I just received all of these gorgeous goodies above from the lovely folks at Fairtrade NZ so I can test drive all this yummy goodness in preparation for the Big Fair Bake (details at www.bigfairbake.org.nz - there's heaps of prizes to be won)
I have been given a super yummy recipe for Deliciously Dark Chocolate Cake. If you're entering the Big Fair Bake - you can use your own recipe, or one of theirs from their website.The finished cake is so decadently yummy and the icing is even better!
The batter was deliciously dark - you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a photo of a bowl of ganache
The recipe for the icing in fact is quite similar to ganache, but is a little more spreadable
I deviated from the recipe and baked two 6'' rounds, to be stacked together to form a higher cake, with a generous slather of the gorgeous icing between. It has made a lovely cake, all ready for decorating tomorrow.
Caffe L’affare's Deliciously Dark Chocolate Cake
MethodPreheat the oven to 150⁰C. Grease and line a 20cm cake tin. Break chocolate into pieces and melt slowly with the butter in a stainless steel bowl set over boiling water. Remove from heat and add the hot coffee and sugar and stir until dissolved. Sift dry ingredients together. Make a well in the centre and beat in the eggs and vanilla essence. Then gradually beat in the chocolate mixture until batter is smooth and glossy. Pour mixture into cake tin and bake for 1½ hours. For the icing, break chocolate into pieces. Heat cream until almost boiling, remove from heat and add the chocolate and butter. Stir until fully melted, then mix icing sugar in to thicken. Allow icing to cool before pouring over cake.
30 - 45 MINUTES
Do you fancy making this delicious Banana Caramel Cake?. Leave me a comment below with the name of the recipe you'd like to make for the Big Fair Bake (it can be your own or one from the Big Fair Bake website). And a winner will be chosen at random to receive the Fairtrade pack above (prize will be sent directly from the lovely people at Fairtrade - due to the short life of bananas). Winner drawn at random 12 noon Wednesday 21st August. Make sure you leave me a way to contact you.