It was that time of year again and as custom requires, I was due to bring in cakes for my work colleagues. I try to do something different each year, this is what I managed last year. For the vegan at work, I made Vegan Chocolate and Courgette Cupcakes, which I will post about shortly. One of my newly acquired birthday items was Bake and Decorate by Fiona Cairns, a book I became aware of through reading Oxslip's eclectic blog. Once seen, it was only a matter of time before I got my sticky mitts on it. From this book I made a Lemon Crunch Cake and the Family Chocolate Cake.
This is how I managed to bungle the Chocolate Cake:
- Poured 140ml of just off the boil water over 100g 70% dark chocolate and left to melt.
- Creamed 175g unsalted butter with 275g muscovado sugar for ages until light and fluffy.
- Beat in 3 eggs and 1 tsp vanilla essence.
- Stirred the chocolate until smooth then added this to the cake mixture along with 2 large tablespoons of TOTAL Greek yogurt (which I'd substituted for buttermilk).
- Sifted in 200g flour (half wholemeal and half white) with 1 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp bicarb of soda and folded into the batter.
- At this point I should have added 100g of ground almonds, but stupidly I forgot - how extremely annoying!
- Spooned into two 21cm cake thingies and baked at 180C for 30 mins.
- Melted 100g 70% dark chocolate with 40g unsalted butter.
- Stirred in 1 tbsp golden syrup and 2 tbsp muscovado sugar.
- Whisked in 150ml double cream until mixture was thick enough to use.
- Spread half the mixture onto one cake, topped with the other cake and the rest of the icing.
- Decorated with minstrels
How could I forgot the almonds? Really, I couldn't believe it. Luckily, the cake was still totally delicious. Both cakes were really good and it made a nice change to make (and eat) a non-chocolatey cake - sshh, don't want to disabuse anyone of my chocoholic credentials. They were wolfed down by work colleagues and the chocolate cake was even pronounced by one as the best cake they had ever tasted - I can't ask for more than that...... Although I can't help wondering how much better it might have been with the almonds.