Serves: 12
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 40 mins

Christmas Pudding Cake

Now everyone can enjoy Christmas cake with this chocolate based twist on the traditional fruit cake.


  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 200ml boiling hot water
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 50g dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large Ella Valentine eggs, room temperature
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 200g luxury mixed dried fruit

Brandy Buttercream

  • 120g butter, softened
  • 200g icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tsp brandy

Decoration - You will need:

  • 500g chocolate sugarpaste
  • 100g white sugarpaste
  • sugar holly leaf, to decorate


Wilton sports ball pan ( use one half of the pan) - or a ceramic mixing bowl well greased & floured


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and lightly flour one half of the sports ball pan.
  2. 2. Stir the hot water with the cocoa until smooth and leave to cool.
  3. 3. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together and set aside.
  4. 4. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add the vanilla extract. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. 5. Add the flour in one go. Then the cooled cocoa powder. Fold in the dried fruit.
  6. 6. Pour the mixture into the sports ball pan, filling halfway and bake for 40 minutes or until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Place on wire racks to cool completely.

Brandy Buttercream

  1. 1. Cream the butter, gradually add the sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the brandy and continue creaming until fully combined. Crumb coat the cake with the buttercream. Chill for 15 minutes then layer one more coat of buttercream over the cake.


  1. 1. Lightly flour a clean surface. Roll out the chocolate sugarpaste to 5mm thickness using a rolling pin. Cover the cake and smooth out with a fondant smoother. Roll out the white sugar paste. Using a thin palette knife to cut, freestyle a wiggly circle to represent the icing of a Christmas pudding. Place on top of the cake. Add a sugar holly leaf to garnish.