Vanilla is a flavour that is quite often overlooked, overshadowed by it’s bigger, bolder brother chocolate, it is most often used to enhance other ingredients rather than allowed to shine on it’s own. But when used well, vanilla is a beautiful stand-alone flavour, sweet, complex and comforting. I decided to bake a cake flavoured only with vanilla to highlight just how delicious it can be….
It seems I have a bit of a thing for three layer cakes; if you use 15cm/6in pans they turn out perfectly proportioned, tall enough to look impressive, but not so huge that they are impossible to eat. In fact I use my 15cm tins far more often than any others I own (and I own quite a few…), as they are such a convenient size if you don’t have loads of people to feed; I also want to get some really diddy 10cm ones to make tiny towering cakes with!…
Salted caramel chocolate fudge cake – four layers of moist chocolate fudge cake filled with salted caramel swiss meringue buttercream, topped with whipped chocolate ganache and a liberal dose of salted caramel.
This salted caramel chocolate fudge cake is one of the most popular recipes on my site – and for very good reason! It is a bit of a labour of love to bake, but the results are so, so worth it….
Sometimes I get the urge to bake something utterly over the top, this time, I wanted to make something GREEN…The cake stash was getting low so I knew that it had to be some form of cake…What’s green…? Mint. What goes with mint…? CHOCOLATE! So….mint choc chip chocolate zebra cake was born. The cake itself is an impressive looking hidden design of alternating layers of chocolate and peppermint sponge, covered in mint choc chip buttercream and topped with chocolate ganache and peppermint chocolate bark. Minty chocolate heaven….
My fiancé doesn’t get excited by food like I do, while I want to try everything and have the most enormous, varied list of things that I want to bake that I am unlikely to ever be able to work my way through, he is a little more set in his ways about what he likes. One of the things that he does love is chocolate cake, and he has requested that there always be a supply in the freezer in case a craving hits….