Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Valentines Bake #1 - Spiced Mocha Bundt with Chocolate Ganache

Call me crazy, but I've decided to go a little bit overboard on Valentines this year! (Any excuse to bake guys!) So I'm doing a series of Valentines Bakes, the first of which being this deliciously fudgey Spiced Mocha Bundt Cake.

Dangerously chocolatey, with a cheeky hint of spice, shamelessly smothered in silky chocolate ganache. The perfect thing to charm that special someone in your life! 

On that note, I do believe that baked goods had a key role to play in the romancing of my other half. 
The first time I met him, I baked him brownies, and that was that.

So yes, baked goods are important and can clearly work miracles and cover a multitude of sins!

Recipe adapted from JoytheBaker

2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 heaped tablespoon mixed spice
1 cup strong coffee
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
small handful of chocolate chunks 

Preheat the oven to 350/180. Grease a bundt pan with vegetable oil and dust with cocoa powder.
In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients. Mix the coffee with the vegetable oil and pour into the center of the dry mixture. Mix until well incorporated and then fold in the chocolate chunks. 
Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and bake for 35-40mins, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. (Depending on your oven it could take longer.)
Leave to cool in the pan for at least 10mins and then turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling completely. While the cake cools, make the chocolate ganache.
10oz dark chocolate
1/2C almond milk
Break the chocolate into squares and place in a medium sized saucepan. Add the milk and place over a medium heat, stirring constantly until the chocolate has just melted. Immediately remove from the heat and continue to stir while the ganache cools slightly and thickens slightly.
Pour over the cake and decorate with sprinkles!
Enjoy xo

1 comment:

  1. This looks gorgeous! I really like the sprinkles you used, the whole thing has just the right balance of cute and classy. :)