Cherry, Walnut & Chocolate Birthday Cake
It’s my mother’s birthday tomorrow and a second Christmas celebration for us, so a special birthday cake is required. A few years ago I made my mother Brian Goodwin’s Birthday Cake from Gaia’s Kitchen for her birthday party and it proved to be so popular with the guests that I was inundated with requests for the recipe. Surprisingly, I haven’t made it since – time to rectify this I think!
This is how I did it:
- Melted 100g bar 85% dark chocolate and left to cool slightly.
- Creamed 4.5oz unsalted butter with 4.50z light muscovado sugar & grated zest of 1 orange.
- Beat in chocolate.
- Beat in 3 medium size eggs, one by one.
- Sieved in 6oz flour (1/2 wholemeal spelt & 1/2 white spelt) with 2 tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt.
- Stirred in juice from same orange with a couple of tbsp of water as it was quite a stiff mixture.
- Stirred in 3oz natural glace cherries – halved and 2oz of walnuts – roughly chopped.
- Spooned mixture into a 21cm cake thingy and baked at 180C (gas 4) for 30 mins.
- Turned out onto rack and left to cool.
- Rolled out 8oz natural almond marzipan into a round to fit top of cake.
- Melted 100g bar of 70% dark chocolate with 1/2 oz butter and two tbsp of date syrup.
- Stirred this until smooth then covered cake with the marzipan and then the marzipan with the chocolate mixture.
- Decorated with 12 toasted walnut halves.
One of the reasons I remember this cake as being so good is that marzipan lovers like myself are not deprived of this delicacy as is usual with a non-fruit cake. I’m looking forward to trying it again tomorrow.