1st Ever Guest Post for Life is Knutts Alert!!!
Chocolate Birthday Cake
(with Condensed Milk and NO SUGAR!)
So, following on from my 1st Guest Post for a fellow blogger last week, the lovely Tracy from The Culinary Jumble has returned the favour and done one for me.
I’m so excited!
(Pours Gin and drinks it to accompany my Weetabix)
Tracy is literally a culinary marvel. The recipes she comes up with are always mouthwatering and you’re guarenteed to find something that takes your fancy on her blog.
A home cook, all recipes are easily achievable in your own home and I’m certain your families will love trying them.
So, without further ado, I present the wonderful Chocolate Birthday Cake recipe Tracy concocted at the weekend for her son’s birthday.
You’ll read below but, after a nightmare start, Tracy kept it together and managed to fashion a delicious cake her son loved, despite a few setbacks…a true pro!
Thanks so much Tracy! You’re brilliant!
Hi everyone, so great to be here! Thank you, Gemma for having me!
So, I’m Tracy, an English expat living in Sweden with my Swedish fella and our two boys. I work part time as a home language (English) teacher and with one child with high functioning autism and one with severe anxiety, stress (and possibly depression), my life can get a little full on! Baking is my salvation and gives me a few moments breathing space and since starting my blog little over a year ago, I have absolutely loved every minute! My blog is a mixture of healthy and decadent with an emphasis on balanced food – I also pride myself on making everything from scratch (no packets or mixes here). Come and check out my blog for some inspiration and ideas!
This cake was made for my youngest son’s 9th birthday. Chocolate was a given (his absolute favourite) but he decided he wanted a fresh cream filling. To jazz it up a little, I threw in a few crushed Maltesers (malt balls) for good measure. Had this been my birthday cake, there would have definitely been some fruit in it, or at least a little jam, but he was adamant and as the birthday boy, he got his wish!
There is a funny story attached to this recipe (if you call several crying sessions, numerous palpitations and countless minutes wondering why the heck I ever put myself through the trauma of trying to bake anything can be classed as funny). My first attempt went to cake heaven in the sky when I attempted to pick it up and it crumbled in my hands (yep, indeed). Taking a deep breath, I started to make another one, only to find I had no white sugar left in the house (how is that even possible?) and it was 10pm. After screaming the house down, I decided to sleep on it and look for brown sugar (which I thought I had in copious amounts) cake recipes in the morning. Morning comes, I spend an hour looking for recipes and find one! Come downstairs, grease the pans and lo and behold, not enough brown sugar for what I need. Panic sets in as the supermarket isn’t open and I need this cake made and cooled before the guests arrive. Staring at my computer screen, frantically clicking in search of cakes made with honey (I had that), I stumbled across this one from Carnation (I made some adaptations to the recipe) which uses condensed milk and NO sugar. Joy!
And you know what, it turned out absolutely great! The cake is quite dense but full of flavour and the cream, with just a touch of chocolate/malty sweetness, complements it amazingly well. I had thought about dressing this up with chocolate fudge icing, but I am glad I didn’t because it really doesn’t need it!
• 200g plain (all-purpose) flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1 teaspoon bicarbonate (baking) soda
• 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
• 405g tin of condensed milk
• 130g dark chocolate
• 100ml vegetable oil
• 100ml strong brewed coffee
• 2 eggs
• 300ml whipping cream
• 50g Maltesers (or any other sweets/candy) crushed
~ Pre-heat the oven to 160°C and grease/line 2 x 22cm (8 inch) round cake tins
~ Sieve the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate and vanilla sugar into a large bowl.
~ Melt the chocolate in a Bain Marie.
~ In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and then add the oil, condensed milk, coffee and then add in the melted chocolate, stirring until well combined.
~ Add the wet ingredients to the dry in two batches, mixing until everything is nice and smooth.
~ Pour into the prepared pans and bake for around 20-25 minutes. The cakes are ready when an inserted skewer comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for around 30 minutes before turning out of the pans. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
~ For the filling: Whisk the cream until nice and thick. Crush the Maltesers and gently fold into the cream. Place one cake top down and pour the cream over evenly. Place the second cake on top and douse liberally with icing sugar.
Serve with fruit or entirely on its own.
Where to find Tracy…
Blog Page: http://www.theculinaryjumble.com/