Recipe Chocolate Mocha Slice with Dates and Raisins

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This was a bit of an experiment - I used a basic chocolate cake recipe but then tweaked it around by adding coffee, dates and raisins. The result is a very grown-up dark rich and moist cake. Its good served as a dessert, with cream.

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Ingredients

75 g dates
150 ml strong coffee (I used instant)
50 g butter
120 g sugar
1 egg
175 g flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 heaped teaspoons of cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
100 g plump raisins
Apricot jam to glaze

Method
  • Soak the dates in the coffee for 20 mins. Remove and set aside the dates and reserve the coffee.
  • Heat the oven to 175 C.
  • Melt the butter in a large bowl. Add the sugar and the egg and beat together.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, cocoa, salt and the coffee. Beat together to make a fairly liquid batter.
  • Add the raisins and stir through.
  • Pour the batter into a greased cake tin (I used a 23 cm springform tin)
  • Arrange the dates on top of the batter.
  • Bake at 180 C for 25 - 35 mins or until cooked through.
  • Allow to cool and remove the cake from the tin.
  • Brush with melted apricot jam.
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