Chocolate and prune cake

This wonderfully squidgy cake from Diabetes UK is delicious with afternoon tea or a little yogurt or ice cream for a special dessert
Chocolate and prune cake
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  • Serves: 12
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes plus overnight soaking
  • Effort: easy


  • 125 g ready-to-eat prunes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp armagnac, or orange juice if you prefer
  • 225 g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 200 ml buttermilk
  • few drops vanilla essence
  • 100 g butter, or polyunsaturated margarine
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs, beaten

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Nutritional information: Each serving contains 213 calories, 5 g protein, 30g carbohydrates, 9 g fat

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1. Place the prunes and Armagnac or orange juice in a small bowl and set aside for at least 30 minutes, preferably overnight.

2. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and flour a 23cm square cake tin.

3. Sift together the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder into a bowl.
In a separate bowl, stir together the buttermilk and vanilla essence. In a third bowl, cream together the butter (or margarine) and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the egg a little at a time, beating between each addition.

4. Into this bowl, gradually fold in alternate spoons of the flour mixture and the buttermilk mix. Gently stir through the soaked prunes, then spoon into the prepared tin.

5. Bake for 3540 minutes until a skewer comes out clean when inserted.
Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack.

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