Wednesday, 3 March 2010
Green & Black's Creamy Milk Chocolate Cake
Today in the household of Sweet Craftiness we have been experimenting with yummy scrummy Green & Black's chocolate. To trial the chocolate we made a delicious chocolate cake; secret recipe comes courtesy of my mum and I added peanut M&M's to add a splash of colour.
I was sent a few bars of delicious Green & Blacks chocolate to review and give some feedback and so this is one of the ways that I used my chocolate. I'm so glad I took this photo when I did however as a few minutes later my dear husband went in to a cupboard and dropped something DIRECTLY on to the cake, resulting in the M&M's making holes in the cake. Never mind, it tasted just as good!
Here's the recipe:
Ingredients needed for cake:
7 oz self-raising flour
8 oz butter
6 oz caster sugar
1 oz cocoa powder
Step 1: Sieve the flour in to a mixing bowl and then add all other ingredients. Whisk until you get a really smooth consistency and the mixture seems almost fluffy. It's important to remember that incorporating air in to the mixture makes the sponge well sponge-like.
Step 2: Preheat the oven to 200 c/180 c fan oven. Whilst the oven warms up, grease two round tins with butter and then shake a light dusting of flour over to make sure the cake mixture doesn't stick.
Step 3: Divide the mixture between two tins.
Step 4: Put in the oven for around 20 minutes. A good way to test that the sponge is done is by touching it, if it springs back then it's done.
Step 5: When the cakes are cooked, tap gently out on to two plates to cool.
Next comes the fun part where you get to use the delicious Green & Black's chocolate. As you may be aware, Green & Black's uses organically grown cocoa beans and ingredients which are ethically sourced. And it's this balance of taste and principles that Green & Black's stand for and why they pay a premium for their ingredients. So let's see how great the chocolate cake tastes using this delicious chocolate......
Ingredients needed for butter icing:
4 oz butter
3 oz icing sugar
5 small squares of Green & Black's milk chocolate
Step 1: Melt the chocolate
Step 2: Whisk the butter, icing sugar and melted chocolate together until it has a lovely creamy texture.
Step 3: When sponge has cooled, spread the mixture on the bottom layer of cake. Put the top on the cake.
Next it's time to melt some more delicious Green & Black's Creamy Milk Chocolate to spread all over the top of the cake. You can add any decorative chocolates to the top to add colour.
I think you will agree that the Green & Black's chocolate really makes this cake! Result = 1 happy family!!!!
Alongside the chocolate that I received came some taste test instructions. You can find these instructions here.
So here's my opinion on the delicious bars which I received:
Green & Black's Butterscotch chocolate - yum, yum, yum! I had to keep going back for more of this bar. The butterscotch pieces worked really well against the buttery, sweet texture of the chocolate. I loved the crunch element.
Green & Black's Milk Chocolate - absolutely delicious. The texture was amazing!
I can't tell you much more about the other bars as my husband didn't realise that I was meant to be taste testing for my blog and devoured a few bars, but his verdict is 'LOVELY'!
I hope my blog as helped you in learning a bit more about Green & Black's.
I've certainly learnt a lot, for example how to properly taste chocolate and the importance of quality ingredients. But I think the above recipe shows that Green & Black's can be used to create very appealing food for children.
If you want to learn a bit more about the Green & Black's story then watch the video below:
For more info visit Green & Black's