Love chocolate and mint? You will love our chocolate mint cake. Add fresh mint to both the cake mix and icing to bring plenty of freshness and flavour. Simply decorate with sugared mint leaves for a very elegant look.
- 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
- For the icing
- 300ml (½ pint) double cream
- 10g mint leaves, plus extra for decoration
- 200g bar dark chocolate, roughly broken into pieces
- You will also need
- 2 x 20cm (8in) sandwich tins, base-lined and buttered
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.
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.