Easter Chocolate Fudge Cake and Spanish Orange and Almond Cake


Easter Chocolate Fudge Cake

150g unsalted butter, softened

150g light muscovado sugar

40g cocoa powder

150g self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bi-carb of soda

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

142ml soured cream

2 tbsp. golden syrup

For the ganache;

250ml double cream

250g dark chocolate [Bournville is ideal ]

To decorate;

1 chocolate flake, crumbled

120g tub mini eggs

Heat oven to 180C, grease and line two 200mm sponge sandwich tins. Beat together the butter and sugar until pale. In a separate bowl, sift the cocoa, flour, baking powder, bi-carb and a pinch of salt, mix well together. Add to the creamed butter and sugar. In a jug, whisk the eggs with vanilla, soured cream and syrup. Pour over the dry ingredients and beat together. Divide the mixture between the two tins. Bake for about 20 – 25 mins until springy. Leave to cool for a few mins and transfer to wire racks to cool completely. For the ganache. In a bowl over simmering water melt the chocolate and cream together until the chocolate is completely melted. Remove from the heat, stir briefly until combined and smooth [DON’T OVERSTIR]. Leave to cool for about 1 hr, or thick enough to spread. Use slightly less than half to sandwich the cakes together. Spread the remaining ganache all over the cake [top and sides] the decorate with the eggs and flake.



Spanish Orange and Almond Cake

2 oranges, about 280g in total, scrubbed and rough-ly chopped [ with skin ]

5 eggs, separated

200g caster sugar

225 ground almonds

2 tbsp. flaked almonds

sifted icing sugar to decorate

Put the chopped orange in a small sauce pan, dis-carding any pips. add 1 tbsp. of water, cover and gently simmer for about 30 mins until all excess liquid has evaporated. leave to cool. Preheat oven to

180C. Line the bottom and side of a 23cm spring form tin with parchment. Finely chop the oranges in a food processor. Put the egg whites in a large bowl and whisk until they form stiff peaks. Gradually whisk in half the caster sugar, then whisk for 1 min. Using the same whisk, whisk the egg yolks with the remaining caster sugar in another bowl for 2 – 3 mins or until pale and quite thick. Whisk in the finely chopped oranges, then carefully fold in the ground almonds. Stir in 3 table spoons of the egg white to loosen the mixture, then gently fold in the remaining whites with a large metal spoon. Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin and level the top. Sprinkle with the flaked al-monds. Bake for 50 – 55 mins or until the cake is golden and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Check the cake after 20mins and again at 30mins, and cover lightly with foil if it is browning too quickly. Leave cake to cool in tin, then transfer to a serving plate. Dust with icing sugar. Cut and serve.