Mint chocolate cake
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips
- 250g (8oz) caster sugar
- 3 tbsp (10g) chopped fresh mint leaves
- 125g (4oz) butter, softened
- 2 medium eggs
- 250g (8oz) self-raising flour
- 60g (2oz) cocoa powder, sifted
- 300ml (½ pint) double cream
- 10g mint leaves, plus extra for decoration
- 200g bar dark chocolate, roughly broken into pieces
- 2 x 20cm (8in) sandwich tins, base-lined and buttered
To sugar mint leaves, brush small mint leaves with lightly beaten egg white, then sprinkle with caster sugar and leave on paper or a rack to dry for an hour.
- To make the cake: Set the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Put 1 tbsp of the sugar into a small bowl with the mint and pound together until the sugar is green. Cream the butter with the minty sugar and the remaining
- sugar, add the eggs, one at a time, with a little flour, beating well. Fold in the rest of the flour sifted with the cocoa. Add 125ml (4fl oz) warm water. Mix until smooth, and divide between the tins. Bake for 25 mins. Cool on a wire rack.
- To make the icing: Put the cream in a pan with the bruised mint leaves. Bring to the boil slowly, then take off the heat and leave to infuse for at least 30 mins. Reheat the cream, then strain it over the chocolate
- pieces in a large bowl and stir gently until the chocolate melts and the icing is smooth. Leave for 5-10 mins, to cool. Use a generous 3 tbsp to sandwich the cakes together, spread the rest over the top and ease it down the sides. Leave to set. Decorate with sugared mint leaves.
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Nutritional information per portion
- Calories 470(kcal)
- Fat 22.0g
- Saturates 18.0g
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.