Buckwheat Bundt Cake with Cranberries and Dark Chocolate

This gluten-free recipe for a show-stopping buckwheat bundt cake perfectly balances the fresh and tart cranberries with a decadent dark chocolate glaze, topped with delicious fresh figs for a majestic finish.

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In the Celle region in Lower Saxony, Germany, buckwheat cake with lingonberries is a real classic, but cranberries are a good substitute. Here we have reinterpreted the traditional recipe in bundt cake form. The cranberries keep the buckwheat sponge moist, a chocolate glaze adds the finishing touch, and the whole cake is crowned with fresh figs.

Makes 1 bundt cake
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 50 min
Total time: 1 h 10 min


For the cake mix:
5 eggs
150g (5½oz) dark muscovado sugar
250ml (9fl oz) mild vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
2-3 drops vanilla extract
175g (6oz) buckwheat flour, plus extra for dusting
75g (6oz) cornflour
150g (5½oz) ground hazelnuts
5 tsp baking powder
A pinch salt
175ml (6fl oz) almond milk
200g (7oz) frozen cranberries, thawed
50g (1¾oz) dark chocolate, 70 per cent cocoa content, roughly chopped
30g (1oz) dark chocolate, 70 per cent cocoa content, roughly chopped
3 fresh figs, quartered

Essential kit

You will need: a bundt tin (diameter 22cm/8½ in).


Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Beat the eggs and sugar in a bowl for several minutes with an electric whisk, gradually adding the oil and vanilla extract as you go. In a second bowl, combine the flour, cornflour, hazelnuts, baking powder, and salt. Add this in batches to the egg mixture, alternating with the milk and mixing everything gently. Add the chocolate to the mixture, carefully folding it in along with the cranberries.

Grease a bundt tin (diameter 22cm/8½in) with oil and dust with the flour. Transfer the cake mix into the tin and bake in the centre of the oven for 50–55 minutes, until risen and golden brown. When an inserted wooden skewer comes out clean, the bundt cake is ready. Leave to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

To make the icing, melt the chocolate over a bain-marie. Decorate the bundt cake with the chocolate glaze and arrange the figs on top.

Tip: To make a lactose-free version, you can use vegan dark chocolate. Instead of cranberries, you could also use sour cherries. To make sure the decorative figs stay in place, you can secure them using toothpicks that have been cut in half.

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