Chocolate mud cake from scratch recipe

27 Nov

Chocolate mud cake

My firstborn just turned ten! Farewell Miss 9, hello Miss 10! My lovely gal requested a chocolate mud cake for her birthday and her wish was my command.

This was the first time I had made a dark chocolate mud cake from scratch and I was thrilled with the result. It was rich without being cloying, dense without being heavy and perfectly moist.

I topped the mud cake with my favourite dark chocolate ganache and decorated it with chocolate-covered popcorn. It looked elegant and perfect for any occasion but in the end I added a galaxy of star-shaped sprinkles and 100s and 1000s.

This mud cake would be a welcome addition any time of year and at any celebration: birthday/ christening / graduation/engagement…

Chocolate mud cake The Hungry Mum

Chocolate mud cake is a perfect Christmas dessert. It is elegant, delicious, special and can be decorated with red and green sprinkles to really create a festive vibe. It also keeps well, un-iced, in a sealed container in a cool dark place for a few days leading up to your event. Serve in small wedges, with cream, icecream, or as is. May be your special event be amazing.

GATHER:

250g unsalted butter, chopped

200g dark chocolate, chopped

3 tablespoons orange-flavoured liqueur – optional

1⅓ cups milk

¾ caster sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1½ cups plain flour, sifted

¼ cups self-raising flour, sifted

¼ cup cocoa, sifted, plus extra for dusting

chocolate ganache icing:

150g dark chocolate, chopped

½ cup pouring cream

decorations:

chocolate covered popcorn

sprinkles of choice

Chocolate mud cake -The Hungry Mum

LET’S GET TO IT:

Preheat oven to 150°C and grease and line a deep, 22cm round cake pan with non-stick baking paper.

In a large saucepan place butter, chocolate, milk, sugar and vanilla and stir over a low heat until melted and glossy. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Stir in three tablespoons orange-flavoured liqueur.

Whisk in the eggs, then sift in the flours and cocoa and stir with a metal spoon until smooth – do not over-beat.

Pour into cake tin and cook for 1 hour 10 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Allow to cool completely in the tin before removing to wire rack.

Meanwhile make ganache: melt chocolate and cream in a small saucepan over a low heat, stirring, until melted and glossy. Set aside to cool completely.

When cake is cold dress with ganache, popcorn and sprinkles.

The Hungry Mum - Chocolate mud cake

 

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25 Responses to “Chocolate mud cake from scratch recipe”

  1. missemzyy November 27, 2015 at 6:41 am #

    Looks delicious!!

  2. The Culinary Jumble November 27, 2015 at 8:44 am #

    Yum!!!

  3. A Cookbook Collection November 27, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    That looks amazing!

    • The Hungry Mum December 4, 2015 at 3:19 am #

      OMGosh – it was good. I could eat a slice of this right now.

  4. Linda November 27, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    Looks absolutely delicious!😊

  5. Laura (PA Pict) November 27, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    That looks superb. It makes me drool even though I’m still full from Thanksgiving dinner.

  6. Stephanie Leduc November 27, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

    I love how dense looking this cake is, omg must of been so delicious

    • The Hungry Mum December 4, 2015 at 2:27 am #

      I tell you what Stephanie – this is now the go to cake for family celebrations! #amazing

  7. hotlyspiced November 27, 2015 at 11:35 pm #

    Happy birthday to your daughter. The cake looks very festive and I bet she loved it. Great idea to decorate it with chocolate covered popcorn xx

    • The Hungry Mum November 28, 2015 at 6:26 am #

      Thanks 🙂 We are a popcorn loving family – our mini schnauzer is named Popcorn – so it was the perfect touch x

  8. Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella November 29, 2015 at 6:39 am #

    Happy birthday to your first born and may they have many, many more! 😀 What a cute way of decorating it 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum November 29, 2015 at 9:58 am #

      Thank you! She loved love this cake – as well as the popcorn decorations 🙂

  9. Anna November 29, 2015 at 5:31 pm #

    Look and sounds wonderful! Happy Birthday to your Miss 10! 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum December 6, 2015 at 9:30 pm #

      Thank you! Double digits is v exciting 🙂

      • Anna December 7, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

        Yes, indeed! 🙂

  10. Chitra Jagadish November 29, 2015 at 7:23 pm #

    Delicious cake…

  11. cookingwithauntjuju.com November 30, 2015 at 10:42 am #

    Love it – chocolate covered popcorn!

    • The Hungry Mum December 1, 2015 at 8:46 am #

      I love Popcorn so much I named our doggy after it! I love adding it to anything and everything.

      • cookingwithauntjuju.com December 1, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

        Ha!Ha! cute name for a dog. Check out my recipe “Cupcakes with Popcorn and Chive Blossoms.”

  12. ChgoJohn December 1, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    Now that’s a birthday cake! Your daughter made a great choice and I’m sure there were more than a few oohs and aahs as it was brought to the table.

    • The Hungry Mum December 5, 2015 at 10:33 am #

      Thank you 🙂 It was such a winner of a cake and I will 100 pc be making this for future family bdays.

  13. Anna @ shenANNAgans December 2, 2015 at 5:11 am #

    Chocolate cake…. drool. I have been craving chocolate cake for weeks. This almost tipped me over the edge, I picked up the phone to call down to the kitchen for a sweet treat, but didnt follow through. Holy yum it looks fabulous, Miss 10 picked a goodun! 🙂 Hope she had a lovely birthday too. xo

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