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Chocolate Pomegranate Cake with Lemon Curd & Strawberries

Chocolate Pomegranate Cake with Lemon Curd and Strawberries - A birthday Cake fit for a Princess

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. I give you my uber lush chocolate pomegranate cake with lemon curd and strawberries.

Pomegranate Juice Drink

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 chocolate pomegranate 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. It must be said, however, that PomeGreat, as this drink is called, contains only 30% pomegranate juice. The rest is made up of water and other fruit juices from concentrate.

Cocoa Powder Taste Test

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.

 

Chocolate Pomegranate Cake with Lemon Curd and Strawberries - A birthday Cake fit for a Princess

A Birthday Party Feast

On the day of my birthday, 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 my birthday chocolate pomegranate chocolate cake and the gooseberry mini cakes that have were featured in a previous post.

My Birthday Party Feast

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.

Birthday Cakes Galore

The cake went down a storm. No surprise there. The tangy fruity creamy combination encapsulated summer perfectly. The chocolate cake itself was succulent with a light but substantial sponge that was infused with a hint of pomegranate. I made the lemon curd too, of course.

Birthday Cake

A couple of days after my birthday when the chocolate pomegranate 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. Thank you Mamma.

Chocolate Pomegranate Cake with Lemon Curd and Strawberries – The Recipe

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Chocolate Pomegranate Cake with Lemon Curd and Strawberries - A birthday Cake fit for a Princess
Chocolate Pomegranate Cake with Lemon Curd and Strawberries
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
A celebration chocolate cake made with pomegranate juice then layered and topped with cream, lemon curd, strawberries and chocolate.
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keywords: birthday cake, cake, chocolate, lemon curd, pomegranate juice, strawberries, summer
Servings: 12 slices
Ingredients
  • 225 g unsalted butter
  • 225 g dark brown sugar
  • 1 heaped tbsp golden syrup
  • 4 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  • 225 g flour (half wholemeal, half white)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 50 g cocoa powder (I used Food Thoughts)
  • 60 g ground almonds
  • 150 ml pomegranate juice
  • 200 ml double cream
  • 4 heaped tbsp lemon curd homemade if you can manage it
  • 300 g strawberries - hulled and quartered
  • 20 g 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.

Linkies

I am sending this chocolate pomegranate cake with lemon curd and strawberries 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 and to Jenny over at Mummy Bakes Cakes for July’s Celebration Cakes and Bakes.

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54 Comments

  1. Honest Mum

    19th July 2014 at 11:06 am

    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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    • Choclette

      19th July 2014 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks Vicki – link and badge are both there.

      Reply
  2. Lucy Parissi

    19th July 2014 at 1:10 pm

    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 at 4:05 pm

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

      Reply
  3. Julie's Family Kitchen

    19th July 2014 at 3:19 pm

    An amazing looking cake packed full of gorgeous flavours. Beautiful!

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  4. Harmony Marsh

    19th July 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I feel as if I should live with you 🙂 beautiful yummy cakes 🙂

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    • Choclette

      21st July 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Thanks Harmony – ah, if only we could live on cake 😉

      Reply
  5. Angela Moore

    19th July 2014 at 7:20 pm

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

    Angela

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    • Choclette

      21st July 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Well at least some of your five a day are covered Angela 😉

      Reply
  6. Laura Denman

    19th July 2014 at 8:35 pm

    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 at 4:10 pm

      Thank you Laura – I can attest that it is rather an addictive combination 🙂

      Reply
  7. belleau kitchen

    19th July 2014 at 9:02 pm

    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 at 4:11 pm

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

      Reply
  8. Madeleine Morrow

    19th July 2014 at 10:40 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      21st July 2014 at 4:12 pm

      What are you planning on doing for yours Madeleine?

      Reply
  9. Suelle

    20th July 2014 at 7:48 am

    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 at 4:13 pm

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

      Reply
  10. Jacqueline Meldrum

    20th July 2014 at 12:26 pm

    That looks amazing Choclette. I’m going to top my next victoria sponge in that style. Gorgeous!

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    • Choclette

      21st July 2014 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks Jac, so worth doing 🙂

      Reply
  11. Louise Smith

    20th July 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Oh god! This looks amazing. I now have the urge to start baking 😀

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    • Choclette

      21st July 2014 at 4:14 pm

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

      Reply
  12. thefashionfictionary.com

    20th July 2014 at 3:44 pm

    ooh i love pomegranate and chocolate <3 I’ll definitely give this recipe a go!
    Love Lucinda xx
    http://thefashionfictionary.com

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    • Choclette

      21st July 2014 at 4:15 pm

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

      Reply
  13. The Caked Crusader

    20th July 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Love the colour combination – looks so fresh and vibrant

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    • Choclette

      21st July 2014 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks CC. Tastes good too – honest!

      Reply
  14. Angie Schneider

    20th July 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Happy belated Birthday, Choclette. The layered cake looks amazing.

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    • Choclette

      21st July 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you Angie, it was one of my better ones 😉

      Reply
  15. Janice Pattie

    20th July 2014 at 7:53 pm

    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 🙂

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    • Choclette

      21st July 2014 at 4:17 pm

      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 😉

      Reply
  16. Kate Glutenfreealchemist

    20th July 2014 at 9:28 pm

    What a beautiful looking cake. Looks absolutely delicious! Happy birthday too!

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    • Choclette

      21st July 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Thank you Kate – it was rather tasty 🙂

      Reply
  17. GG

    20th July 2014 at 9:48 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      21st July 2014 at 4:19 pm

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

      Reply
  18. Honest Mum

    20th July 2014 at 10:36 pm

    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 at 4:20 pm

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

      Reply
  19. Phil in the Kitchen

    20th July 2014 at 11:05 pm

    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 at 4:21 pm

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

      Reply
  20. Katie

    21st July 2014 at 5:33 am

    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 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks Katie, you’re right, it’s pretty much got it all there 🙂

      Reply
  21. Jen Price

    22nd July 2014 at 10:19 am

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

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    • Choclette

      22nd July 2014 at 10:31 am

      Thanks Jen, you can perhaps tell I was a little pleased with it 😉

      Reply
  22. ManjiriK

    22nd July 2014 at 11:38 am

    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 at 10:35 am

      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.

      Reply
  23. Aunt Bee

    22nd July 2014 at 5:24 pm

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

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  24. Jean | DelightfulRepast.com

    24th July 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Sounds wonderful, Choclette! Your party sounds wonderful, too! Any excuse for an afternoon tea party, I always say.

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    • Choclette

      25th July 2014 at 7:55 am

      Haha Jean – we are two of a kind 🙂

      Reply
  25. Johanna GGG

    25th July 2014 at 3:54 am

    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 at 7:57 am

      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.

      Reply
  26. AMummyToo

    2nd August 2014 at 5:18 pm

    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 🙂 x

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    • Choclette

      7th August 2014 at 8:40 am

      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.

      Reply
  27. mummymakescakes

    14th August 2014 at 1:25 pm

    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 at 11:18 am

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

      Reply

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