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Spiced Rum Easter Chocolate Cakes – We Should Cocoa #67

Easter chocolate cakes

Easter is fast approaching and as it gets ever nearer, my thoughts turn to chocolate, although to be fair, my thoughts are rarely far from this exquisite food of the gods. Over the years I’ve made many Easter chocolate cakes, some more child friendly than others. These ones, containing rather a lot of rum are definitely of the adult variety.

This month’s We Should Cocoa is all about eggs. Lindsey over at Lancashire Food is hosting and given that Easter falls in March this year, she thought eggs were an apt theme. Of course they are. There are various theories about the origins of Easter. Some say it’s from the Babylonian goddess of procreation, Ishtar, some the pagan and/ or Saxon goddess of fertility, Oestre. Then of course there is Pesach, the Jewish Passover and we mustn’t forget the death and resurrection of Jesus ChristWhether you’re Pagan, Jewish, Christian or of some other persuasion, there’s no doubt that Easter is a celebration of new life and the eggs that abound at this time of year are a fitting representation.

Easter Chocolate Cakes

I wanted my Easter chocolate cakes to acknowledge some of the spices and flavours associated with Easter, specifically hot cross buns. I used my hot choc buns for inspiration and included raisins, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg & orange, but with a cheeky little addition of rum. Duck eggs were included in the recipe and mini chocolate eggs of various kinds were used to decorate the finished cakes. I particularly like the crack appearing in the yellow egg on the left hand side of the picture above – perhaps a chick is just about to emerge.

Spiced Rum Easter Chocolate Cakes
Yields 24
Mini chocolate cakes subtly flavoured with Easter spices and a little orange. The rum soaked raisins are less subtle, but give a surprise heady hit. They are topped with a chocolate rum glaze.
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 30g raisins
  2. 4 tbsp dark or spiced rum
  3. 125g unsalted butter
  4. 125g dark muscovado (I used jaggery)
  5. 2 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  6. 75g wholemeal flour
  7. 75g plain white flour
  8. 1 tsp baking powder
  9. 25g cocoa powder
  10. a good grating of nutmeg (I used 1 drop of Holy Lama spice extracts)
  11. Ā½ tsp ground cinnamon (I used 1 drop of Holy Lama spice extracts)
  12. Ā½ tsp ground allspice
  13. 1 tsp grated orange zest (I used dried orange powder)
Chocolate Rum Glaze
  1. 75g dark chocolate (I used 72%) - chopped
  2. 2 tbsp dark or spiced rum
  3. 10g butter
  4. 24 mini chocolate eggs to decorate or 12 mini creme eggs - halved.
Instructions
  1. Place the raisins in a covered jar and add the rum. Leave to soak for as long as possible (24hrs or more is best).
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the orange zest.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one by one, adding a little of the flour to prevent curdling if necessary.
  5. Sift in the flours, baking powder and spices and stir gently to combine.
  6. Gently stir in the rum and raisins.
  7. Divide the mixture between 48 mini silicone muffin moulds or tins lined with cases.
  8. Bake in the middle of the oven at 180ā„ƒ for 15-20 minutes until the cakes are well risen and firm to the touch.
  9. Allow to cool in the moulds for a couple of minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.
  10. Chocolate Rum Glaze
  11. Melt the chocolate together with the rum gently in a bowl over hot water.
  12. Stir until combined, then add the butter. Remove from the heat and stir until you have a shiny glaze.
  13. Spoon over the top of the cakes and allow to run down the sides.
  14. Top each with a mini Easter egg or halved mini creme egg, then leave to set.
Notes
  1. Best if raisins are soaked for 24 hours or more,
  2. Makes 24 mini cakes or 12 cupcakes.
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
 Other recipes for Easter chocolate cakes you might like

We Should Cocoa BadgeAs mentioned above, We Should Cocoa is being hosted over at Lancashire Food this month and the theme is eggs.

 

 

Simply EggcellentSimply Eggcellent over at Belleau Kitchen is also celebrating Easter eggs this month.

 

 

 

Tea Time Treats LogoIt’s all about Easter over at Tea Time Treats with The Hedge Comber and Lavender and Lovage.

