Thursday, April 12, 2007

Chocolate fudge cake

Over time, you will notice a buildup of chocolate recipes on this site. Why? Because I’m a girl. Chocolate is in my blood. I’m on a never-ending quest to find the perfect chocolate cake recipe and the perfect chocolate cookie recipe. Brownies too. Hmm... Chocolate eclairs? Mmm... Chocolate… drool…

Haha… Ok, don’t mind me I’m a bit high from lack of sleep, was writing an assignment last night. But I do love my chocolate. Here’s an easy recipe for a quick chocolate fix. Moist, chocolate sponge with a chocolate fudge frosting. Recipe adapted from the Australian Women’s Weekly Cakes, Biscuits and Slices book.

Ingredients (for the cake):
1 cup water
1 ¼ cups caster sugar
125g butter, cubed
¼ cup cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ cups self raising flour
2 eggs

Ingredients (for the frosting):
40g butter
¼ cup water
¼ cup caster sugar
¾ cup icing sugar
¼ cup cocoa powder

1. Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan forced. Grease and base line an 18cm square baking pan.
2. Melt water, sugar, butter, baking soda, and sifted cocoa in a saucepan, stirring constantly over low heat until butter is melted and sugar dissolved. Leave to simmer for 5 minutes, transfer mixture to a large bowl, and let cool to room temperature.
3. When mixture is cooled, add flour and eggs, and mix well till smooth. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or till toothpick inserted comes out clean. Leave cake to cool for 10 minutes, remove from pan.
4. To make the fudge frosting, first sift the cocoa and icing sugar together into a medium sized bowl, put aside. Next, melt butter, water and caster sugar in a small saucepan, stirring constantly over low heat until butter is melted and sugar dissolved. Pour the melted mixture into the icing sugar and cocoa mixture in 3 batches, stirring well after each addition. Refrigerate frosting till its thickened and spreadable, stir well with spoon and spread over cooled cake.

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