Christmas Cake with Fudge Frosting Recipe

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Christmas Cake with Fudge Frosting
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  1. Make cake: Mix chopped dried figs, dried currants and brandy in medium bowl. Let stand 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1-inch jelly roll pan. Line with parchment. Butter and flour parchment. Drain fruit mixture; reserve soaking liquid. Mix sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and spices in large bowl. Whisk prune juice, buttermilk, butter and eggs in medium bowl to blend. Add prune juice mixture to dry ingredients and whisk to blend. fold in drained fruit.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth top. Bake until tester inserted into center o cake comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool in pan on rack.
  4. Make frosting: Bring reserved fruit soaking liquid, cream and butter to simmer in heavy large saucepan, whisking until butter melts. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth.Add sour cream and whisk to blend. Refrigerate frosting until thick enough to spread, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.
  5. Run sharp knife around pan sides to loosen cake. Turn out cake onto work surface. Peel off parchment. Using serrated knife, cut cake crosswise into three 5 10-inch rectangles. Place 1 cake piece on platter. Tuck waxed paper strips under cake on all sides to protect platter. Spread 1/2 cup frosting over cake. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup chopped walnuts. Top with second cake piece. Spread 1/2 cup frosting over. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup chopped walnuts. Top with third cake piece. Spoon 3/4 cup frosting into pastry bag fitted with small star tip and reserve. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Press remaining chopped walnuts onto sides of cake. Remove waxed paper strips. Using reserved frosting, pipe 5 rosettes atop cake along each ling edge, spacing evenly. Place walnut halves between rosettes. Refrigerate 1 hour to set frosting. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated. Let stand 2 hours at room temperature before serving.)
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 713.08 Kcal (2986 kJ)
Calories from fat 488.02 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 54.22g 83%
Cholesterol 137.6mg 46%
Sodium 179.61mg 7%
Potassium 309.49mg 7%
Total Carbs 51.13g 17%
Sugars 33.18g 133%
Dietary Fiber 4.45g 18%
Protein 9.14g 18%
Vitamin C 1.4mg 2%
Vitamin A 0.4mg 15%
Iron 2.1mg 12%
Calcium 121.9mg 12%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 384.69 Kcal (1611 kJ)
Calories from fat 263.28 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29.25g 83%
Cholesterol 74.23mg 46%
Sodium 96.89mg 7%
Potassium 166.96mg 7%
Total Carbs 27.58g 17%
Sugars 17.9g 133%
Dietary Fiber 2.4g 18%
Protein 4.93g 18%
Vitamin C 0.7mg 2%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 15%
Iron 1.1mg 12%
Calcium 65.8mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 18
  • 20

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium

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