It has been a super long time since i wrote my last blog - absolutely dreadful of me! If you were wondering why... My weak excuse is that i have been getting married and going on honeymoon! Upon return from honeymoon, i was looking forward to starting the 'nesting' phase that i have been looking forward to for such a long time. No such luck. I opened my e-mails the day after we got back only to find an order for a wedding cake for that Saturday!! To use the old adage, i hit the ground running!
So, to get started, here are some pics of the first wedding cake made as a married woman!
This wedding, as well as the following week's wedding, was hosted at their home. So brave!! I love how intimate and sentimental it is to have one's wedding at your home or the home of someone important in your life, but what a mission! So much work and stress for the family. My hat goes off to those willing to take on the challenge!
Back to the cake... They chose a White Chocolate and Raspberry Mud Cake with White Chocolate Ganache. One of my favourites! It is delicious and moist and so easy to make. Here is the recipe...
White Chocolate and Raspberry Mud Cake
300 g plain flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
450 g castor sugar
250 g butter
150 g white chocolate
250 ml milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
150 g fresh or frozen raspberries (Warning: if you use frozen raspberries, the baking time will be significantly longer.)
Melt the sugar, butter, chocolate and milk together in a bowl in the microwave. In a separate bowl, sift the flour and baking powder together. Pour the melted chocolate mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well with a whisk. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir to just combine. Do not overbeat! Gently stir through the raspberries.
Pour the mixture into a prepared cake tin and bake in an oven preheated to 160 degrees Celsius for 1 and a half hours until cake is soft but cooked in the centre. Place on a wire rack and allow to cool overnight in the tin.
Serving Suggestion: Because this cake is so deliciously moist, one can eat it as is! But, if you would like to make it that much more glam, make some
White Chocolate Ganache
250 ml cream
500 g white chocolate, chopped into small pieces
Heat the cream in the cream in the microwave for 2 minutes. Add the chopped chocolate and whisk until smooth. Leave to set overnight before spreading over your cake.
Alternative: leave the raspberries out of the sponge and muddle them in with the white chocolate ganache instead!