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Chocolate Fudge Cake and a Mary Berry Homeware Competition

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Giveaway, Layer cakes | 16th April 2017 | By

First of all I’d like to wish you all a very Happy Easter. Yesterday, I made a chocolate fudge cake with chocolate cream cheese icing. It’s destined for Easter tea with my mother and some friends later today. I think it’s going to be a good one. I also have an easy and fun Easter competition for all baking enthusiasts. The prize is the Mary Berry Collection afternoon tea set that you can see in this post, plus a possible added bonus. Read on.

The Great British Bake Off has become a bit of an institution over the last few years. I haven’t missed an episode. Sadly, it’s moving away from the BBC and I’m still feeling outraged by the turn of events. I will miss it. The grand dame of baking, Mary Berry, who is synonymous with the show, is thankfully remaining loyal to the Beeb and will not be moving with it. Neither will Mel or Sue.

Chocolate Fudge Cake

On to happier subjects. I’m really pleased with this elegant Mary Berry Homeware Collection from Meld Home. I’ve rather fallen for the cute grey goose. The set arrived just in time for me to use it for my Easter chocolate fudge cake. If you like it too, scroll down to the bottom of this post to find out how you might win your own set. You do not need to be a blogger to enter. I will be shortlisting my favourites, then Mary herself will  judge the winner. She will also be picking an overall winner from the five participating blogs; that lucky person will get a signed copy of one of her books. Fingers crossed it will be one of you who wins.

Mary Berry Homeware Collection

So, to my Easter chocolate fudge cake. It’s dark, fudgy and delicious. Well at least I think it will be, the batter certainly tasted good. The chocolate cream cheese icing I have tried and that is super scrumptious. The cake is fairly easy to make and would be an ideal bake for any occasion. Stick some candles in, smother it in chocolate shavings or do as I did and pile a few mini Easter eggs on top. Job done.

Chocolate Fudge Cake

For more Easter baking inspiration take a look at my Easter recipes. I’m now looking forward to seeing your bakes.

Chocolate Fudge Cake
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Chocolate Fudge Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
 
An easy to make fudgy chocolate cake for any occasion. It's sandwiched and topped with a scrumptious chocolate cream cheese icing.
Course: Afternoon Tea
Serves: 8
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme
Ingredients
Chocolate Fudge Cake
  • 180 g unsalted butter (softened)
  • 180 g dark muscovado sugar
  • 1 heaped tbsp golden syrup
  • pinch of sea or rock salt (I used Himalayan pink rock salt)
  • 3 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  • 180 g spelt flour , half wholemeal, half white
  • 40 g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ΒΌ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 heaped tbsp yoghurt (I used 0% Skyr)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 50 g ground almonds ( used freshly ground)
Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing
  • 200 ml double cream
  • 100 g dark chocolate (I used 90%)
  • 100 g cream cheese
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 50 g icing sugar
Instructions
  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale in colour and fluffy in texture.

  2. Beat in the syrup and salt.

  3. Beat in the eggs, one by one. If the mixture starts to curdle add in a spoonful of the flour.

  4. Sift in the dry ingredients and stir until just incorporated. Add the yoghurt, water and ground almonds and stir again until just combined.

  5. Divide the mixture between two 20 cm (8") round silicone moulds or lined cake tins. Smooth down the tops and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180℃ for 30 minutes, or until the cakes are risen and firm to the touch or inserted skewer comes out clean.

  6. Leave to cool for ten minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing
  1. Melt the chocolate in a small pan over a gentle heat with half of the cream to make a ganache. Stir and set aside to cool.

  2. Whisk the remaining cream with the cream cheese, cocoa and icing powder until the mixture begins to stiffen. Stir in the chocolate ganache until combined. It should be firm enough to use at this point, but if not give it a whisk.

  3. Spread half of the mixture over one cake, sandwich with the other and top with the remaining icing.

  4. Leave plain or decorate as liked. As it was Easter, I piled a few mini eggs on top of mine.

Mary Berry Homeware Competition

How to Enter
  1. Please link up a photo of your Easter bake in the comments below or better still add your picture to this Tin and Thyme Facebook page post. A title would be useful too.
  2. In addition, if you post a photo on Twitter, FB or Instagram, tag me and use the hashtag #maryseasterbakes, I will endeavour to retweet or like, as appropriate.
The Prize
  • 4 x cake forks
  • 4 x cake plates
  • cake stand
  • cake slice
  • 2 x mugs
  • the overall winner from the five blogs will also receive a signed book from Mary

Mary Berry Collection

 The competition T&Cs
  • Open to UK residents only.
  • The competition will run from 15th April until the 2nd May 2017. Mary will be judging the week beginning 8th May.
  • Mary will judge the finalists, and choose a winner from each blog that is hosting this competition and an overall winner for the signed book.
  • Winner will need to supply their address 

Now, ready steady, baaaaaaaaaake!

