Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake

This Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake is full of delicious festive spices, filled with spiced caramel and topped with Kirsch Cream and Caramelised Nuts! Perfect for the holiday season. 

Spiced Chocolate Christmas Cake - This Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake is full of delicious festive spices, filled with spiced caramel and topped with Kirsch Cream and Caramelised Nuts! Perfect for the holiday season.

We’re really on the final run to Christmas now, less than a week to go now! This amazing cake is day five of my Countdown til Christmas – where I’m posting a festive recipe every day up until Christmas day. The first of my Countdown til Christmas recipes, the spiced caramel, is the yummy filling in this cake! Day 2 was a Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake, Day 3 was Peppermint Puppy Chow and Day 4 was Mince Pies


Spiced Chocolate Christmas Cake - This Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake is full of delicious festive spices, filled with spiced caramel and topped with Kirsch Cream and Caramelised Nuts! Perfect for the holiday season.

This Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake is kind of along the same vein as the mince pies in that I made it because I really don’t like traditional Christmas cake – you know, the dried fruit cake fed with brandy for weeks, don’t like it! Unlike my take on mince pies, this cake doesn’t take the same basic aspects of a Christmas cake it’s just what I want in a Christmas cake! 

Spiced Chocolate Christmas Cake - This Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake is full of delicious festive spices, filled with spiced caramel and topped with Kirsch Cream and Caramelised Nuts! Perfect for the holiday season.

I start with my favourite Devil’s Food Cake recipe and make it a little more festive with spices and clementines. Then I filled it with yummy spiced caramel and topped it with Kirsch spiked whipped cream and caramelised walnuts. And I’m not going to lie to you, this is quite possibly the best cake I have ever made! I was really sad to send it off to work with my mum, but if I knew if I didn’t I would sit and eat the cake in one sitting! The cake is rich and chocolately with just enough Christmas spice to get anybody in the festive spirit, the caramel is smooth and warming and adds to that Christmassy feel, and the cream? The Kirsch spiked cream really is a must, that subtle cherry flavour combined with the festive chocolate is just to die for. And the Christmas goes all the way to the figuritive cherries on top, the walnuts are caramelised in sugar, clementine and cinnamon, so good! The actual cherries on top are just a nice little touch I think! It may not be what most people think of when they hear “Christmas Cake” but there’s no denying that this is one!

Spiced Chocolate Christmas Cake - This Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake is full of delicious festive spices, filled with spiced caramel and topped with Kirsch Cream and Caramelised Nuts! Perfect for the holiday season.

You really should bake this cake this holiday, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you’ll blow your friends and family out of the water! And it’s not a lot of work to make, even the caramel is super easy to make! And any effort put into it is so totally worth it! I make and eat a lot of cake, but it really is hard to top this one! Bake it now, thank me later ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Spiced Chocolate Christmas Cake - This Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake is full of delicious festive spices, filled with spiced caramel and topped with Kirsch Cream and Caramelised Nuts! Perfect for the holiday season.

I hope those of you who celebrate Christmas are almost ready to go, and there’s not too much last minute panicking! I’m all done with m Christmas shopping, I’m just waiting for a last few things to arrive, once they’re wrapped and under the tree all I have is a couple things to bake on Christmas eve and I’m done! 

Spiced Chocolate Christmas Cake - This Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake is full of delicious festive spices, filled with spiced caramel and topped with Kirsch Cream and Caramelised Nuts! Perfect for the holiday season.

I’m going to be bringing this delicious Christmas cake along to Fiesta Friday this week too, because what’s a party without lots and lots of cake? Plus, the next time we all party together Christmas will be all over with! So why not come join the party just in time for Christmas, there’s bounds to be lots of festive fun and treats, especially with the amazing Jhuls and Indu co hosting for us this week! 

