DAY 7: SHH! IT’S A SECRET!

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It’s a secret… a really, really, good secret…

 

Day 7: SHH! IT’S A SECRET!

 

CB

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There was a lot of talk about a certain cake by a certain Mrs. B. in lil’ ol’ Bon Temps. Mrs. Bellefleur may have gifted that carefully guarded secret recipe to the town with her death. it even ended up in some BOOK and was universally denounced inedible. we knew better considering the source, and since we had already done the sensible thing and sent over a pink clad vampiress to glamour that recipe out of Mrs. B. when she was still breathing. So While she may have given away the ‘recipe’ she never wrote down the fact that she was a bit of a lush and tossed in a splattering of bourbon, a generous helping if she was drinking along, and a dash of some black powder that Pam feels should belong on the narcotics list. So if you want the ‘real’ chocolate cake that made Mrs. B. the envy of the town, bake this and thank your local vampire for not letting another thing of beauty go to the grave.

 

Caroline Bellefleur’s Chocolate Cake

 

You’ll need:

 

For the Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

225 g/8 oz. dark/semi sweet chocolate

65 g/ 4 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder

175 g/ 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter

1 tablespoon of instant coffee powder

a shot (or more) of Bourbon

4 eggs

250 g/ 1 cup of caster/superfine sugar

175 g/ 1 1/4 cups plain/all purpose flour

1/2 tsp sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)

1/4 tsp salt

235 ml/1 cup buttermilk

 

 

For the fudge Icing

250 ml/1 cup whipping cream

65 g/ 3 tablespoons golden syrup (can be bought at specialty stores or Amazon)

350 g/12 oz. high quality dark/semi-sweet chocolate

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp of Bourbon

75 g/5 tablespoons butter cut into cubes and chilled

 

Directions:

 

Method for cake:

1.Preheat the oven to 170C (340F), Gas 5.

2. Put the chocolate and cocoa in a large heatproof bowl.  Melt the butter in a pan over a medium high heat.  Pour butter into the bowl of chocolate and cocoa and stir until melted and smooth. Mix in the instant coffee powder and Bourbon and set aside.

3. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar.  Pour into the chocolate mixture and mix until well combined.  Put the flour, sodium bicarbonate and salt in a large mixing bowl and sift twice.  Add one third of the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture and mix until well incorporated.  Add half the buttermilk and mix until just combined.  Repeat with another third of the flour mixture, then the rest of the buttermilk.  Finally add the last third of the flour mixture and mix until combined.

4. Spoon the mixture into a 10 inch cake pan that has been greased and lined with parchment paper.  Bake in the oven for 35-45 mins.  A wooden skewer should come out with almost no crumbs and the middle of the cake when pressed, should spring back slightly.

5. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes.

 

Method for fudge icing:

1. Put the cream and golden syrup in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil.  Put the chocolate in a large heatproof bowl.  As soon as the cream mixture has come to the boil, immediately pour it over the chocolate. Set aside for 1 minute.

2. Using a small  balloon whisk placed in the middle of the bowl, stir with very small motions.  Don’t stray from the middle of the bowl.  Keep stirring with small motions – it will look like nothing is happening until a very shiny, thick, glossy mixture forms.  Gradually store in wider motions to incorporate more cream into the emulsion until fully combined.  Add the vanilla extract, Bourbon, and butter and mix until well combined.  Set aside to let the chocolate firm up before using.

 

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*Recipe adapted from: 

TEA WITH BEA, RECIPES FROM BEA’S OF BLOOMSBURY

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9 thoughts on “DAY 7: SHH! IT’S A SECRET!

  1. redjane12 says:

    I hadn’t thought about Mrs. Bellefleur’s infamous cake in ages… I guess I forgot about canon because… yeah, reasons… many reasons… But here it finds its way to 2015 that old bitty will be laughing (or not) from wherever she is….

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  2. msbuffy says:

    YUM! Chocolate cake! It’s not just for breakfast anymore! Looks like I might have to bake this weekend!
    (Lookout, World! msb’s gonna bake… There goes the neighborhood)

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