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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Yummiest Mud Cake...

I've ever made.  This isn't saying that much, 'cause I've never really made a mudcake before.  But I tell you, I'll be making a few more now.


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

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.

Frosting

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.


Ganache

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.  

5 comments:

  1. Yum!! Miss 12 requested caramel mudcake for her birthday. I'll have to swap you the recipe.

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  2. MAKE ONE FOR THE CHOOKS NEXT EASTER AND YOU MIGHT GET CHOCOLATE EGGS

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  3. It looks delicious. I so love ganache! Yummy.

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  4. made it yesterday. Really lovely. Must admit when I was mixing it up I questioned whether I had made mistake re. the 1 1/3 cups of water but all worked beautifully. My son and daughter declared second best choc baking after brownies which is high praise indeed. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  5. Yum!! I have THE PERFECT brownie recipe on my thrifty blog right now, with a quick link to your mudcake. Mmmmmm, chocolate......!

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