Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Tunnel of Fudge cake

I could not tantalize you guys with not one, but two cakes, and not share a recipe now, could I?
So here it is- Tunnel of Fudge Cake.
½ cup boiling water
50 g any chocolate, chopped
2 tsps zest of an orange
1 cup vegetable oil (canola or sunflower)
1 cup granulated sugar
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups icing sugar
1 tsp. salt
5 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 180 C.
Brush the insides of a bundt pan with shortening or oil, ensuring that every bit of the surface is well coated. Spoon a tsp of cocoa into the pan and cover the oiled surface with the cocoa powder.
Bundt cake pan
Sieve together the flour, the cocoa powder, the icing sugar and the baking powder and set aside.
Mix the eggs and vanilla in a small bowl and beat to break up the egg yolks. Set aside.
Add the orange zest to the sugars and use your fingers (or a spoon if you are finicky) to really rub the zest into the sugars. Your kitchen will smell of orange heaven :)
Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Place in a large bowl and pour the boiling water over it. Leave it to melt for a couple of minutes.
Then stir briskly with a whisk and pour in the oil and the orangy sugars.
Alternately spoon in the dry mixture and the eggs, mixing well with the whisk.
When all the flour and al the eggs have been incorporated, pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and put it into the oven to bake.
Bake for about 40-45 minutes, turning down the heat if you need to. Test the cake with a skewer after 35 minutes and bake until the cake comes starts to pull away from the sides. If you feel the top is burning, cover loosely with foil.
Once the cake is done, place the hot cake on a wet towel. This will help free it from the tin. Cool for 25-30 minutes, or until the pan can be picked up comfortably. Loosen the sides with a spatula or plastic knife. Run it along the central ring to loosen the cake there. Then say a quick prayer and flip the cake onto a cake dish or large plate.
Gilding the lily:
70-100 g chopped chocolate (I used milk and not dark bust feel free to use whatever you love)
6-10 drops Orange oil
Melt the chocolate in the microwave oven in short bursts until smooth and lump free. Alternately melt on a double boiler (but this is such a small quantity that it’s a pain to bust out the double boiler for it).
Add the orange oil to the chocolate tasting until you are happy with it.
Let the chocolate cool then pour onto the cake.
Enjoy the Tunnel of deep dark fudge!
I adapted this recipe from Geni’s at Sweet and Crumby sweet and crumby. Go on and read her hilarious post and also look at her variation made with butter.
The dry ingredients.

The eggs being incorporated in.

Whisk, whisk, whisk…..

All baked and ready for the chocolate glaze!

Try this out today!

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