*** Two delicious chocolate fudge cake recipes for the price of one post! :)
Clever creatively photographed Chocolate fudge cake with fork impression by truth82 @ flickr
From Denny: Is this not a clever way to photograph your favorite slice of chocolate cake or what? It sure amused me so I just had to share it with you so you can get a grin too. I wasn't successful in finding a photo of this cake with coffee, toffee and fudge in it. These bed and breakfasts have yet to post photos to go with their recipes. People eat with their eyes first and if they post these delicious photos people will be booking rooms in speedy time!
Of course, the added bonus of searching a database is to find something else interesting that catches my eye. There it was, smiling back at me, this old recipe that pulled up the fondest memories of living in Atlanta, Georgia, when I used to bake these fun tunnel cakes. My other fav tunnel cake was the chocolate cake with a tunnel of cream coconut. That was a real OMG moment of explosion of perfect flavors.
For all my sugar-holic friends and blog fans out there in online land, these blow-out-the-calories sweet chocolate cakes are for you! When you bake one of these darlings, save a slice of chocolate goodness for me, done with great reverence - of course. And, then, think better of it to share - and instead woof it down in proper chocolate etiquette homage. :)
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Located just one hour west of Ottawa in the heart of the Ottawa Valley. Just minutes away from Renfrew, Pembroke, Cobden, Arnprior, Beachburg and Westmeath. The London House Spa offers professional treatments in a spectacular country setting.
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Coffee Toffee Fudge Cake
7 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (200 g)
1/2 cup butter, cut in pieces (125 mL)
1/4 cup coffee liqueur (50 mL)
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules (15 mL)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar (125 mL)
4 eggs, separated
2/3 cup all-purpose flour (150 mL)
1/4 teaspoon each salt and cream of tartar (1 mL)
1/4 cup granulated sugar (50 mL)
4 bars (each 39 g) milk chocolate-covered toffee, finely chopped
1/4 cup whipping cream (50 mL)
2 tablespoons coffee liqueur (25 mL)
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules (10 mL)
5 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (150 g)
In saucepan, heat semisweet chocolate, butter, liqueur and coffee granules over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Remove from heat; whisk in brown sugar until dissolved. Whisk in egg yolks, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Whisk in flour in three additions; let cool for 5 minutes.
In bowl and using electric mixer, beat together egg whites, salt and cream of tartar until soft peaks form; gradually beat in granulated sugar until stiff peaks form. Whisk one-third into chocolate batter; fold in remaining egg whites. Gently fold in half of the chopped chocolate bars.
Pour into well-greased 8-inch (750 mL) round cake pan. Run knife through batter to remove air bubbles. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 45 minutes or until top is firm to the touch and crust has formed. Let cool on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely.
Chocolate Glaze: In small saucepan, bring cream, liqueur and coffee granules to boil over medium-high heat. Immediately stir in chocolate; remove from heat and whisk until smooth. Let cool to room temperature. Pour over cake, letting some drip down sides. Garnish with remaining chopped chocolate bar. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until glaze is set. (Cake can be covered and refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 1 week.)
Tunnel of Fudge Cake by hfb @ flickr
Tunnel of Fudge Cake
Prep Time: 35 min (Ready in 4 hr 30 min )
1 3/4 cups or 4.2dl sugar
3,5 sticks or 400g margarine or butter, softened
2 cups or 4.75dl powdered sugar
2 1/4 cups or 5.5dl all-purpose flour
3/4 cup or 1.75dl unsweetened cocoa
2 cups or 4.75dl chopped walnuts (NOT optional)
3/4 cup or 1.75dl powdered sugar
1/4 cup or 3/4dl unsweetened cocoa
4 to 6 teaspoons milk
Heat oven to 350F/190C. Grease and flour 12-cup/28dl Bundt® pan or 10-inch/25cm tube pan. In large bowl, combine sugar and margarine; beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar; blend well. By hand, stir in flour and remaining cake ingredients until well blended. Spoon batter into greased and floured pan; spread evenly.
Bake at 350F/190C. for 45 to 50 minutes or until top is set and edges are beginning to pull away from sides of pan. (Since this cake has a soft filling, an ordinary doneness test cannot be used. Accurate oven temperature and baking times are essential.) Cool upright in pan on wire rack 1 1/2 hours. Invert onto serving plate; cool at least 2 hours.
In small bowl, combine all glaze ingredients, adding enough milk for desired drizzling consistency. Spoon over top of cake, allowing some to run down sides. Store tightly covered.
*** See Also: Cake Tuesday: Fresh Peach Coffee Cake
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