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Once Every 30 Years Chocolate and Raspberry Celebration Cake
Wednesday, 11th August 2010, 22:47

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Tommorrow, my assistant celebrates 30 years at our workplace. Quite a remarkable achievement, she has been working there since long before I was even a twinkle! For this I feel she deserves some sort of celebration cake (and a straight jacket, seriously 30 years??).
I conducted some secretive research to suss out her favourite cake type (Hey J, what's your favourite type of cake?) and recieved a very clear response of CHOCOLATE!
Once Every 30 Years Chocolate and Raspberry Celebration Cake
Recently, I made the delightfully gooey raspberry and chocolate pudding from Super Food Ideas, and I really wanted to turn that pudding into a rich, moist chocolate and raspberry cake that would do justice to this special occasion. And to provide an awesome morning tea on an otherwise ordinary Thursday. :)
After a bit of hunting, I found this chocolate and raspberry cake from the back of a Creative Gourmet pack of frozen raspberries.
Once Every 30 Years Chocolate and Raspberry Celebration Cake
With a full block of dark chocolate, extra cocoa, a full stick of butter and 2 cups of sugar, this cake is anything but delicate. Sinfully rich, thick and super chocolatey, the addition of raspberries adds unexpected little bursts of sour/sweet to balance out the chocolate.
Once Every 30 Years Chocolate and Raspberry Celebration Cake
It is not a cake for everyday, but for once in 30 years, I think it's just about perfect. Congratulations J!

Chocolate and Raspberry Cake
Once Every 30 Years Chocolate and Raspberry Celebration Cake
The cake is a very simple melt and mix. It is almost a mudcake in density, it will feed at least 10 people as it is so rich.
Once Every 30 Years Chocolate and Raspberry Celebration Cake
Preheat a conventional oven to 160°c (fan forced 150°c).
In a heatproof bowl, place 250g chopped unsalted butter, a 200g block of dark cooking chocolate, 2 cups of castor sugar and 2 cups of milk.
Once Every 30 Years Chocolate and Raspberry Celebration Cake
Place over a saucepan of simmering water and stir as it slowly melts together.
It will go through a few weird looking stages,
Once Every 30 Years Chocolate and Raspberry Celebration Cake
but keep at it and it turns into black gold.
Once Every 30 Years Chocolate and Raspberry Celebration Cake
Once smooth and melty, take it off the heat and let it cool down a little.
Add two eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla and whisk until combined.
Once Every 30 Years Chocolate and Raspberry Celebration Cake
Sift in 1½ cups self raising flour and ¼ cup good quality cocoa and whisk until well incorporated.
Once Every 30 Years Chocolate and Raspberry Celebration Cake
Pour batter into a prepared 24cm springform cake tin, the batter is quite runny, it leaks out a bit from the bottom of my tin so place it on an oven tray if you have the same problem.
Once Every 30 Years Chocolate and Raspberry Celebration Cake
Sprinkle 1 cup of frozen raspberries over the cake batter. They will sink into the cake as it cooks.
Once Every 30 Years Chocolate and Raspberry Celebration Cake
Bake for 1 hour 15 mins or until a skewer comes out clean. The cake is meant to be moist, but not gooey runny.
Once Every 30 Years Chocolate and Raspberry Celebration Cake
Remove and allow to cool in tin for 10 mins, then transfer to a cake rack to finish cooling entirely. This is a very soft, moist cake, so treat it gently.
To top, either make a very simple chocolate frosting or ganache and dribble over the top over the cake. I cheated with a prepared chocolate frosting sachet made thinner with some thickened cream.
Once Every 30 Years Chocolate and Raspberry Celebration Cake
Then I shaved some dark chocolate to sprinkle over the top, what's one more calorie going to do to a cake like this? May as well embrace the chocolatey goodness.
Once Every 30 Years Chocolate and Raspberry Celebration Cake
Once Every 30 Years Chocolate and Raspberry Celebration Cake
To serve tomorrow, I will sprinkle with extra chocolate shavings, and possibly some more raspberries. After all, it's only once every 30 years, it had better be worth while! :D


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