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Tropical Chocolate Fruit Cake

Updated on January 21, 2015

A Different Kind of Fruit Cake

This fruit cake is loaded with tropical fruits...and includes chocolate! Yumm...What more could you ask for? It's heaven on a Tropical Island of cake!

This is a recipe I've had for about 30 years or so! It came as a free leaflet from Cadbury, the chocolate people, when I was living in Africa. The booklet includes recipes of Susan Sinclair and this introduction photo is taken from the booklet.

Two of my favorite types of cake: rich fruit cake AND chocolate...

Let me share this tropical chocolate delight with you! Make this for your Valentine...your own tropical island!

The Cake

fruit cake
fruit cake


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup lite brown sugar (yellow sugar)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of avocado pulp
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped glace pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped glace watermelon
  • 3/4 cup dried banana
  • 1/4 cup glace ginger
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rum or rum essence
  • 3/4 cup chopped mixed nuts - peanuts (not too many) brazils and cashews
  • 6 oz (170g) Cadbury Bournville Chocolate (melted)


  1. Prepare fruits and mix in a bowl with the rum. Cream butter and sugar until soft and creamy. Add avocado pulp and cream well. Stir in the melted chocolate. Add eggs, one at a time and beat well. Add fruits and sieved dry ingredients.
  2. Turn into a deep 8 inch cake tin (preferably with a loose bottom) which has been greased and lined with greaseproof paper.
  3. Bake for 3 hours in a 300 deg oven. When cool, ice with frosting.
  4. The two palm trees are made by sticking two Cadbury's Lunch Bars together with icing (use a alternative chocolate bar if unavailable) and cutting in half. The leaves are made by sticking glace watermelon or angelica on the top of the chocolate bar using icing.
  5. The cake should be kept for at least a week before cutting to allow it to mature. It will keep moist for several weeks, even after cutting.
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The ingredients


Chocolate is what makes this fruit cake special. While the original calls for Cadbury's Bournville Chocolate (suitable for vegetarians) there is no reason why a quality substitute can't be used.

Bournville - 6 Pack
Bournville - 6 Pack

A delicious treat for lovers of dark chocolate. Those who don't like the flavor of the dark variety of chocolates will probably find it too bitter, but it is great for cooking! And isn't that what you will be doing here, cooking with it?

I personally love dark need to eat it in small pieces and that's good for the calorie count.


The Fruits

The recipe calls for glace but candied will work, as long as it is not too in lots of syrup. If it has lots of syrup, drain. Crystallised can be substituted too.


Photo by Lyn Bell

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The Frosting

Quick Frosting

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Green food coloring


  1. Place all ingredients, except the vanilla essence and coloring, in a double boiler. Beat 1 minute with electric mixer or a little longer with a hand beater. Cook over boiling water, beating constantly until mixture forms peaks (about 7 minutes). Remove from heat and add vanilla essence and drop of green coloring. Beat until spreading consistency.
  2. Decorate the cold Tropical Fruit Cake with your frosting.
McCormick Culinary Green Food Color, 16 fl oz, Premium Quality and Color in Every Batch, Great for Holiday and Event Recipes
McCormick Culinary Green Food Color, 16 fl oz, Premium Quality and Color in Every Batch, Great for Holiday and Event Recipes

This is a well thought of brand of coloring. Not being available in New Zealand I cannot vouch for it personally.


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Beat by Hand?

Do you prefer to use a hand beater or electric beater?

Hand Beater

OXO Good Grips Egg Beater
OXO Good Grips Egg Beater

An old fashioned egg beater made to accommodate the modern lifestyle. Yes, this is dishwasher safe! The beaters themselves detach for easy cleaning.

Easy and convenient to store and use this beater gives fluffy results and is comfortable to use. A 5 star beater.


Electric Beater

Hamilton Beach 62680 MixMate Ultra 6-Speed Hand Mixer
Hamilton Beach 62680 MixMate Ultra 6-Speed Hand Mixer

This value for money electric beater is easy on the wrists and comfortable to use. It has 6 speeds and is able to stand on the workbench while you add ingredients.


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I'd love to know what you think.

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this information and these tips. Very thorough and so well done!

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      I personally love fruit cake and I love chocolate ... so why not together in a recipe?

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      tomazg 4 years ago

      This chocolate fruit cake sounds great! I love tropical fruit.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Does this ever sound like a yummy recipe. I would love a slice right now. - May I have a glass of milk with that, too? :)

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      This recipe has got to result in a masterpiece. I love fruitcake any way you serve it.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Sounds very much yummy :)