Chocolate, prune and nut cake recipe

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The dark chocolate in this cake makes it a deliciously rich treat- and with a splash of brandy, it becomes even tastier.

  • healthy
Preparation Time30 mins
Cooking Time1 hours 10 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories480 Kcal24%

The dark chocolate in this cake makes it a deliciously rich treat- and with a splash of brandy, it becomes even tastier. Unlike our classic chocolate cake, this gets its moist rich flavour from a handful of prunes chopped pecans and dark chocolate.


  • 150g (5oz) ready-to-eat prunes
  • 3tbsp brandy or black coffee
  • 200g (7oz) dark chocolate
  • 250g (9oz) butter, softened
  • 250g (9oz) caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 125g (4oz) plain flour, sifted
  • 100g (3 1/2oz) pecans, finely chopped
  • Icing sugar, to dust (optional)




  1. Finely chop the prunes (use a processor if possible), then stir in the brandy or black coffee and set aside. Chop the chocolate into pieces about the size of raisins ? this is best done by hand. Preheat the oven to 180°C/355°/gas 4. Take a deep, 23cm-diameter, loose-bottomed, round cake tin and line the base and sides with baking paper.
  2. Beat the butter and caster sugar until creamy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add a tablespoon of flour with the last two.
  3. Fold in the prunes, pecans, chocolate and the rest of the flour. Turn the mixture into the tin and bake for between 55 mins and 1 hr 10 mins or until the top springs back when lightly pressed. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 mins, then turn out and finish cooling on a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar.

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Jessica Dady
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Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies