i’m a big fan of fruit cakes and love the fact that they keep so well. this chocolate and dried fig cake from dan lepard is very different to the traditional fruit cake that might have been made at the end of last year as part of the christmas stockpiling but it is no less delicious.
dried figs are softened in a warmed mix of honey and marsala but i think you can vary the alcohol to take into account whatever you have an excess of – i actually used the dregs of a bottle of welsh elderport which has wonderful berry flavours which, i think, go really well with chocolate.
decoration is also a matter of taste – i smothered mine with melted dark chocolate (as pictured above) and then allowed my inner barbie free reign with the edible glitter; the original recipe has a more elegant approach witrh fresh figs and chocolate ivy leaves.
whatever you use will be wonderful and actually this is all about the eating – a gently spiced chocolate and dried fruit delight. i took one into the office and had to provide the recipe to several colleagues one of whom has declared it will usurp the traditional christmas cake and christmas pudding options that she usually falls back. as for me, i’m happy eating it whatever the time of year.