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Friday Food: Fruit Cake Chocolate Truffles

There are lots of recipes for making truffles with fruit cake. This is one of the very easiest. I did find it in the Donna Hay Dec/Jan 2013 Issue, just as I hoped. No copha, no fuss at all really.

The rum can be replaced with alcohol of your choice (cherry brandy) , or some fruit juice, even tea. I used Dutch cocoa for the 'dusting' and even went the extra mile to decorate one plum pudding-style.

Though these are quick, there is waiting time of about 30 minutes and then another 30. The second waiting time could easily be overnight!!

I made 1/3 of the recipe. You just use the ratio of 3 parts fruit cake to 2 parts dark chocolate and you can make any amount you choose. I would even go as far as to say any kind of fruit cake would work, so you could use whatever you have in the cupboard. I didn't even blend the cake in the food processor, I just crumbled it by hand.

I think you could make a batch now, and keep them in the fridge until required. They would be a handy last minute gift, or you could take them to dinner at a friend's house. I am taking these to Leukaemia Support Group Christmas BBQ!!


Fruit Cake Chocolate Truffles   makes about 20

  • 300g dark fruit cake, home-made or bought from the shop
  • 200g dark chocolate, melted
  • 200g dark chocolate melted, extra
  • cocoa for dusting
  • or a little white chocolate melted and red and green glace cherries

Combine the crumbled cake and rum.

To melt the chocolate, microwave carefully on 50% power, 1 minute at a time - or place in a china or glass heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Don't let the water cross the chocolate's beam or it will seize. This is bad.

Melt and mix

Add the melted chocolate and combine well. This is where I deviated from the recipe. I rolled the mixture into a cylinder shape and twisted the ends of the baking paper.


Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until it is set enough to handle, but not too hard to cut or roll into a ball.

Slice into tablespoon amounts and roll into balls. I decided to pop the truffles into the freezer for 15 minutes or so, it just made them easier to dip into the melted chocolate.

Roll and refrigerate

Melt the extra dark chocolate and dip or roll the truffles so they are covered. Place carefully on baking paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes or over night.

I put the cocoa in a ziplock bag and gentle wafted the truffles around. Very gently!! And you are done.

Coat and dust

I also decorated one truffle as a plum pudding, with a little white chocolate dolloped on top and some glace cherries representing holly. Ta da!!






Judy Edmonds

DROOL!!!! Have fun at the BBQ :)


Mmmmm, boozy fruity truffle balls - yes please!


Oh, they sound yummy! thank you for this recipe! I don't think I should make them yet, though, lest they be nibbled away before ever we get to Christmas!

Catherine Roberts

Oh I should try this for the last Christmas morning tea at work,I might add a little more rum,hehehe


I have made these before, not the same recipe but similar. I found the dipping in chocolate bit terribly messy, and my chocolate kept getting too solid to dip well (it was probably too cool in the kitchen, must turn off AC if making these again!). Also a good tip to refrigerate before rolling in chocolate, that probably helps them stop being quite so crumbly.
Also, YUM!


These look really yummy!!!


OOoh now these are eminently a good idea!!

Amy P

I'm salivating just looking at them! Seems like a good excuse to pick up a reduced-price cake in the early new year!

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