Bake of the Week LogoI’m adding my chocolate fudge cake to Bake of the Week over with Helen at Casa Costello. If you’re into baking, this is definitely worth a shufti.

 

Chocolate Fudge Cake. PIN IT

Chocolate Fudge Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing. Ideal for any celebration.

Disclosure: I was sent the Mary Berry Homeware Collection for the purposes of this competition. I was not asked to write a positive review and as always, all opinions are my own. All but the Victoria sponge picture are my own. Supporting the brands I work with helps keep Tin and Thyme blithe and blogging.

 

Comments

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    Tracey Peach
    16th April 2017

    My absolute favourite cake I’m drooling!

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      Choclette
      16th April 2017

      Thanks Tracey, I’m looking forward to cutting into it later today πŸ™‚

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    Lucy
    16th April 2017

    Mmm just the perfect cake for Easter! The plates and cake forks look lovely too, great for afternoon tea.

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      Choclette
      16th April 2017

      Exactly Lucy. I’m looking forward to trying them out. Oh! And the cake πŸ˜‰

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    Kate
    16th April 2017

    What a gorgeous chocolate cake! And the Mary Berry collection is very pretty.

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      Choclette
      16th April 2017

      Thanks, I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth into it later today. The colours of the collection aren’t at all the sort of colours I normally use, but I love it.

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      Choclette
      16th April 2017

      Thanks Rebecca. I suspect you’re of a better disposition than me. I’m in a grump about it and have vowed never to watch the new version. Time will tell if I manage to hold out or not.

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      Choclette
      16th April 2017

      Thanks Angie. I’m looking forward to cutting into it this afternoon πŸ™‚

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    Amanda
    16th April 2017

    The cake looks delicious, so perfect for Easter. I made creme egg fudge as my Easter bake, it would be amazing to win your set and a lovely Mary Berry cook book! GBBO with Mary will be so missed by all. Here is the link to my bake:
    http://wp.me/p4CHeD-Uv
    Happy Easter,
    Amanda.

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      Choclette
      16th April 2017

      Thanks Amanda. We’ll be eating the cake this afternoon. I’m looking forward to it. Thanks for your entry, fudge is very hard to resist!

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      Choclette
      16th April 2017

      That’s absolutely fine Sammie and no need to be sorry about not being on FB. Thanks for your entry. I used spelt flour in this cake, so it’s not gluten free.

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    Jo @ Jo's Kitchen Larder
    16th April 2017

    Wow, absolutely love the cake and especially the cream cheese icing on it and the fact that you used ground almonds as well. I love the hint of almonds in any cake. Hope you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ I shall head to the Facebook page and enter my Chocolate Marble Cheesecake for the comp as absolutely love the prize πŸ™‚ Gorgeous set! Hope you are having lovely Easter!

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      Choclette
      16th April 2017

      Hi Jo, great to hear you’re entering. The cake was delicious and went down a storm πŸ™‚ Hope you’re having a good Easter too.

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    Lynne Harper
    18th April 2017

    What a stunning cake and my fav as well. Nothing better than curling up with a big slice of cake and a cup of tea with a good book, my idea of perfect. Thanks for the recipe πŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      18th April 2017

      Thanks Lynne. Glad you like it. We’ve still got a couple of slices left to look forward too πŸ™‚

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    Lubka Henry
    18th April 2017

    This cake looks absolutely amazing! Thanks for taking the time to share the recipe :))

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      Choclette
      18th April 2017

      Thanks Lubka. It was touch and go as to whether I had enough time before having to leave the house, but I just managed it πŸ™‚

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    Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe
    18th April 2017

    Sounds like a fantastic cake – I love cream cheese frosting. I think I might have seen one of the GBBO but it never got big in our house – the timing and the station were wrong for us – sorry to hear it has left the beeb.

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      Choclette
      18th April 2017

      Thanks Johanna. I guess the GBBO wasn’t so easy for you to see. It was such a big thing here in the UK, I’m sad it’s gone.

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