Rocky road brownie tart birthday cake

27 Jan

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It was my niece’s birthday and she had flown down from her home near the Queensland border to catch up with her fav cousins (misses 7 and 9) and her nana. Naturally a cake was in order but the biggest decision of the moment was the nature of the cake. As the niece is a self-confessed a sweet tooth (her mum made her a cake that used 2 kilos of icing sugar!) a chocolate cake was in order but that didn’t really help – have you SEEN how many recipes for chocolate cake lurk on the web?

The idea of rocky road crept into my mind…

and soon I stumbled across a recipe for a brownie slash rockie road slash pie from the More Sweets Please blog: see the original here: http://www.moresweetsplease.com/rocky-road-brownie-pie

brownie-top

Miss9 agreed that her cousin would love it so the two of us set about baking.

I dramatically reduced the amount of sugar – I used ¾ cup compared to the two cups in the original recipe and it was still too sweet. As this is so packed with extra chocolate, both in and on top of the tart, I would suggest reducing this again. Next time I’ll use ½ cup and see how that goes.

We hosted a small party and the birthday niece loved it. Happy days.

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GATHER:

brownie

170g butter, diced

115g dark choc, chopped

1/2 cup of sugar

1 cup flour

3 eggs, whisked

2 teaspoons vanilla

¼ cup white chocolate cut into chucks

¼ cup diced walnuts

tart-sparkler

topping

100grams dark chocolate

splash unflavoured cooking oil such as canola

½ cup white chocolate chunks

½ cup marshmallows – I used both miniature and normal size

2 tablespoons diced nuts of choice

LET’S GET TO IT:

Preheat oven to 180C and grease a tart pan with removable base. Place pan on flat oven tray – a bit of brownie batter may leak so better on the tray than on your oven.

Place chocolate and butter in a large saucepan over low heat and stir until completely melted and glossy.

Remove from heat and allow to cool for five or so minutes.

Stir in sugar, vanilla, flour, eggs and beat with silver spoon until combined.

Add white chocolate and nuts and mix until just combined.

Scrape into pan until 2/3s full – you will have extra batter left over.

Bake 14-ish minutes – you want the brownie to be moist inside.

Set aside to cool completely, then make and decorate with topping:

Topping:

Place the chocolate and splash of cooking oil in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 30 seconds at a time on very low setting, stirring after each blast, until melted and glossy.

Stir in extra nuts and white choc then dollop onto tart. I kept mine in the centre but feel free to do your own thing.

Slice into skinny wedges to serve.

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45 Responses to “Rocky road brownie tart birthday cake”

  1. Tania January 27, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

    beautiful brownie! love it

    • thehungrymum January 31, 2015 at 6:31 am #

      Thanks Tania – it vanished in the blink of an eye!

      • Tania February 2, 2015 at 1:36 am #

        I bet… 😀

  2. nicolefrancescaevans January 27, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

    Wow!!

  3. Laura (PA Pict) January 27, 2015 at 6:05 pm #

    Droooooooool!

  4. Nancy January 27, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

    There is nothing NOT to like about this recipe!! Fabulous. 🙂

    • thehungrymum January 31, 2015 at 6:20 am #

      well, a gold star for your kind words 🙂

  5. cindy knoke January 27, 2015 at 8:30 pm #

    Yummy!

  6. scarletscorchdroppers January 27, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

    What a gorgeous looking cake! I could just dive straight into that topping. I love the picture with the sparklers too 🙂

    Jennie x

    • thehungrymum January 28, 2015 at 5:19 am #

      Thanks Jennie – I was pretty happy with the way it turned out.

  7. prettyloved January 27, 2015 at 9:54 pm #

    Ummm that looks delicious!!! haha

  8. blackheartbetty January 28, 2015 at 12:18 am #

    I love me some Rocky Road!! Yummy!

  9. Liz January 28, 2015 at 6:02 am #

    that is so much fun 🙂 Lucky niece! And I love that she has a sweet tooth. Smart girl.

    • thehungrymum January 28, 2015 at 10:25 am #

      Thanks Liz – my niece’s name is also Liz! #snap She was very happy with this cake 🙂

  10. Choc Chip Uru January 28, 2015 at 10:46 pm #

    Wow if I can’t get a slice of this soon, I am going to throw a tantrum 😛
    It looks amaze balls!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • thehungrymum January 28, 2015 at 10:51 pm #

      hahhaha! Well, you’d fit right in at Casa Hungry Mum with a particular child who could give masterclasses in tantrums ;0

  11. Lilly Sue January 29, 2015 at 5:22 am #

    What a fun idea! I love that last photo!

  12. breakfastdramaqueen January 29, 2015 at 11:38 am #

    WOW! Rocky road, brownies, a tart and a birthday cake in one? Magical!

    • thehungrymum January 30, 2015 at 6:57 am #

      Life is short – eat an OTT cake, I say!

  13. thehungryartist January 29, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    OMG, total yum! Rocky road is my favorite ice cream as well!

    • thehungrymum January 30, 2015 at 6:55 am #

      Amen sister! Rocky road is all the yum x

  14. Catherine Sherman January 29, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

    Love the marshmallow “garnish”! You could add that to a variety of desserts.

    • thehungrymum January 30, 2015 at 6:54 am #

      You’re right – and it sure beats making frosting which I really dislike doing 🙂

  15. Rocky Mountain Woman January 29, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    It almost looks too pretty to eat!

  16. trixpin January 29, 2015 at 10:53 pm #

    2 kilos? 2 KILOS of icing sugar????! Oh my goodness. Seriously? 2 kilos? Wow. I’m glad you took control of the scales for this one …
    It looks SO good and so much fun as well! Love it 🙂

    • thehungrymum January 30, 2015 at 6:56 am #

      I know! I couldn’t believe it – my teeth feel sore just thinking about it!

  17. K. / Pure & Complex January 30, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

    I am so loving this birthday cake. And it seems like it’s so easy to make. Delish

    • thehungrymum January 31, 2015 at 7:59 am #

      It is super simple to make and a small slice goes a long way 🙂

  18. Chez @ Chez Moi January 31, 2015 at 7:37 am #

    This sounds so good! Love the photo of the cake with the sparklers on top – great shot.

  19. deelightfullyveg January 31, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    Lovely!

  20. Nine Cent Girl February 1, 2015 at 3:26 pm #

    OH MY!! Sparklers and all the rest, you have sold me!!

    • thehungrymum February 16, 2015 at 9:09 am #

      sparklers are just so much fun, aren’t they?

  21. Frugal Hausfrau February 2, 2015 at 1:50 am #

    I love the sparklers, too! They stole the show, I think! 🙂 The tart looks so good and chocolaty though!

  22. Sophie33 February 8, 2015 at 9:52 pm #

    Waw, this special tart looks awesomely delicious! xxx

  23. zboncakszerobystephanie February 22, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    Reblogged this on Zero By Stephanie.

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