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Chocolate Fruit Cake in Bundt Tin

Asked by jack2k6. Answered on 5th November 2015

Full question

Would I be able to make the Chocolate Fruit Cake recipe in my 10-cup bundt tin rather than the usual round tin? If so, how should I line it?

Our answer

Nigella's Chocolate Fruit Cake (from Feast and on the Nigella website) is a popular alternative to a traditional fruitcake. It still requires a longer baking time at a lower oven temperature to make sure that the cake is cooked all of the way through. Unfortunately we have not tried to make the cake in a bundt tin ourselves so we regret that we are unable to give any guidance on the baking of the cake, as a cake in a bundt tin will have a shorter cooking time than a cake in a round tin. We would guess that you would need to start to check the cake after 1 hour of baking.

We would also mention that if you choose to use a bundt tin it should be one that has very little pattern or ridges and preferably an even width all the way around (ie not a tin that is tapered towards the bottom). Due to the longer baking time, the edges of a fruit cake can burn easily and this would be more of a risk with a shaped bundt tin. It would be difficult to line a bundt tin but you could try using a non-stick baking spray or grease the tin very thoroughly with vegetable oil, even if it is a non-stick tin.

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