Caramel mudcake with fudge icing

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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

250g butter

200g white chocolate

¼ cup golden syrup

1 ¼ cups brown sugar

150ml water

150ml cream

1 tspn vanilla extract

3 eggs

2 cups plain flour

2/3 cups self-raising flour

 

Fudge icing

¾ cups brown sugar

3 tbsp cream

90gm butter

½ cup white chocolate (chopped)

2 ¼ cups icing sugar

  1. Preheat the oven at 160 degrees. Line a cake tin (I used a 22cm round tin) with baking paper
  2. 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 photo 1
  3. Add egg and vanilla to the chocolate mixture and whisk
  4. Sift both the plain and self-raising flour and add to chocolate mixture
  5. Stir and pour into cake tin.  Bake in the oven for 90 minutes photo 3
  6.  Allow to cool

Fudge icing

  1. Put the sugar, cream, butter and white chocolate into a saucepan and simmer gently until combined
  2. Take from the heat and add icing sugar in lots stirring to combine.  Keep adding icing sugar until you reach your desired texturephoto 4
  3. Ice cake quickly as the icing will set immediatelyphoto 5

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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.

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