Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Second Helping Chocolate Brownie Cake

Better late than never right? Behold! Cake!

Pretend this is what I posted on my three year bloggaversary *cough*

So I was going to make Sophie Dahl's chocolate cake, which stated it only used a 25cm wide cake tin, well.... I made a big traybake with this one, and it turned out delicious! It would have gone all over the place had I only used a normal cake tin, but I suppose you could make two and layer them if you feel like it! It's up to you!

I brought this monster to work, and everyone really liked it! The texture is like a hybrid between good ol' tradition chocolate cake, and the infamous brownie! I decided to leave out the nuts, as I didn't know if anyone was allergis to them, but I can imagine it would take it that half a step up a notch with some nuts for crunch.

I added a bit of rum essence in the frosting, like my mother always does - but that is optional, of course!

Second Helping Chocolate Brownie Cake
(Makes one 30-40 x 20cm traybake, or one deep 25-30cm cake)

300g room temperature butter
500g caster sugar (I used light golden)
4 eggs
350g plain flour
75g/half cup cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
125ml/half cup milk
125ml/half cup boiling water
Juice and zest of one orange
120g chopped walnuts (optional, but highly recommended)

For the ganache:
250g dark chocolate, chopped
250ml/1 cup double cream
1 tsp rum extract (optiona)

To decorate:
Candied orange peel and extra chopped nuts
OR icing sugar
OOR dessicated coconut

- Start by pre-heating the oven to 180°C.

- Now, in a large mixing bowl, have ALL the ingredients for the cake batter. Mix well to combine and simply pour into a greased or lined cake tin/pan. Place in the middle of the oven and bake for about an hour - NOTE - mine was in the oven for probably about an hour and a half, but after an hour check if a toothpick comes out clean when you check to see if it is cooked.

- Once done, leave to cool, before making the ganache, otherwise the ganache will just drip down to the sides.

- Melt the chocolate in a bowl in a casserole of hot water (water and chocolate don't like each other) on the stove, the heating turned to medium low. Pour in the cream and allow for the chocolate and cream to get completely mixed, add in rum extract if you want. Leave to set for a little bit before spreading evenly over the cake, topping it with either candied orange peel and nuts or simply with a dusting of icing sugar, or some dessicated coconut!

Simply.....enjoy! Either with a cup of coffee, tea, or perhaps an ice cold glass of milk? I have been addicted to Koko's coconut milk recently, so good! Oh! And Alpro has released a dairy free yogurt made from almond milk, and it is delicious :)

The healthy banana dolphin will laugh at you whilst splashing around in his blueberry sea... but who cares? You have cake!

Original source:
Sophie Dahl's "From Season to Season", p. 256

- Jules


  1. oh my gosh, that is a cute banana :3 And love the cake, I'd definitely take a second helping of this!!

    1. Hahah thanks! I was playing with my food - cause my parents never told me not to, haha :P
      THAT chocolate cake by the way, and super easy to veganify :D x

  2. Ååhh så fristende med sjokokade tidlig på morgenen. Den ser nydelig ut Julie. Og så snilt å dele med kolegaene.
    Her har det blitt laget cookie-deig nettopp,som skal bakes når S og jeg er inne fra regnet igjen :)
    God dag!

    1. Koselig og ta med til de andre, også ble det faktisk et lite stykke igjen til roomiesen min også :D Baker ikke ofte, men er alltid kjekt når resultatet blir bra :D
      Mmm cookie deig?! Deilig :D Er sikker på det var en vinner hos lille ruskebollen :) Ha en nydelig kveld :) xx

  3. Haha, your banana dolphin is so cute!
    Now this brownie cake looks like something I would devour in an instant. No wonder everyone liked it at your work!!

    1. Thanks Cathleen! I saw some photos on facebook, and then I googled "fruit animals" and holy smoke there are a lot of creative people out there! The dolphin was all I could muster, and his little friend in the corner whom I don't know what is :P
      You'd love this cake! :D x