Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Another year, another cake!

Well, here it is! Teen boys birthday cake and this year it was Nigella's Chocolate Gingerbread. And what a cake! I'm not saying it was my brilliant baking but the whole cake was just a yummy mouthful after mouthful. It was enhanced by the fact that I had got hold of a couple of tins of Tate and Lyle treacle. Now, I much prefer the taste of our Aussie golden syrup (it's less sweet to my tastebuds!) but I just don't think that you can beat the taste of good old Tate and Lyle for treacle.
Anyway, if you haven't tried it then just go ahead and give it a go as I'm really sure that you won't be disappointed!
Chocolate Gingerbread
175g unsalted butter
125g dark muscovado sugar
2 tbsp caster sugar
200g golden syrup
200g black treacle
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/4 tsp bicarb of soda
2 eggs
250ml milk
275g plain flour
40g cocoa powder
175g chocolate chips
30g unsalted butter
1 tbsp cocoa powder
60ml ginger beer
250g icing sugar
Oven to 160C. Line a tin with baking paper.

Melt butter with sugars, golden syrup, treacle and spices. Remove from heat. Dissolve the bicarb in 2 tablespoons water and add to the melted butter along with the eggs and milk. Stir in the flour and beat well. Fold in the chocolate chips. Bake for about 45 minutes.
It will be slightly damp under the top. Cool.
For the icing melt the butter, cocoa and ginger ale. Sift in the icing sugar and top the bread.

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