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Serious Chocolate Prune Cake

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A very sumptuous version of Nigella's dense chocolate loaf cake (Domestic Goddess) - for those who appreciate prunes and not for the faint hearted although it isn't at all heavy.


Serves: 6-8

  • 4 ounces butter
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate (best, patissier)
  • 1 ounce almond meal
  • 2 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 2 ounces unsweetened cocoa
  • 5 ounces soft brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 20 cooked, chopped pitted prunes (save the cooking juice for the warm liquid)
  • 3 fluid ounces water (to add to the warm liquid, if necessary)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (add to the warm liquid)
  • 2 tablespoons alcohol (I use Prunelle which is a locally produced plum liqueur, but some people like Armagnac with prunes)


Serious Chocolate Prune Cake is a community recipe submitted by Anonymous and has not been tested by so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • Prepare a standard 8inch loaf tin with baking parchment lining.
  • Carefully melt together the butter, molasses and chocolate. When the mixture is cool enough add the sugar and mix well.
  • Beat the eggs in a separate receptacle and add them too, mix well.
  • Next gently stir in the almond meal, flour and unsweetened cocoa. Now add the 3 fl oz of warm liquid into which you have stirred the bicarb. soda. If there is sufficient I use the juice from cooking the pitted prunes with hot water added if necessary.
  • Lastly stir in the cooked, stoned and quartered pitted prunes and alcohol if using. N.B. A very liquid batter but don't be alarmed!
  • Bake at gas mark 5 / 190°C for 30 minutes. Turn oven down to gas mark 3 and cook for 15 more minutes. COOL IN TIN. Best left in a cake tin for a couple of days before tasting as it keeps well and matures nicely.
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    What 1 Other has said

    • I printed this recipe intending to make it as a birthday cake. What I couldn't get around, however, was the lack of an amount of liquid. Since you are not told how much water to stew the prunes in, nor to what measure to add hot water to the prune cooking water, I decided not to try it. Alas -- I liked the recipe overall and the addition of liquor. I have some Sljivovica to use.

      Posted by ets on 13th July 2013
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