Come hang out with me on social media, I’d love to keep up with y’all this holiday season! You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook

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Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake
A rich, delicious chocolate with christmas spices, spiced caramel, kirsch spiked whipped cream and caramelised walnuts
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For the cake
  1. 225g plain flour (all purpose flour)
  2. 375g caster sugar (super fine granulated sugar)
  3. 75g unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 1/2 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
  6. 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  9. 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  10. 2 clementines, zest and juice
  11. 240ml buttermilk, room temperature
  12. 120ml vegetable oil
  13. 2 large eggs, room temperature
  14. 1tsp vanilla extract
  15. ~230ml freshly brewed hot strong coffee
For the cream
  1. 300ml double cream (heavy cream), cold
  2. 3 tbsp Kirsch
For the nuts
  1. 50g walnuts
  2. 1 clementine, juice
  3. 15g butter
  4. 1 tbsp caster sugar
  5. 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Also needed
  1. 1 batch of spiced caramel, linked below
For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/170C. Grease and line two 8โ€ณ cake pans
  2. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, cornflour, baking powder, bicarb, salt, cinnamon, cloves and clementine zest and set aside
  3. Combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla using a stand mixer or hand mixer then gradually add the dry ingredients with the mixer on low. Add the clementine juice to a measuring jug and fill jug up to 240ml with the coffee. Add the coffee mix. You will have a very thin, water like batter โ€“ donโ€™t worry, itโ€™s supposed to be like that!
  4. Pour the batter evenly between the tins and bake for approx 25 -30mins or until your cake tester comes out clean.
  5. Leave to cool in pan for 5 minutes, then turn out on wire rack and leave to cool completely before filling.
  6. Spread generous amounts of spiced caramel on one half of the cake and top with the other half
  7. For the nuts
  8. Put the clementine juice, butter, cinnamon and sugar into a non stick frying pan and melt together. Let it gently sizzle for about 60 seconds and then add the walnuts. Stir to coat the walnuts and gently cook, moving the nuts around occasionally to stop them sticking. They're done when all the liquid has disappeared and your nuts are shiny and coated in caramel. Set aside to cool.
For the cream
  1. Add the double cream and Kirsch to your stand mixer bowl and whip until you just have stiff peaks. Spoon generously on top of the cake.
  2. Sprinkle the cooled walnuts on top of the cake and top with cherries if desired.
Notes
  1. If you don't have Kirsch (cherry flavour), you could also use Grand Marnier (orange flavour) or even Baileys.
  2. Store in the fridge, will keep for 2-3 days with cream. Without cream, will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days
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37 comments

  1. Jhuls says:

    Tell me, Michelle… Honestly, do you even get out from the kitchen? Or maybe you sleep there? Hahaha! This cake looks so festive and so delicious. Thank you for bringing this to tdday’s FF! Have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Judi Graber says:

    When I read “spiced” and saw such a pretty looking cake I knew you made another great dessert. Your recipe sounds too good to be true; chocolate, caramel, Kirsch – I need a couple slices of this cake ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Justine says:

    You know i have had my eye on this cake, i earmarked it in my brain lol, it looks so wonderful and well moist and gooey lol, that got my attention. I think I have all the ingredients now so will definitely be attempting to make it over the festive break, cant wait xx Thank you so much for bringing this to the table, its fabuloso and Happy Christmas to you and all nearest and dearest xx

  4. Indu says:

    ha ha Michelle, this is just my kind of Christmas Cake too! Chocolate, caramel,Kirsch, spice and walnuts! Nothing can beat that.! I am not a great fan of the fruit cake either so I totally vote for this to be the new Christmas Cake ! ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for bringing to Fiesta Friday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Laura@Baking in Pyjamas says:

    Great take on the traditional Christmas, I’m one of the many few that LOVE Christmas cake. That caramel filling looks heavenly. I’m opening the link party early this week to make up for missing last weeks, so be sure to stop by and link up at the earlier time of Saturday 8am UK time. Happy New Year!

  6. Justine says:

    I made this cake i made this cake omg the best cake i have ever tasted seriously i died and went to heaven, well worth the 3 horus it took me to make it lol. I promise to do a shout out about it soon and will let you know when i do x

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