This cake is an adaptation of a recipe in cups found in an American magazine at the hairdresser's[she'd recently been to the US on holiday]. I asked to borrow it, as it had some great recipes in it!
The original icing in the recipe had been a mixture of melted chocolate and milk, but I wanted something a bit more luxurious so made a ganache.
Couldn't think of what to bake beginning with K for AlphaBakes, but remembered this recipe.
210g sr flour
125g icing sugar
1/4tsp baking powder
5-6 drops vanilla extract
110g butter (melted)
3tspn cocoa powder
1 tspn strong coffee
chocolate ganache to ice [see below]
2 ripe kiwi fruit
preheat oven 180C/gas4/fan160C
grease a 23cm springform cake tin
Separate the eggs and whisk the whites till frothy.
Sieve flour, baking powder and cocoa into a bowl and mix together.
In another bowl pour in melted butter and add the icing sugar and gently beat together using a hand mixer. Add the vanilla extract, the coffee, the egg yolks and lastly the flour mixture. Fold together carefully, and
lastly fold in the egg whites.
Pour into the tin and bake for about 25 mins. leave to cool on a wire rack.
Chocolate ganache- 150ml double cream, 150g dark chocolate, 1 tspn vanilla extract and 1 tspn butter
Warm cream, vanilla and butter with the chocolate in a heavy saucepan. Bring to boil - chocolateshold have melted. Take it off the heat and whisk till thick and smooth. leave to cool for abit, but not too long as you want it runny enough to ice the cake. Pour over the cake to cover it, sides and all.
Nigella has a trick where she uses 4 strips of greaseproof paper like a cross and puts the cake on them before she decorates it. When she's put the icing on, she pulls out the strips and the plate is clean! Haven't tried it!
Slice the kiwi fruit thinly and decorate the top of the cake.
Well, it wouldn't win any prizes for looks would it? The cake itself had a good flavour and texture; I'm sure adding a little coffee brings out the chocolate flavour. The texture was moist and quite crumbly. We ate it for dessert, as it was difficult to eat without a fork, and luckily the kiwi were ripe enough to be soft and delicious.
AlphaBakes is a monthly challenge hosted alternately by Caroline of Caroline Makes blog and Ros of The More than Occasional Baker blog. Letters are chosen at random and this month's letter, as I've already mentioned, is K. Caroline is hosting, and look on her blog for more info.