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Chocolate Pomegranate Cake with Lemon Curd and Strawberries

Layer cakes | 19th July 2014 | By

So enamoured was I with the chocolate, lemon curd and strawberry combination after I made these chocolate waffles, that I knew immediately that was what I would use for my birthday cake last week. What I didn’t then know was that I would add pomegranate to the mix.

When I was sent some pomegranate juice drink from The Simply Great Drinks Co, I thought it would make a fabulous addition to my cake. And so it proved to be. Neither CT nor I are particularly keen on sweet drinks and this did taste very sweet. However, we found that a dilution of one third juice to two thirds water suited us very well; it tasted good and was particularly refreshing during hot days. It made for a rather tasty cocktail too – recipe to follow. In fact I only just managed to nab some for my cake before it ran out. The pomegranate flavour was to the fore and the colour was deep and jewel-like. With pomegranates trending as the latest superfood, consuming some has to be a good thing. However, it must be said that PomeGreat, as this drink is called, contains only 30% pomegranate juice. The rest is made up of water and other fruit juices from conentrate.

As some of you may remember, I carried out a cocoa powder tasting trial some time ago. It was Food Thoughts organic and fair-trade cocoa that came out best. Food Thoughts is available in Sainsbury’s, but is not stocked by the Co-op or anywhere else in Liskeard, so I don’t get to use it very often. Luckily, Food Thoughts kindly sent me a couple of pots recently, so it was this cocoa I used in my birthday cake.

On the day, friends hosted an afternoon tea party for me that ended up lasting long into the evening. It was a jolly affair and it even stopped raining long enough to have a walk around their beautiful garden and to spend half an hour sitting out on their newly created terrace. I did much of the baking for the occasion including the gooseberry mini cakes that have already featured. Surprisingly, the most popular bake of the day turned out to be some little muffins made from the gleanings of a weeding session down at the plot. They were modelled on this recipe for carrot and beetroot muffins, only I used tender leafy greens instead of the carrots and beetroot and omitted the cocoa powder. Greens, walnuts and goat’s cheese is a winning combination I found. I also made brownies, peanut butter cookies and madeleines. My friend made sandwiches, quiches and scones, so we had a veritable feast.

The cake went down a storm. No surprise, with its tangy fruity creamy combination it encapsulated summer. The chocolate cake itself was succulent with a light but substantial sponge that was infused with a hint of pomegranate.

A couple of days after my birthday when this cake had long since disappeared, my mother turned up with another birthday cake. Lucky me. I don’t get cakes made for me very often, so I was quite delighted. It was a well textured light fruit cake with a layer of marzipan beneath the icing and although very different, it was equally delicious.

I am sending this off to Emily over at A Mummy Too for her Recipe of the Week.

It also goes to Cook Blog Share with Lucy over at SuperGolden Bakes.

Tasty Tuesdays gets a look in too with Vicki at Honest Mum.

This also goes off to Jenny over at Mummy Bakes Cakes for July’s Celebration Cakes and Bakes.

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Chocolate Pomegranate Cake with Lemon Curd and Strawberries

by July-18-2014
A celebration chocolate cake made with pomegranate juice then layered and topped with cream, lemon curd, strawberries and chocolate.
Ingredients
  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 225g dark brown sugar
  • 1 heaped tbsp golden syrup
  • 4 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  • 225g flour (half wholemeal, half white)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 50g cocoa powder (I used Food Thoughts)
  • 60g ground almonds
  • 150ml pomegranate juice
  • 200ml double cream
  • 4 heaped tbsp lemon curd
  • 300g strawberries – hulled and quartered
  • 20g dark chocolate – shaved
Instructions
1. Cream butter sugar and golden syrup until light and fluffy.2. Beat in eggs, one by one, alternating with a spoonful of the flour if necessary to prevent curdling.3. Sieve in the flour, baking powder, almonds and cocoa and stir until just combined.4. Add the pomegranate juice and stir gently until just combined.5. Scrape into two prepared 21 cm cake tins or silicone moulds and bake at 180℃ for 30 minutes or until well risen and a skewer inserted comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tins for ten minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.6. Whip the cream until peaks form. Divide into two and fold in half of the strawberries.7. Cover one of the cakes with the strawberry and cream mixture, then spread on 2 tbsp of the lemon curd. Place the remaining cake on top and cover this with the plain whipped cream. Cover with the rest of the lemon curd, the strawberries and the chocolate shavings.
Details

Yield: 12 servings

Comments

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    Honest Mum
    19th July 2014

    Wow looks amazing and love the marriage of pomegranate with chocolate. Please add my badge or link back to #tastytuesdays. Thanks

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    Lucy Parissi
    19th July 2014

    Happy birthday (belatedly) this looks like such a beautifully rich cake. I am intrigued by the pomegranate juice in the batter – though I much prefer using the juice in cocktails!
    Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare.

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      Choclette
      19th July 2014

      The pomegranate juice worked very nicely in the cake Lucy, giving both moisture and flavour.

