Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Chocolate Peppermint Cake

I know, I know..I haven’t been posting much lately,but I assure you I have been baking, I've just been too busy to take pictures and post!This cake should make up for lost time.I found a new addiction,the After Eight Mint Chocolate!I’m a mint and chocolate lover so a combination of both made this product perfect for me!This is a very, very good chocolate cake, that's about all there is to it. I particularly like the frosting....



Ingredients:
200g butter
100g dark Chocolate(70%)
100g after eight chocolate
4 Eggs
2dl Caster Sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
2dl Plain Flour
2Tbps cocoa powder
1tsp baking powder

Glaze:

Double Cream
50g Butter
100 gram after eight chocolate
4 drops of peppermint extract

Decoration:

18 after eight chocolates



Directions:

1.Preheat oven to 175*C. Grease an 24cm round springform pan .
2.Melt butter, chocolate and After Eight in a saucepan and allow to cool.
3.Cream Eggs and sugar together until light and fluffy.Mix in chocolate butter.
4.Sift together flour, cocoa powder, soda and salt.Mix the flour into your mixture until you can see it has all mixed together nicely.
5.Pour your cake mixture into a pan.Place in a pre-heated oven at 17*C for approx 20 minutes (depending on your oven).
6.The cake is done when you shake the dish gently and the cake jiggle just slightly in the middle. Remove from oven and let the cake cool in the pan.
7.Melt butter,heavy cream and After Eight chocolate add 3-4 drops of peppermint extract and pour the glaze over top of the cake.Refrigerate the cake for a 2h.
8.Decorate the cake with After Eight chocolates.