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Friday, 29 January 2010

Marbled Fudge Cake



It's not very often that you will see anything made of chocolate on this page. It's not that I don't like chocolate. Aux contraire . . . Je t'aime le chocolate, tres beaucoup!

Todd doesn't though. He hates chocolate, or more specifically, chocolate cakes and cookies. He likes chocolate candy and hot chocolate and chocolate ice cream and milk.



I, on the other hand, just adore chocolate cakes and cookies, chocolate bars, truffles, chocolates . . . . but I hate chocolate milk, and chocolate ice cream. I do like chocolate pudding on occasion and I sometimes enjoy a frothy hot chocolate, but only with lots of whipped cream on top . . . like they serve it on the continent . . .


Therein lies my dilema. Do I go about baking things that only I will eat . . . making my hips scream out in agony . . . or do I risk it, say what the heck and go for it anyways.

Most of the time I say no . . . tis not worth the risk on the scales . . .



Once in a while though I come across a recipe so obscenely delicious looking that I can't turn away . . .

What's a girl to do???



I caved in . . . of course. It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it. Adapted from the cookery book entitled, "Easy Baking," by Linda Sollister.


There are now 15 slices going begging. Any takers???



*Marbled Fudge Cake*
Makes 1 cake (16 slices)
Printable Recipe

A deliciously moist chocolate fudge cake with a digestive base, and a creamy cheesecake ripple running through it.

For the base:
80g digestive biscuit crumbs
50g unsalted butter, melted

For the chocolate mixture:
120g good quality plain chocolate, chopped
35g unsalted butter, diced
2 large eggs
150g caster sugar
75g flour
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 to 3 drops vanilla extract
50g broken walnut pieces

For the cheese mixture:
25g unsalted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
85g cream cheese (philadelphia)
50g sugar
1 large egg, beaten
10g plain flour

First make the base. Mix the biscuit crumbs and the melted butter together and then press the mixture into the base of a well buttered 9 inch springform pan to make a thin even layer. Chill in the fridge while you make the filling.

Pre-heat the oven to 180*C/350*F.

Melt the chocolate gently in a heatproof bowl over a pan of steaming water. DO not let the water touch the bowl. Stir the chocolate until melted and smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the butter until it is melted.

Beat together the eggs and sugar for the chocolate mixture with a wooden spoon until frothy. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together into the bowl. Add the chocolate and butter mixture and the vanilla. Mix well together and then stir in the nuts. Spred this mixture over the chilled base.

To make the cheese mixture, cream the butter until creamy and then beat in the vanilla and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the sugar and then the egg. Add the flour and stir well. Spoon this mixture on top of the chocolate layer in the pan. Swirl the tip of a knife through both mixtures to marbel.

Bake in the heated oven for 25 to 30 minutes until just firm. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan before unmoulding.

Serve at room temperature.

Store airtight and eat within 5 days. This cake improves in flavour for several days after baking. Yummo!!

16 comments:

Gloria said...

Hi my dear Marie, I really love Fudge Cake and Im agree is so tempting, this look georgeous, I love it,´huggs and kisses, gloria

Julie said...

I'll take a big, fat piece, Marie--it does look obscenely delicious!

I've so missed visiting you, dear friend! So glad to be home & look forward to catching up with everyone! Hope you're feeling well and happy and that everything is as it should be!

I had a great trip and saw so many wonderful things and met so many wonderful people, but...as they say...there really is no place like home, is there?!

Much love sent your way, and I'll be back to see you tomorrow!

Sook said...

That cake looks so moist and rich! Yummy!

jose manuel said...

Estupendo bizcocho de queso y chocolate. Enhorabuena. gracias.

Joy said...

Now that is just wicked. There is probably a law against it! Watch out!

Lucie said...

I am most certaintly a taker of this! This looks gorgeous and moist. Your Todd doesn't know what he's missing:)

MaryMoh said...

That looks so moist, chocolatey and delicious. I would love a big slice...yum

Allie and Pattie said...

Oh my! Obscene is the right word for this. And evil. And decadent. And I will be making it tomorrow! Thank you so much!
xoxo Pattie

Tracy said...

Ooo...this is lovely! I've not eaten or even made a mable cake in years... must remedy that! Thank you for this good cake! Happy Weekend, dear friend--LOVE YA ((BIG HUGS))

madrekarin said...

You can send a piece over here! I wonder if I could use a graham cracker base as we do not have digestive biscuits here. (Which is a great shame because I love them!) I think I'll give it a whirl!
Thanks so much, Marie.

Marie said...

Karin, graham crackers would work beautifully! I love digestives too. Better than graham crackers I think, but one has to use what one has to use! xxoo

La Table De Nana said...

You can just see how moist it is! Pass one slice please..over to Canada:)Love the idea of the digestives..

Jane said...

Oh, Marie. You're speaking my language, you know. I have the same dilemma constantly. Do I make something I know I'll love but suspect no one else will necessarily like? Yes, it's a dilemma with a capital D.

This cake looks incredibly appealing to me. Hmmm, I don't have any digestive biscuits around, but I do have leftover homemade graham crackers from that Daring Bakers challenge this week . . . I might just have to do it.

(You are clearly a superb cook and baker, Marie. I think this blog is a great feast in itself--just glorious!)

Jane

Chele said...

Oo-o-Oooooooooooooooo. Pick me! Pick me! I'll help you. Lol. Looks wonderful and moist. Yumo.

Janice said...

That looks so good! I just don't get how some people don't like chocolate cake, my friend and my DH's cousin both like chocolate but not in cake.

Jo said...

Drooling quietly drooling!