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A chocolate cake crossed with Christmas pudding covered in a chocolate nutty nest topping!
We were having a tough time deciding on what to have for dessert on Christmas this year. Tom wanted a chocolate cake, while the parents wanted a Christmas pudding, so I decided to combine the two and top it with an adapted version of the nest cakes I made at Easter.

It was so fruity and moist inside and looked really pretty on our dinner table.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1129 projects »
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  • How to bake a chocolate cake. Christmas Wreath Cake - Step 1
    Step 1

    Grate the zest of the oranges into a pan and then squeeze in the juice.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. Christmas Wreath Cake - Step 2
    Step 2

    Gently heat dissolving the brown sugar.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. Christmas Wreath Cake - Step 3
    Step 3

    Add the water and spiced rum.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. Christmas Wreath Cake - Step 4
    Step 4

    Add the dried fruit and simmer for 10 minutes.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. Christmas Wreath Cake - Step 5
    Step 5

    Add the cranberries and continue stewing for another 5 - 10 minutes until the fruit has softened.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. Christmas Wreath Cake - Step 6
    Step 6

    Whisk together the butter, sugar and eggs.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. Christmas Wreath Cake - Step 7
    Step 7

    Add the cocoa, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. Christmas Wreath Cake - Step 8
    Step 8

    Add half of the flour, then the milk, then the remaining flour.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. Christmas Wreath Cake - Step 9
    Step 9

    Mix in the stewed cranberries and fruit.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. Christmas Wreath Cake - Step 10
    Step 10

    Pour into a greased bundt tin.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. Christmas Wreath Cake - Step 11
    Step 11

    Bake for 35 minutes at 180'C.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. Christmas Wreath Cake - Step 12
    Step 12

    Leave to cool before turning out of the tin.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. Christmas Wreath Cake - Step 13
    Step 13

    Break the shredded wheat into a bowl and stir in the nuts and sesame seeds.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. Christmas Wreath Cake - Step 14
    Step 14

    Break the chocolate into a separate bowl and melt in a microwave.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. Christmas Wreath Cake - Step 15
    Step 15

    Stir the honey into the melted chocolate.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. Christmas Wreath Cake - Step 16
    Step 16

    Mix the chocolate into the shredded wheat until it's all coated.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. Christmas Wreath Cake - Step 17
    Step 17

    Plaster the cake with the topping, making sure to cover ever bit.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. Christmas Wreath Cake - Step 18
    Step 18

    Decorate with fresh cranberries.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. Christmas Wreath Cake - Step 19
    Step 19

    Sprinkle with gold edible glitter.

  • How to bake a chocolate cake. Christmas Wreath Cake - Step 20
    Step 20

    Top with a few washed holly leaves and you're done!

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