Mini Persimmon Chocolate Cakes – The In Thing
The nights are drawing in, it’s cold, it’s damp, it’s dreary and it’s November. To defy this and to raise much needed funds, Cancer Research UK has a new initiative for this very month of November – do The In Thing and have a great night in with the girls. There are plenty of ideas for hosting a great night in with friends, colleagues and neighbours: embarrass yourself with karaoke, watch a film, feast your way through a dinner party or just have a good old chin wag. More ideas can be found on The In Thing web pages.
Cancer is a pernicious and devastating disease and I doubt there is a single family who has not been touched by cancer in some way or other. Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research and it is funded entirely by the public. Raising money for a worthwhile cause and having fun whilst you’re can be a win-win situation. Oh and by the way, there is still time to take part.
A games night. I love a good games night but haven’t had one of those in a very long time. Time to dust off that cupboard full of games. What fun. No night in is complete without some sort of food and drink, however. Snacks and gaming are a natural combination. Olives, nibbles and some chocolate cake!
I was sent some Dr Oetker goodies to help me on my way. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate were included along with some chocolate hearts; I was going to use them all.
Still experimenting with persimmons, I wanted to try this newly-discovered fruit in cake form. With its sweet mango-like flavour, I thought the persimmon would be best paired with milk chocolate rather than dark. I modelled the recipe on my rhubarb muffins and then took it up a notch by adding icing. For this, I envisaged a mascarpone and vanilla white chocolate ganache using the vanilla paste I recently reviewed.
These had a pleasant, fudgy, pudding-like consistency. In fact, they tasted a bit like fudge too. Put another way, they tasted grand: sweet and fruity with the aforementioned fudgy notes, which I guess came from the chocolate. And the mascarpone and white chocolate topping was equally grand, with those tell-tale flecks of fragrant vanilla which combined splendidly with the cake beneath. I was glad I’d opted for mini cakes as these might have been a bit too rich for a large cupcake, plus you can have a second one without feeling too guilty.
For some real indulgence, I also made a chocolate Amaretto biscuit cake which will feature soon in an upcoming post. Let’s just say it’s good.
I’m submitting these little cakes to Let’s Party, a new blogging challenge from lovely Alida of My Little Italian Kitchen.
And as this was a bit of a Bake Fest, I’m submitting this to the challenge of the same name hosted over at Cook’s Joy.
- 85g unsalted butter
- 100g golden caster sugar
- 100g milk chocolate (I used 35% cocoa content)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs – large (I used duck eggs)
- 225g flour (half wholemeal, half white)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 100g Greek yogurt
- 1 soft ripe persimmon
- 80g white chocolate
- 150g mascarpone
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 24