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Mulled Wine Chocolate Wreath

This port-spiked chocolate cake is pure luxury. With subtle spicing and notes of orange, this Bundt makes the ideal last minute Christmas centrepiece to impress friends and family

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 375ml port
  • 3 large eggs
  • 350 ml milk
  • 185g butter, melted and cooled
  • 400g caster sugar
  • grated zest and freshly squeezed juice of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • a generous pinch of salt
  • 335g plain flour
  • 125g cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of/ baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • winter fruits, to decorate
  • FOR THE GLAZE
  • 75g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 75g butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 50ml port
  • EXTRAS:
  • a 25-cm/10-in. cake ring, greased and floured

Method

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas 4.
  2. Heat the port in a saucepan set over a gentle heat until just boiling. In the meantime, whisk together the eggs, milk and melted butter in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix in the sugar, orange zest and juice, vanilla and salt.
  4. Sift in the flour, cocoa and raising agents and add the spices before whisking until thoroughly combined. Continue to whisk while gradually adding the hot port. The batter will be very wet.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan and bake in the preheated oven for 40–45 minutes, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Leave the cake to cool in its pan on top of a wire rack for 10 minutes, before turning out and leaving to cool completely.
  6. Put all of the glaze ingredients into a small pan set over a gentle heat and stir until the chocolate and butter have melted and the glaze is streak free. Leave to cool until thick enough to pour without it rolling off the sides of the cake.
  7. Place a sheet of baking parchment underneath the wire rack to catch any drips. Pour the glaze over the cold cake. Decorate with winter fruits and leave the cake to set completely at room temperature before transferring to a serving plate or cake stand.
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