Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Decadent Chocolate Mud Cake





It is a truth universally acknowledged that all home cooks should be armed with a good mud cake recipe.  Even me, someone who isn't much of a fan of cake. To me, they're too cake-y (heh), oftentimes dry and lacking in flavour. I also didn't find mud cakes all that palatable - too dense, usually served cold (a travesty!) and weirdly textured. 

My husband said to me one day recently "so... you should probably do a chocolate mud cake for your blog", wink wink nudge nudge, so to appease him, I did. But it had to be something I wanted, so it had to be made with very little flour. I wanted sort of a cross between a pudding and a cake - no ghastly dry tasteless bits. A flourless chocolate cake with flour, if you will.

I also needed an excuse to wear my super-cute Smitten apron I had won through a promotion Liss from Frills in the Hills was running on Pinterest. If you've never been to Pinterest, stop what you're doing immediately and go look. It's porn for anyone with eyes and a house. 


Welcome to the Veggie Mama kitchen.


 Cutified x 1000 thanks to Smitten apron.


Sure I grease my tins with whole blocks of butter... don't you? ;)


Inspected and approved.


Even by the humans.

Ingredients
200g butter
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
250g best-quality cooking chocolate
1/4 cup self-raising flour

Ganache:
150g cooking chocolate
3-4 tbs cream

Method:

1. Cream butter and sugar.

2. Add eggs, one at a time.

3. Melt chocolate and add to the mix with the self-raising flour.

4. Bake at 180C oven for 45-50 minutes.

5. When cool, ice with ganache.

Ganache:

1. Melt chocolate with cream. Add more cream if chocolate is too thick.

We're fond of putting this in the microwave... then serving it with ice cream. Yep.


*Disclaimer - I am in no way affiliated with Smitten. I simply loved their products and was lucky enough to win one. They are awesome and you should check them out. They make candles too! 

29 comments:

  1. Yum!!! I'm going to make this.

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  2. Yum!!! I'm going to make this.

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  3. Veggie Mama, you look HOT in your Smitten Apron! Thank you for the plug! We are delighted that you won our comp! I am heading off to try your mud cake off against mine! HA! xxx

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  4. Ooh I hope mine wins! Seriously love your stuff, I'm sure it'll turn up on here again, I'm always wearing it! The oven mitt is so cute too xx

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  5. ...now that's a mud cake! I too dislike it when a cake is claimed to be a mud cake and it is a either too fluffy or a brick. this looks amazing! I agree. Everybody needs a reliable chocolate cake recipe on their blog. I need to work on mine!

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  6. Excuse me. Where's my piece?

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  7. I agree with you on the mud cake front but I LOVE your apron!

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  8. OMG I want.  The cake & the apron :) 

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  9. I'm so making this as my birthday cake in a few weeks! Yessss..!

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  10. Yummy!  Made this one for my daughter's birthday tonight and she loves it! 

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  11. the_gothic_playgroundOctober 16, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    I made this mud cake yesterday and it is just delicious, so moist and chocolatey like a mud cake should be!

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  12. I love this recipe, I added it to our family recipe book!!

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  13. I have to try this! I feel exactly the same way you do about cakes (and eve more about muffins!). Must give this a go this weekend.

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  14. urg, muffins! I forgot about them! Chocolate muffins are the worst. So stodgy and sugary... gross.

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  15. I love hearing that! It must be an excellent recipe book ;)

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  16. Yes, and not like concrete! I"m glad you like it :)

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  17. I'm going to make this for my daughters 7th birthday this Sunday!  Might even decorate with fresh flowers from the garden!

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  18. Ohhh flowers would be perfect :)

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  19. Made it Sunday, and without a doubt the best chocolate cake I have ever made. Everyone loved it!  Decorated it with sugared camelia petals from the garden. 

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  20. Hi! I am not a great cook, but intend to make this for my daughter's 9th birthday ( I have looked at DOZENS of recipes for choc mud cake and have chosen yours!) However, being an average cook, I do need to ask what size square tin do I use.....it is probably there, but I missed it! Hope you can help. Will I be able to put a cake topper on the icing? Thanks, Suzie :)

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  21. Hi Suzie! This is a very simple cake, you can't go too wrong! I used a 7x7inch square pan. Really quite small. And yes, the ganache icing is very sturdy, you'll be able to put a cake topper on it! Good luck - let me know how you go xx

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  22. This looks amazing! I am struggling to find a moist mud cake recipe, I can't wait till the weekend to try it! Just one question, do you bake yours with the fan on or without fan force? Thanks so much, Megan :)

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  23. So glad you like it! I don't use fan force with baking, I find I can't control the temperature enough. Hope that helps :-)

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  24. Sounds like a great recipe - I will be trying it in 2 weeks for my partner's birthday (big chocolate fan!!). If I were to double the recipe, do you think it would come out ok? Should I double the baking time, or just add about 30 mins? (Sorry, I've never baked a mud cake before and want to get it right!) Thanks, Erin.

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  25. It should be fine! I probably wouldn't totally double the cooking time, but keep checking at 20-minute intervals by sticking a skewer in the middle of the cake. Don't worry about opening the oven door, this cake is quite dense and won't deflate!

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  26. Cooked this for my husband's birthday and it was so easy to cook and yummy!!! I used lindt 70% dark chocolate as I like eating dark chocolate. I was worried at first as it tasted too bitter. I left it in the fridge overnight and the next day it was amazing! I've heard that mud cake tastes better if left in the fridge for a few days and well they were right. Best cake ever! Thank you!

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  27. I agree, it gets better with time! I've made it with dark chocolate too, but find the ice cream I drown it in helps... ;-)

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