Friday, April 16, 2010
Chocolate Fondant Ultra Cake
I asked my sis what cake she want for her birthday, after flipping my shortlisted recipes to her, she still cant't decide and kept telling me any recipe that I wanna lay my finger on, she is ok since she likes most of the cakes especially chocolate cakes. Well, we are alike, both of us love chocolates so of course chocolate cake will be our top favourite among all cakes :P.
Finally, she suggested that either cheesecake or banana chocolate cake, she still remember the banana chocolate cake from Choc.a.bloc and Awfully Chocolate that I bought for my mum's birthdays a few years ago.
Since I am eyeing on chocolate fondant ultra cake from Honey Bee Sweet, I decided to bake this chocolate cake and layer with chocolate cream and bananas, frost it with chocolate ganache. I am sure this cake will definately be very yummy from the description of HBS & Food Beam. I was day dreaming this is going to be my master piece. :P
I baked the cake in 6" cake tin and left over batter baked into cupcakes for own consumption. I topped nutella on the cupcake and it was really yummy. If not cos of my waistline, I can consume more than 1 cupcake at one go.
My oven is too hot, see the top of the cake cracked terribly and I had over baked the cupcakes where I forgot to look after that let them baked for about 25 mins, the cake was quite crumbly and a bit dry to swallow. Neverthless, it was still very yummy.
I dun ve luck this time for the layer and icing for this cake. Unfortunately, my planning turned out to be desaster. Not sure is it the cake too fragile or cos of the moving of cake too frequence, after I coated the cake with ganache and wanted to shift the cake to the cake board, the cake broke into half suddenly!
For that moment, I was stunned and shocked, dunno what was going on and thought it was a dream, this has never happened to me before. At that moment, I do not know how to react on this nightmare. I almost wanna throw the cake away and make another cake. However it was too late at night and I was so stressed that I lost my confidence and engery to bake another cake.
I tasted the cake and it was actually very yummy despite the broken outlook. Thus, I decided I still go ahead to bring the cake to my mum's place for their consumption. And I will bake another cake next week to compensate my sis.
The recipe was from HBS where she got from Foodbeam.
200g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
50g cocoa powder
195 caster sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract (I used vanilla essence)
175g chocolate , melted (I used lindt dark chocolate)
80g double cream (I used whipping cream)
125g boiling water
1. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Grease and line 6" cake tin with baking paper, making sure you cut it well above the rim so you’ll have handles to later get the cake out from its tin.
2. Put the flour, baking soda, cocoa, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla extract, melted chocolate and double cream into a bowl, and mix with a wooden spoon until smooth. Slowly incoporate the boiling water and pour the batter into the cake tin. For balance batter pour into muffin tray in cupcake cases.
3. Bake for an hour, or until firm to the touch.
4. As soon as the cake is baked, remove from its tin using the baking paper, and place on a cooling rack, leaving the baking paper in place.
In fact, this is a simple and easy recipe. Although the cake was overbaked but it still tasted vert delicious. I believed it must be tasted heavenly if I didn't overbaked it, what a waste :(.
The cake was well received by my family, my sis especially likes the cake and she ate 2 slices at one go. The cake was left less than half once sliced to serve.
I will definately bake this cake again but I must ensure no more over baking. HBS, I will get your help when I am baking.....