For the last four years I have made it my mission to make one of my best friends a caramel mudcake. I don’t know if it’s the pressure or the stress, but each year I stuff it up!
The first year I used a fresh cream icing with a Caramel glaze that melted in the central Queensland heat, the second year I tried to create a huge caramel cupcake – it sunk in the middle and the icing was like toffee! Then I though a simple layered Caramel like sponge would work!?! Fail.
I had many things happening in my life around the time of Belinda’s birthday and I was determined this year…in 2014 I was going to make it work!
And it did! A caramel mudcake with caramel fudge icing baked with love and perfection. The key I found with this cake is it needs time. Patience and time, which surprisingly is what I needed to learn in life that week.
Not a quick cake to make but well worth the time. Happy Birthday. Belinda!
Caramel mudcake with fudge icing
200g white chocolate
¼ cup golden syrup
1 ¼ cups brown sugar
1 tspn vanilla extract
2 cups plain flour
2/3 cups self-raising flour
¾ cups brown sugar
3 tbsp cream
½ cup white chocolate (chopped)
2 ¼ cups icing sugar
- Preheat the oven at 160 degrees. Line a cake tin (I used a 22cm round tin) with baking paper
- Place butter, chocolate, sugar and water into a saucepan and stir over low heat until the chocolate has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Place the mixture into a bowl and allow to cool
- Add egg and vanilla to the chocolate mixture and whisk
- Sift both the plain and self-raising flour and add to chocolate mixture
- Stir and pour into cake tin. Bake in the oven for 90 minutes
- Allow to cool
- Put the sugar, cream, butter and white chocolate into a saucepan and simmer gently until combined
- Take from the heat and add icing sugar in lots stirring to combine. Keep adding icing sugar until you reach your desired texture
- Ice cake quickly as the icing will set immediately
Newie pick: My friends The Acfields have just offered up a sneak peek from their upcoming album – Grabbed Me By the Heart. Their harmonies always amaze me! Check them out and follow them on Facebook! Big things to come from these guys this year!
Oldie song pick: Dr Hook – Sylvia’s baby.