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Chocolate Cherry Fruitcake

   Choccherry cake

    Well it is fruitcake season! There is only a few things I make year after year and my cherry chocolate fruitcake is one on them. It is a favorite and if you do not like fruitcake you will love this. This fruitcake has both sour and sweet cherries, dried figs (thye have a bit of a cherry flavor themselves), a hint of orange to perk things up and hunks of bittersweet chocolate to gild the lily. The reason most people do not like fruitcake is because of the candied citron. This recipe does not have citron but does have candied orange peel, you can leave that out and use the zest of two oranges instead. Feel free to play with the combo of fruits, just end up with the same total amount, 2 cups. The same goes with the nuts.

Chocolate fruitcake

    This year I am leaving out the orange and using dried raspberries. We will see what I think (a note, did not like it). I like to use bittersweet chocolate and sour cherries to make up for all those sweet candied cherries. Even though they are so sweet, I love them. Of course the better chocolate you use, the better your fruitcake will be. I use port wine for this because it mirrors the taste of dried cherries, figs, raisins, etc. and helps add a depth of flavor. You can use good old rum or brandy too xox

Chocolate fruitcake 2


Chocolate Cherry Fruitcake

makes 2 loaves or 6 mini


1/4 cup golden raisin

1/2 cup sour dried cherries, cut in half

1/2 cup candied cherries, cut in half

1/4 cup dried figs, cut in small cubes

1/2 cup candied orange peel

a generous cup chopped bittersweet chocolate or chocolate chips

1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts, skinned and chopped

1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped

1/2 cup softened butter

2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1 TBL. vanilla extract

1/4 cup port (or milk)

3/4 cup milk

1 1/2 cups cake flour

1/4 cup coco powder

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

bottle of port



Pre-heat oven 350˚F

In a large bowl mix all fruit, nuts and chopped chocolate. In a mixer bowl cream butter and sugar together. Then mix in eggs and vanilla. Remember to scrap the sides! Sift in separate bowl flour, coco, baking powder, and salt. And in a fourth bowl mix milk and port together. Add half the flour mixture in the creamed butter. Then add milk/port, then the rest of four. Now mix batter into the fruit and nut mixture. Spoon into greased 2 -8 inch round pans or 2 loaf pans or 6 mini loaf pans (that is what I use). Bake till center when poked comes clean, 60 minutes or so. Let cool 10 minutes then un mold. When cool wrap each fruitcake in piece of cheese cloth and set in container to keep. Sprinkle top with port. Next day turn over and sprinkle bottom with port. Next day turn over and keep repeating for a week. Then once a week sprinkle with port. Unless you feel the cake it feeling too wet then stop. Keep cover till Christmas.



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Oh goodness, I am so glad you posted (reposted) this!
I'm wondering - do you think this would ship well overseas? I know my Soldier's guys would snarf this down in a hot second if it ships well.


Oh Clarice! this sounds fantastic! What would I not give to eat at your house!


I'm not a fruitcake lover, but this sounds wonderful!
Thanks Clarice!


Oh, thank you for posting this, Clarice! I am eager to try it! I'll report back to you on my success!(or lack of:()
I just love the artwork of
Patience quirky, fun and festive!

Mrs. Staggs

I love this picture...reminds me a little bit of how I'm feeling lately...nuttier than a fruitcake!
I'm one of the few people I know who actually likes traditional fruitcake and I have wonderful memories of my grandmother making them and putting them into tins to mellow in time for Christmas.
Your recipe looks really good. I love figs and cherries...oh and chocolate! How could this not be good!


Oh, how fun! I have never made fruit cake because I don't like raisins but your recipe sounds wonderful...I'm with Susan, the chocolate won me over!

Susan P.

I am not a fruit cake lover but the chocolate just might win me over! LOL

Terri Pollhein

And this is diet, right? lol

Sounds delicous!


Tracy's Turret

does that ever sound yummy!!


I won't have time to make this now, but plan on keeping this yummy sounding recipe for down the road, maybe next Christmas.
Thanks Clarice....:)


I do not like "traditional" fruitcake, but this sounds yummy to me. I may have to try this, if only just one small cake for myself (and some other choco/cherry lover).


Oh yum Clarice! I gotta try this one :-)

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