Monday, January 18, 2010

Mud Cake

 When asked what type of cake he liked best for his birthday.... Mud Cake says Mr H.

Miss E and I are supposed to bake the cake together....however according to the weather forecast on TV...it was supposed to be another hot day...so I decided to bake as soon as Mr H leave for work, after 7 am (while Miss E was still in slumberland)...
Dearie me... I had one grumpy girl when she woke up from her dreamland... but she is easy to pacify... gave her a big bear hug with a promise that she could make or bake something for Mr H Jr's forthcoming birthday next month... and she is all smile again...



This mud cake recipe is from Janelle Bloom's book... with slight modifications... I replaced 1/4 cup of black expresso coffee with extra 1/4 cup of sugar*. I can't take coffee...it gives me headache and the kids are not allowed to have coffee (until they are 18 yrs old... :p)!!
And I used the 72% cocoa content instead of the usual 60%!!
  • 250g of 72% Dark Ghana Chocolate from Whittakers (or any good quality 300g dark chocolate)-chopped (reserve at least 100g to sprinkle over the mixture)
  • 200g butter - chopped
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup caster sugar*
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup self raising flour
  • thick cream to serve (optional)
Pre heat oven to 160C (no fan). grease and line any size baking mould... (ideally 6cm deep x 20 cm base).
Chopped 150g of chocolate and place it in a microwaveable dish with chopped butter. Microwave uncovered for 1 minute HIGH (do check every now and then...) Stir with metal spoon until smooth... repeat the process if it is still lumpy... Add cocoa powder while warm and whisk until smooth.
Whisk in vanilla, eggs and sugar. Add flour into the chocolate mixture and stir gently to combine.
Pour half the mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the chopped chocolate over the mixture and pour the remaining mixture over the chocolate.
Bake for 55-60 minutes or until skewer comes out with some moist crumbs clinging. Stand in the pan to cool completely.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Lisa! I love the way you captured your photos. To me photos are not just the camera you use, or the tools used to make it look better, but most of all it's the composition of your picture. You can have all the canggih cameras, all the photoshop but when one is not gifted in composition or not artistic enough, the picture would not turn out just bland. Like they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well done!

    wiz
    http://inawhiz.blogspot.com

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  2. Hi Wiz,
    Thanks for your generous and uplifting words...Eventhough its 'boiling' here in Perth (above 40C for 2 days in a row...), reading your comments...place me on Cloud 9...hehehe...

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