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    Angela Moore
    19th July 2014

    What a fabulous cake, a large slice of that would be a whole meal on a plate – in a very good way πŸ™‚

    Angela

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    Laura Denman
    19th July 2014

    Happy belated birthday! This sounds delicious with that combination of different flavours and one I’d find myself quickly addicted to.

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      Choclette
      21st July 2014

      Thank you Laura – I can attest that it is rather an addictive combination πŸ™‚

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    belleau kitchen
    19th July 2014

    Now THAT is a stunning cake and what a lovely bunch of friends to throw you such an amazing birthday bash. Happy Birthday darling. Celebrate in style as always xx

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      Choclette
      21st July 2014

      I know, I am so lucky and it was such an enjoyable affair too. Thank you Dashing Dom πŸ˜€

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    Madeleine Morrow
    19th July 2014

    You have managed to combine my favourite ingredients into one delicious cake. Let my birthday roll around soon!

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    Suelle
    20th July 2014

    Happy belated birthday! I love the way you come up with flavour combinations which sound bizarre, but still produce something delicious every time!

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      Choclette
      21st July 2014

      Now that is a comment I will treasure Suelle, I always get the idea you are highly sceptical of my bakes πŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      21st July 2014

      Oh do start baking Louise, it’s a great deal of fun, though possibly not the best thing for the waistline πŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      21st July 2014

      Thanks Lucinda. It’s not a combination I have tried very often, but it seems to work.

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    Janice Pattie
    20th July 2014

    That’s a beautiful cake. I love lemon curd and would have enjoyed a slice of that very much indeed! You certainly had a great spread for your birthday πŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      21st July 2014

      Oh I would have been very happy to have served you a slice Janice – still hanging out for a #smuts meet-up down in Cornwall some day πŸ˜‰

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    GG
    20th July 2014

    Great marriage of flavours, I bet it was wonderful. GG

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      Choclette
      21st July 2014

      Thanks GG – I shall be sad when the strawberry season is over and my lemon curd has run out.

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    Honest Mum
    20th July 2014

    This looks incredible, such a perfect marriage of flavours, my brother owns an Italian restaurant and his Head Chef recently created a strawberry jelly with fresh strawberries and lemon curd, it was amazing! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

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      Choclette
      21st July 2014

      Ooh that jelly sounds delicious Vicki. Quite like the sound of having an Italian restaurant in the family too πŸ˜‰

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    Phil in the Kitchen
    20th July 2014

    I love that combination of flavours, especially on a summer day. Happy birthday – rather belatedly I’m afraid.

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      Choclette
      21st July 2014

      Thank you Phil. All good wishes gratefully received – whenever they occur .

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    Katie
    21st July 2014

    That looks gorgeous and I love the all the flavours together. A mix of sweet, tart, fruity, chocolaty – delicious. Looks like a wonderful day

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      Choclette
      21st July 2014

      Thanks Katie, you’re right, it’s pretty much got it all there πŸ™‚

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    Jen Price
    22nd July 2014

    That is a beautiful cake and a very happy belated birthday! The flavour combination sounds lovely

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      Choclette
      22nd July 2014

      Thanks Jen, you can perhaps tell I was a little pleased with it πŸ˜‰

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    ManjiriK
    22nd July 2014

    What a fabulous recipe I would never have thought of using pomeo flavour in a cake ! well done, another fab easy bake! that birthday party sounds so good and love ur tip about using greens and walnuts , am off to read that recipe now! A second birthday cake too – can’t get any better can it ?

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      Choclette
      24th July 2014

      Thanks Manjiri, I do like to surprise folk where possible. Getting the balance right and not giving them a shock is the issue. Luckily all worked very well here.

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    Aunt Bee
    22nd July 2014

    This is a GORGEOUS cake! All of the flavors together sound so delicious!

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    Johanna GGG
    25th July 2014

    belated happy birthday choclette – you sound like you had a great time – love the sound of this cake and your mum’s cake looks gorgeous – I enjoy pomegranate juice but find juices often quite intense and am happy to dilute with some soda water as I love fizzy drinks

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      Choclette
      25th July 2014

      Thank you Johanna. I’m with you on the juice and always water down if I’m drinking. There is something about bubbles and summer and in this hot weather fizz somehow seems to be more thirst quenching.

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    AMummyToo
    2nd August 2014

    That looks incredible. I wouldn’t have thought of putting lemon curd on chocolate cake but you’ve clearly pulled it off perfectly! Thanks for linking up to #recipeoftheweek – sorry I’m a bit late over! Have Pinned this post and scheduled in a tweet. New linky just went live for this week πŸ™‚ x

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      Choclette
      7th August 2014

      Thanks Emily, if I hadn’t got a load of lemon curd in the fridge, I’m not sure I would have thought of it either, but I’m very glad I did.

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    mummymakescakes
    14th August 2014

    This looks so moorish and perfect for a grown up birthday – it sounds like you had a great time. Thanks for linking to Celebration cakes and bakes, I’m catching up after summer holidays took over my life.

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      Choclette
      25th August 2014

      Thank you – all those glorious days of summer already seem such a long time ago!

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