Thermomix My Forte, Panforte ~ Cake From Siena

by Tenina Holder
posted 01 Oct, 2019 (last updated 08 Jun, 2020)
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  • Total Time icon
    Total Time
    1hr 10mins
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Panforte is a dense and decadent fruit cake, one that puts all other fruit cakes to shame. It is filled with dark chocolate, crunchy nuts and sweet fruits, all for a textural and delightful cake. It's a great shake up for Christmas time as it's much less common than traditional puddings and much more suitable for an "event" dessert. We have the Italians to thank for this indulgent cake, so you can trust that is is unfalteringly delicious – buon appetito!



  • Dark chocolate icon
    Dark chocolate
    3.53oz/100g (about ½ cup)
  • Dark chocolate icon
    Dark chocolate
    as needed
  • Dried apricots icon
    Dried apricots
    3.53oz/100g (about 6¼)
  • Dried cranberries icon
    Dried cranberries
    3.53oz/100g (about 1 cup)
  • Dried figs icon
    Dried figs
    3.53oz/100g (about 3¼)
  • Nutmeg icon
  • Cinnamon stick icon
    Cinnamon stick
  • Cardamom pods icon
    Cardamom pods
    1 tsp (0.07oz/2g)
  • Ground ginger icon
    Ground ginger
    1 tsp (0.06oz/2g)
  • Vanilla bean icon
    Vanilla bean
  • Roasted cocoa beans icon
    Roasted cocoa beans
    2 tbsp (0.35oz/10g)
  • Unsalted butter icon
    Unsalted butter
    2.65oz/75g (about 5¼ tbsp)
  • Golden caster sugar icon
    Golden caster sugar
    1.76oz/50g (about 4 tbsp)
  • Honey icon
    3.53oz/100g (about 4¾ tbsp)
  • Almond extract icon
    Almond extract
    about ½ tsp (0.08oz/2g)
  • Orange extract icon
    Orange extract
    0.34oz/10g (0.34oz/10g)
  • Cornflour icon
    1.94oz/55g (about ½ cup)
  • Cocoa powder icon
    Cocoa powder
    1.41oz/40g (about ½ cup)
  • Milk chocolate icon
    Milk chocolate
    1.06oz/30g (about 2 tbsp)
  • Mixed nuts icon
    Mixed nuts
    7.05oz/200g (about 1½ cups)
  • Glace cherries icon
    Glace cherries
    3.53oz/100g (about ¾ cup)
  • Icing sugar icon
    Icing sugar
    as needed


  1. Pre-heat oven - 160°C
  2. Grease a clean cake tin
  3. Add nutmeg, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, ground ginger and vanilla bean to the TM5 bowl
  4. Fit TM5 bowl to TM5
  5. Blitz - approx 10 sec, speed 8
  6. Then add dark chocolate, roasted cocoa beans, unsalted butter and golden caster sugar to the TM5 bowl
  7. Chop - approx 2 sec, speed 1
  8. Scrape down sides of TM5 bowl
  9. Add honey to the TM5 bowl
  10. Cook - approx 4 min, 60°C, speed 1
  11. Then add almond extract, orange extract, cornflour, cocoa powder, milk chocolate and dark chocolate to the TM5 bowl
  12. Mix until combined - approx 10 sec, speed 4
  13. Scrape down sides of TM5 bowl
  14. Add mixed nuts, glace cherries, dried apricots, dried cranberries and dried figs to the TM5 bowl
  15. Mix - approx 20 sec, dough
  16. Transfer content of TM5 bowl to cake tin
  17. Bake until fragrant - 30 min, 160°C
  18. Let cool
  19. Dust with icing sugar

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