Chocolate Fruit Cake

Chocolate Fruit Cake

chocolate fruit cake
Chocolate Fruit Cake

I am almost done with my holiday baking spree. Baked a large batch of Chocolate fruit cake over the weekend. Most of the baked goodies have been wrapped and gifted to family and friends. During this time of the year, I usually bake a traditional fruit cake. This season I decided to bake a Chocolate fruit cake recipe using the mixed fruit mix I had prepared the previous year. I am glad I baked this cake which was outrageously delicious.

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Christmas Fruit Cake

This Christmas fruit cake was a breeze to make since I did not have to prepare the caramel. A sinfully rich Chocolate Fruit cake with mixed fruits that have been steeped in rum for over a year, cocoa powder and mixed spice. I adapted David Lebovitz’s Chocolate cherry cake recipe. I enjoyed baking this cake which has decadence written all over it. The preparation of mixed fruits for fruit cake can be found in my fruit cake recipe post. You can halve the recipe to make two 9″ cakes. With the below recipe, I made four loaves, two 4″ round cakes and one 6″ round cake.

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Fruit cakes gift wrapped

Chocolate Fruit Cake

  • Prep time:
  • Cook time:
  • Serves: 30

Main Ingredients:

  1. flour
  2. mixed fruits


  • Maida - 3 cups, (all purpose flour)
  • Cocoa powder - 3/4 cup
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp
  • Baking soda - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon powder - 3/4 tsp
  • Nutmeg powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Clove powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Butter - 1 1/2 cups
  • Sugar - 1 1/2 cups
  • Brown sugar - 3/4 cup
  • Vanilla essence - 2 tsps
  • Eggs - 5
  • Buttermilk - 1 1/4 cups, (or thick yogurt)
  • Mixed dried fruits - 2 1/2 cups - toss in 1 1/2 tbsps flour (refer fruit cake recipe on how to make mixed dried fruits in rum or orange juice)
  • Mixed nuts - 1/2 cup (I used almonds)
  • Glazed cherries - 1/2 cup (chopped)
  • Chocolate chips - 1/2 cup


  1. Pre-heat oven to 160 C. Grease four 7" cake pans and line with parchment paper.
  2. Sieve flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon powder, clove powder and nutmeg powder. Keep aside the dry ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the softened butter for a minute. Add sugar and brown sugar and beat until the sugar is well blended. Add lightly beaten eggs, vanilla essence and mix well.
  4. Add a third of the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Add a third of the yogurt/buttermilk and mix. Again add a third of the dry ingredients and mix, followed by the yogurt. Repeat this process and end with the dry ingredients. Do not over beat.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips, mixed fruits, glazed cherries and chopped nuts. Do not over mix.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pans till half full.
  7. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 160C for 55 mts and for 10 to 15 mts at 130C or until a toothpick inserted in its center comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Wrap in plastic foil and leave for 12 to 24 hours at room temperature.
  8. Slice and serve.


  • If you do not have glazed cherries, you can omit them.
  • Use any nuts of your choice.
  • All ingredients should be at room temperature.
  • If you do not have brown sugar, replace it with granulated sugar.
  • The above recipe makes a lot of cake batter. You can halve the recipe and make 2 large cakes or 4 medium sized round cakes.
  • Oven temperatures differ from oven to oven. For larger cakes, bake for a slightly longer time and lesser time for smaller cakes. Do not over bake or the cake will become dry. Check from 50 mts onwards.



Looking for a Christmas cake recipe? Try Chocolate Fruit Cake for a change from the traditional plum cake or fruit cake.


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  • Hema

    Hello Sailu,

    Great work sailu garu. Really hatsoff to your work
    I wish I could be your friend staying close to your home to enjoy all those delicacies :)

  • Hema

    Hello Sailu,

    Great work sailu garu. Really hatsoff to your work
    I wish I could be your friend staying close to your home to enjoy all those delicacies :)

    • Priya darshini

      i wish the same sailaja garu :-)
      absolutely love ur presentation. plz adopt me 😀

  • Nandini M

    Chocolate lovers sure would love to have this cake…Love the presentation as well… :)

  • guest

    can you please tell me how to do with out eggs

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Replace 1 egg with 1 tbsp flax seed powder. Add the flax seed powder to 3 or 4 tbsps luke warm water and leave aside for 5-7 mts. Beat well for 3 mts and use them in place of eggs.

  • ishani

    i am a Bengali but will soon enter a Telugu speaking household and so learning Andhra recipes i love ur recipes and have learn t a lot my latest problem is i don’t have a convection microwave i just have a normal grill+microwave and want to bake cakes & fruit cakes if u can please help me i will be grateful to u
    thank you

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      I would advise you to invest in a small OTG (oven/toast/grill) for all your baking needs. OTG is the best.

  • shreepriya

    how to bake this cake in a microwave

  • Naveena

    Very nice presentation.. I loved the gift wrapping the cake…

  • Ragini

    I’m a Malaysian. I baked this cake on thursday and it came out beautifully. It tastes good and my parents and siblings loved it. I used 1 cup finely granulated sugar and 1 cup light brown sugar. I did not have buttermilk and used thick yogurt instead. Loved it very much.. I’l definitely bake it again.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  • Sonu

    How many grams if butter did you use for the recipe and my 1 cup of flour weighs 125 that fine too..please help

    • Sonu

      Please help as soon as possible

      • Sailu | Indian Food

        1 cup flour = 140 gms. 1 1/2 cups butter = 340 gms

        • Sonu

          Hi dear do I have to dust the soaked. Fruits with flour before adding…and one more thing can you please please please tell me me how much ingrdnts to take for a smaller cake because I tried so many recipes and every yime I failed and it got wasted so please understand me and tell me to make a small cake how much ingrdnts to take please I request

          • Sonu

            Please help me at earliest please….have a function coming and if the trial works want to make it for the function please help