Monday, May 5, 2008

Mountain Meadow Chocolate Fudge Cake

Inspired by the wonderful cheesecake pops from last month's Daring Bakers Challenge, I bought Jill O'Connor's book, Sticky Chewy Messy Gooey. It is such a cute book, and I think that Deborah and Elle picked one of the best recipes out of it for DBs.

I needed to make something for morning tea last Friday which only used ingredients that I had around the house. Flipping through Sticky Chewy Messy Gooey, I found a recipe for Mountain Meadow Chocolate Fudge Cake that sounded really good, and for which I thought I had all the ingredients. Alas, I was short one egg, and had to run to the service station for eggs in the middle of the process on a rather chilly evening. However, it all turned out in the wash, as I think my photos attest. This cake is a massive chocolate hit - the icing in particular is very thick, rich and fudgy. The team loved it!

Rather than re-invent the wheel, you can find the recipe on Pittsburgh Needs Eated here, should you want to try it out. Or even better, invest in Jill's book - you won't be sorry. The only change that I made was to leave the pecans out of the icing, and to sprinkle the top of the icing with flaked almonds instead.

If you love your chocolate full on, this cake is for you!

On a different note, the wonderful effervescent Pixie from You Say Tomahto, I Say Tomayto has awarded me the Yummy Blog Award. Thanks so much Pixie!!

I need to give this award to four other blogs that I find yummy. As Pixie says, with food blogs, what wouldn't you find yummy? I have chosen to give this award to the following four fantastic bloggers that I visit regularly:

Tammy from Wee Treats by Tammy, who not only makes delicious treats, but also makes lovely homemade cards using motifs from retro patterns;

Arfi from Homemades, whose wonderful dishes using produce from her garden and her interesting insights into Indonesian cuisine have me coming back for more;

Susan of Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy, who not only makes devine, visually appealing fare, but has me in stitches with her writing; and

Todd & Diane, the very groovy White on Rice Couple, who inspire me with their videos and creative dishes using produce from their fantastic garden.

If you haven't visited these sites before, they are well worth the trip - you'll love them.


Susan @ SGCC said...

Oh my goodness! Thank you so much!I saw chocolate cake pop up on my reader and of course, I had to check it out. What a lovely surprise!

The cake looks just wonderful! Really fudgy and decadently delicious. It's funny, because I went out and bought this book after the DB challenge too. Everything in it looks sinfully good!

Pixie said...

I need to get my hand on that book- RIGHT NOW! You're such a good baker running out to get that egg lol ;) I've done the same before except it was flour :)

You're very welcome and a well deserved award.

Unknown said...

Gaye, what an honour hehehe... That cake is definitely me! I love gooey cake. I think it's so sexy I can't even stop from picking the crumbs and licking the spoon hehehe... Thanks for the award.

Cakelaw said...

My pleasure Susan - I love your blog.

Hi Pixie, thanks again for the award. SCMG is a cute little book that you will love.

Congrats Arfi - I have admired your work for ages, and it is well deserved.

Anonymous said...

Hi, just stopping by as I promise to Pixie to visit. Your fondant cake is beautiful, the roses are great. I'm still struggling with my roses !

Peter M said...

Cake, it's gorgeous and I love the sliced almonds!

Also, this photo turned out really good...keep up the god work!

The Caked Crusader said...

Why is it that including the word "fudge" in a cake's name makes it that bit less resistable??? It's just got that allure to it hasn't it!
We all seem to be fudge cake crazy at the moment! Yours looks a beauty!

Unknown said...

Wowwww...look at that chocolatey goodness...i shouldnt show this to my sous chef or he'd demand me to whip up one tonight hehe

Silvia - Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

I was looking for a birthaday cake for this thursday and this is perfect so thanks for the idea

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your award. Thanks for introducing me to a few new food bloggers. ;)

Cakelaw said...

Thanks for dropping by Min.

Thanks Peter - your encouraging words are appreciated.

I know what you mean Crusader - I go weak at the knees at the mention of fudge!

Hi Rita, I wouldn't blame him either - it is a chocolatey kapow!

Hi Sylvia, I'd love to hear how you go with it.

Thanks Maryann - hope you enjoy these yummy blogs!

Tammy said...

wow, thanks so much cakelaw!! I am so honoured that you gave me the award! This is my first award! :0) I bought the sticky, messy etc book as well, but havent had a good look through it yet - love the look of your cake!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Merci! Cam On! Gracias! um....there's more, I'll have to consult my other half for the other languages!
Congrats on your very well deserved award! Thanks for the cake! Yum!

Anonymous said...

OMG! Chocolate Heaven

Gretchen Noelle said...

This looks delicious! I love the rounded corners on the cake!

Ivy said...

Congrats on the award Rosie how can that chocolate fudge not make this blog yummy.

Cakelaw said...

Hi Tammy and T&D, you deserve it!

Thanks Goddess, Gretchen and Ivy - large pieces for all of you!