Chocolate Prune Cake

I went to a charity coffee morning recently and this traybake was one of the delicious cakes on offer. I asked for the recipe, and was kindly given it.
It's another plain cake, but it has a great flavour. You can never have too many chocolate cake recipes! I rarely use prunes except for a sticky toffee pudding or cake, but I had some left and this is a good way of using them up.

Grease and line a 24x33cm baking tin - it's useful to have the paper hanging over the ends of the tin to help get the cake out easily.
Preheat oven 180C/gas4 
Put 250g of dried prunes in a saucepan with 250ml of strong coffee and simmer for about 10 mins. When they're cool, whizz in a processor or use a stick blender to make a purée - if it's very thick, add a little water or fruit juice.

Melt 250g butter in the microwave or on a low heat. Stir in 250g dark brown sugar and the prune mixture. Add 200g sr flour with 1 tspn baking powder added,  50g cocoa powder, 3 eggs and whisk together. Pour into the tin and bake for 25 mins till the cake is springy to touch. Leave the cake to cool in the tin, then take out and cut into squares.

It's a dense but very moist cake with a delicious, moreish flavour. It's tastes even better if you keep it for a couple of days - not much chance of this in our house! It's a great plain cake, but I made a chocolate ganache to make it even more delicious.


That looks very good. Prunes and chocolate are a fine baking combination, although I've sometimes had to lie about using prunes because people are convinced they don't like them.
Snowy said…
thanks Phil. You can't tell that there are prunes in the cake, so I did lie by omittence!
Snowy said…
sorry, should be omittance☺️
I love prunes in a cake. I feel sorry for prunes - they get a bad press, but are so delicious!

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