16-old enough for lots of things, but still my little boy!! Where on earth has the last 16 years gone? I have no idea, I just know that they have gone incredably fast. He has sat his first GSE today, can ride a scooter, smoke, get married, it has all come round far too quickly for my liking. I left home when I was 16, moved to Sussex and started my first job. I have to admit, I would find it very hard if he were to go. (Even though I joke and drop hints about leaving home, I don't really mean it, he'll probably be here until he's 30)!!
The requests were in-the most chocolatey of chocolate cakes was required along with some girlie cupcakes and a pudding that everyone would like. This is what I came up with:
Chocolate Mud Cake (covered in every conceivable chocolate you fancy)!!
This is a recipe that I have used of Jo Wheatley's (Jo's Blue Aga), GBBO 2011 winner. I doubled the ingredients as I wanted to bake it in 2 X 11" tins
330 g softened butter
600 g caster sugar
130 g S/R flour
400 g plain flour
2 tsp bicarb
135 g cocoa powder
400 ml of sour cream & 100 g cream cheese mixed together
cook for 45 mins @ 160
Mix caster sugar and butter until light and fluffy, add eggs one at a time beating in between each egg.Sieve flours bicarb and cocoa into a bowl, add half to mixture, fold in, add half of sour cream & cream cheese, fold in, then repeat with both, spoon into an 11 inch prepared tin. Cook for about 45 mins, leave to cool for 10 mins before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
I iced in standard choc butter cream, you can use Ganache, however this is a very rich cake and we all prefer the buttercream option!! Choose your favourite chocs to decorate. Choc fingers or flakes round the sides look good and a selection on the plate/cake stand.
I made a batch of girlie cuppies for Chloe Beau-note the bow!!
|Chloe Beau herself!!|
Oh and my old faithful pud-Lemon Merigue Pie, (for the non cake lovers or simply glutenous, who had both)!! Always the bridesmaid and never the bride-hence not a picture in sight!!