Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spanish Fiesta Part 1 and a half!

Welcome to post 1.5!  If you didn't catch Part One....then check out the personal party I planned for my boyfriend. This is the birthday cake I made him as part of his birthday celebrations.  It isn't Spanish themed, but it is wonky!  I'm not sure if this is a craft fail....I called it his 'train wreck' cake: he thought it was great. I love bias sometimes.

You can probably tell the icing didn't work.  My logic disappeared and I thought it was a really good idea to ice a cake that had loose crumb sides, with frosting. Yup...I ended up with cake crumbs in the icing, it started to melt..and all of the sweets went droopy.  The solution? I should have covered the cake in melted chocolate before I started.  I live and learn!

Anyway, this recipe (found somewhere on the interweb...but at speed) actually makes delicious cake. It's delicious because it contains your whole week's worth of calories.

Here's the recipe:
175g of dark chocolate, broken into squares
200g butter, unsalted
100ml of water

200g of self-raising flour
300g of light muscovado sugar
30g of cocoa powder
1tsp of baking powder
4 eggs, beaten

1. Melt the chocolate and butter with 100ml of water, in a water bath, keep warm
2. Sift the flour, cocoa, sugar and baking powder into a bowl. Mix in the eggs with an electric mixer.
3.Fold in the melted chocolate mixture, trying to retain as much air as possible.
4. Pour the mixture into 2 standard, round cake tins (pre-prepared with grease-proof paper)
5. Bake in an oven at 180C (170 fan oven, gas mark 4) for approxiamately 30 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when poked.  Leave to cool before icing.

So, if you fancy treating someone special, this cake is perfect. If you want your kids to sleep this week, maybe not so much! 

I would LOVE to see your better attempts at cake/cupcake/food creation at my party/celebration themed link party.  It's the first one ever, so I would appreciate your support! 

Happy Baking!

R xx

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