Saturday, April 23, 2011

♥ making the easter bunny proud! ♥

other than 2010, this is the first easter that i'm not with my family celebrating easter as if we had it confused with christmas - enough food for a small african country and lil chocolate easter eggs and bunnies just where you look! normally we have the braai out, and not like it's that much different from our average weekend with the fam, but eating non stop - the awesome thing about easter, just like christmas is that for some reason - it's ok. it's ok to have so much pudding you can't even stand just looking at the dish it came in, it's ok to have a 4th and 5th helping at lunch and dinner and it's ok to eat choccies as if all the factories in the world will be closing down tomorrow. this easter though, my hubby and i decided to come to clanwilliam so that we can enjoy what seems like the last weekend with weather nice enough that we can take the boat and the wakeboards out on the dam - we're staying with good, good friends of ours, but it is their weekend/holiday house so we're not as spoiled as we would be in our kitchens back at home. so no lamb and veggies and baked puddings this weekend. i did however remember to bring my magazines with and in one of them i discovered a little piece of heaven. a chocolate guinness cake! i know, i know - at first i also felt a little iffy about this one, but trust me after reading the article, i can't wait to get home to try this lil fella out! and on that, i def couldn't wait to share the recipe, so here goes:

chocolate guinness cake (om nom hommmmm)
15 minutes to make, 40 minutes to cook plus cooling!

what you'll need...
250g softened unsalted butter plus extra for greasing
200g soft dark brown sugar
100g good quality dark chocolate, melted
2 large eggs
200ml guinness
275g self raising flour
30g cocoa powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

for the icing:
200g cream cheese
75g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp sour cream
125g white chocolate, melted

what you'll do...
1. preheat oven to 180C. grease and line a 23cm loose bottomed cake tin.

2. beat the butter with the sugar until pale and fluffy - about 5 mins... gradually beat in the melted chocolate until smooth, then beat in the eggs one at a time.
3. gradually whisk in the guinness. you will have a smooth batter at this point. sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, then carefully fold it into the chocolate mixture.

4. pour into the tin and bake for 35-40 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. leave to cool in the tin, turn out onto a cake plate.

5. for the icing - beat the cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla extract together until smooth, then mix in the soured cream and melted chocolate. spread evenly over the cake and serve!

some useful info:
per serving - based on 12 servings
*455 kcals, 33.9g fat (21g saturated), 4g protein, 35.7g carbs, 33.4g sugar and 0.6g salt

a little piece of heaven on earth!

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