16 July 2011

white chocolate citrus mud cake

When I was home visiting my family it was my cousin Nikki's 18th birthday. 
Her sister Tam made her this amazing citrus mud cake! So I decided for my birthday that I would make this cake for myself. She found this recipe on taste.com.au 
Now don't let the mass amounts of lemon rind scare you off, it flavours the cake very subtly.

recipe from Taste.com


2 tsp lemon rind
2 tsp lime rind
3 tsp orange rind
350g butter
180g white chocolate
2 cups castor sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
11/2 cups of milk
3 eggs
2 cups of plain flour
 3/4 cup SR flour

For white chocolate ganache
360g white chocolate
2 tsp lemon rind
2 tsp lime rind
2/3 cups of sour cream

Preheat oven to 160C. Grease cake pan and line with baking paper. 
Combine lemon, lime and orange rind, butter, chocolate, sugar, vanilla, and milk in a sauce pan and mix over a low heat until the mixture is smooth. Cool the mixture for 10mins.
Add eggs to the mixture and whisk in. Add flour and whisk in. Pour into greased lined cake pan. Cook for 2 hours or until a skewer comes out with fine cooked cake crumbs on it. Let stand for 10mins then turn out and cool on a wire wrack.

Now for the white chocolate ganache. If you have never worked with white chocolate before just keep in mind that it's very easy to stuff up. 
Place 2 cm of water in a sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Chop the white chocolate and place in a glass or metal bowl that fits over the top of the saucepan perfectly. 
Make sure the water is just at a simmer and the bowl is not touching the water underneath.
 Just another hint: do not let any steam get into the bowl as this will make the chocolate seize up. Also make sure you are using a metal spoon to mix rather than a wooden one as the wooden spoons contain moisture. 
Let the chocolate sit melting until half of it is melted. Take the pan off the heat and continue to mix the chocolate until it has completely melted. Then mix in the rind and sour cream. 

Let the mixture cool in the fridge for around 30mins or until it has thickened enough to spread over the cake like a thick icing. Let set and serve. 

This cake is amazing! Enjoy!

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