This cake is so good that it gets better over time. Seriously! Most cakes get drier and you end up feeding the dregs to the chooks or serving it up with custard. But we've just finished this one four days after making it and the last of it was like eating chocolate fudge.
Chocolate Mud Cake
250g chopped butter
170g chopped dark chocolate
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/3 cups water
2 cups plain flour
1 heaped tsp baking powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3 duck eggs (hen would be fine) lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
In a large saucepan melt the first five ingredients and stir over a low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Then cool down for a short while.
Sift in the plain flour, baking powder and cocoa, add the eggs and vanilla and beat gently till combined.
Pour into a well lined cake tin about 20 cms square.
Bake for 1 to 1 & 1/2 hours on 150 Celsius.
I doubled this recipe and poured it into two cake tins. Then I made a frosting recipe and layered the cake with it in between and covered the whole cake with a thin layer of the frosting. Then I made a ganache recipe and covered the top of the cake thickly. I melted some white chocolate and poured it on top of the ganache and artfully swirled it with a fork (looks real fancy!) into the ganache. Then I shaved bits of white choc with a potato peeler onto the edge of the cake and added a sliced strawberry for colour.
1/2 cup of cream
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
3 tbsps of cocoa powder
Whip the cream then beat in the sugar, vanilla and cocoa until stiff. Done.
8 ounces of dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup of cream
Heat cream until it just boils. Pour over the chocolate and whisk until smooth. I wanted a much thicker brew than this as I knew I was transporting the cake and it would be warm so I added about a cup and a half of icing sugar and beat until thick and smooth.
These recipes were all taken from the net, unfortunately I can't remember exactly where from as I wasn't planning to post them here. So apologies to the original chefs - you have my undying thanks for the best birthday cake ever! I have altered the recipes here and there to suit me and what I had available at the time.