 

 

Treat Petite LogoI’m also sending my Easter chocolate cakes to Treat Petite with Baking Explorer and Cakeyboi where the theme is also Easter.

 

 

Bake of the Week LogoAnd last but by no means least, these Easter chocolate cakes go to Maison Cupcake and Casa Costello for Bake of the Week.

Comments

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    Dom
    18th March 2016

    oh my word these are simply adorable! I can’t stop looking at their cuteness and I LOVE that they’re really quite simple little buns but that rum makes them super-special… also love that they look small enough to pop more than one in the mouth at a time! Thanks so much for linking to Simply Eggcellent x

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      Choclette
      18th March 2016

      Haha Dom, I now have an image of you with bulging hamster cheeks and I can’t stop laughing. Glad you like them šŸ˜€

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      Choclette
      18th March 2016

      Thanks Dannii, I do like to make cakes that are hard to resist – it’s my inner evil genie šŸ˜‰

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    Katie Bryson
    18th March 2016

    Oh what adorable little cakes! Loving all the flavours you’ve put in them too… love spiced bakes šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      18th March 2016

      Thanks Katie. Spiced bakes have the added benefit of making the house smell wonderful whilst they’re baking.

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    Henk Kooiman
    18th March 2016

    They look lovely ! I am not a fan of fiddly decorations, but this is just right. Not sure whether I am going to make them though. The list of things I’d like to make for Easter is already too long. But we’ll see (I am sure they taste good !) Still no duck eggs to be found here, but now and then goose eggs are on offer and these are great for baking too.

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      Choclette
      18th March 2016

      Oh yes goose eggs are wonderful. It must be coming up to goose egg season now. Mind you, you need to be making a big cake if you’re going to use one.

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    Lancashire Food
    18th March 2016

    They look smashing and I’m with you, it looks like a little chick is just about to emerge from the egg. Rum and spices a great combination

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    Helen at Casa Costello
    18th March 2016

    Ooo aren’t these just too cute? I bet they have a lovely warmth to them from the rum too – Once again, I NEED to do more baking with rum. Thanks so much for mentioning my Choc Fudge Bundts & for joining in with #BakeoftheWeek x

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      Choclette
      19th March 2016

      Thanks Helen. These cakes are not for the faint hearted, but they really are delicious.

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      Choclette
      19th March 2016

      Haha Sue. I don’t do much in the way of drinking alcohol, but I do like to bake with it.

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    Kat
    19th March 2016

    Loving a cheeky bit of rum at Easter time! The cakes look adorable, thank you for entering them into Treat Petite.

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      Choclette
      19th March 2016

      Thanks very much Nayna. I think they would indeed make nice gifts, but they didn’t hang around long enough to make it out of the house šŸ˜‰

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    Heidi Roberts
    19th March 2016

    Those little cakes are so cute and with rum and chocolate they are getting my attention!!

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      Choclette
      19th March 2016

      Thanks Heidi. One of the many wonderful things about chocolate is that it pairs well with so many flavours.

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    20th March 2016

    Food of the gods indeed! I would love to throw some rum at my cakes, but I fear Miss GF may just leave home as a consequence….. If I wasn’t gluten free I would have some of these sent over immediately! They look so cute and sound ultra delicious Choclette!

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      Choclette
      21st March 2016

      Thanks Kate, but you’re right. These cakes are not for Miss GF šŸ˜‰

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    Janice
    21st March 2016

    What a gorgeous combination, rum and chocolate! Love these little bites, just enough to satisfy a sweet tooth.

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      Choclette
      22nd March 2016

      Haha, there’s a lot to be said for eating with our eyes only. I’d be bigger than my house if I tucked into everything that tempts me on blogs.

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    Jenn
    23rd March 2016

    My mind is always on chocolate! And these are so cute!

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    Sammie
    25th March 2016

    These look so delicious and incorporating hot cross bun spices, absolutely genius idea. I would have to leave out the orange (allergic) but would love to try these. Love their biddy size, perfect for munching more than one . Happy Easter to you.

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      Choclette
      25th March 2016

      Thanks Sammie. I’m a big fan of mini cakes, probably so I don’t feel greedy having a second one šŸ˜‰ I just heard of someone else who was allergic to citrus – how very annoying for you.

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