Chocolate Mint cake with choccy mint frosting.

I’ve found and read about many chocolate mint cakes, most strike me as dry or overpowering.  However I came across a squelchy looking mint aero chocolate brownie and it gave me an idea for a decadent chocolate mint cake.

cut choc mint

Chocolate mint cake

  • 50g cocoa
  • 135ml boiling water
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 250g light muscovado sugar
  • 120ml groundnut oil
  • 135g self-raising flour sifted
  • 100g mint aero chopped

Mix the boiling water, cocoa, bicarbonate and peppermint extract together and leave to cool.  Whisk the eggs, sugar and oil together and break up any lumps.  I’ve found that leaving the egg solution allows the sugar to dissolve fully, just in case you can’t break all the lumps.  I mix in the chocolate mix into the eggs until combined and then fold in the flour.  Pour mix into a lined 8″ square tin and dot with chopped mint aero chocolate, pressing the chocolate down into the mix.  Bake at 160’c for 40 minutes until well risen, shrinking away from the edges and skewer comes out clean.  Its not very pretty without the frosting but very tasty just in case you didn’t want any topping.

naked cake

Choccy mint frosting

  • 150g white chocolate
  • 150g cream cheese
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint essence

Melt the chocolate (I used the microwave for 90 sec, checking often) and then beat in the cream cheese, icing and peppermint essence.  I leave the mix to cool for 15 minutes after which time it has thickened up and is easy to spread over the cake without running.

whole cake

slice

inside

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