Wednesday, March 18, 2015

There is nothing better in the world than a Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Fudge Icing - nope, I refuse to believe it. Ever since I was introduced to the holy trinity of Chocolate Fudge Cake, Tuna Sandwiches - don't ask why that's included here - and Hot Chocolate on many trips to Starbucks and Pret a Manger as a child (those were the days!), I would forever and always OD on chocolate but never learn not to order both a chocolate drink and cake together. Rookie mistake.

I've taken that love of chocolate cake on with me, and although I don't eat it as often anymore, you can't have a cake for your birthday or special occasion that isn't chocolate right? I've usually had to settle for sugary buttercream as a filling and topping for my cake in the past - as seen in this recipe - but now I've cracked it guys; a healthier chocolate fudge filling that is made of 4 natural ingredients and is completely vegan - can I get a whoop whoop?!

You will have to wait for it to set before you can slather it on your cake or eat by the spoonful, but it is so worth it...

Ingredients (makes enough for the top on one medium cake)
20 Pitted Dates | Hot Water | Nut Milk | 50-60g of 70% or higher Quality Dark Chocolate

1. Soak your dates in hot water, allowing them to absorb the heat and turn soft for blending. Whilst they soak, prep your chocolate and pan for melting.

2. Break up the chocolate and pop in a heatproof bowl as a bain marie, allowing the water on a medium-heat to slowly melt the chocolate. As it just turns to liquid, take off the heat and add in a Tbsp of milk at a time until you have a glossy, velvet ganache.

3. Add in a tad more milk to keep the chocolate in a workable form, and then prep the dates. You will want to drain 80% of the liquid and then add in fresh hot water to the dates once they are in the blender. Add it a bit at a time so the mixture doesn't become too liquidy, but is enough to break down the dates. What you are looking for is a caramel coloured, slightly thick liquid with bits of date in, and you will have to stop and scrape down the sides a few times to make sure it all gets mixed!

4. Once the dates look enough like a caramel fudge, mix in the chocolate ganache with a small splash of milk and blitz. It may instantly combine or it might need liquid - go steady on adding milk, as adding too much will make it very thin!

5. When it all looks combined, pour it out into a bowl. Now it may look very liquidy, but that is perfect as we're now going to let it set. Pop it in the fridge for 40-50 minutes, maybe less is you want to speed the process up by leaving it in the freezer for 5-10 minutes (not too long or it will go an odd consistency). What you should be left with is a firm mousse like texture, perfect for fillings!

6. Now spoon it out into serving bowls if you want to eat it alone - I won't judge you, it's bloomin delicious as a dessert on its own - or you can start to layer it onto a cake, shaping the fudge into glorious swirls and edges. Pure heaven.

I mean, that's the stuff right there right? And it tastes so darn good too - I promise that the emoji poo look of it doesn't translate to flavour. By draining a lot of the date infused liquid, it helps remove some of the fruity taste but keeps that awesome whipped mousse-like fudge consistency when combined with the ganache. The date pieces add to the texture, and the chocolate is a perfect blend of bitter but smooth - you need this in all your cakes for the rest of time.

In terms of keeping, it should stay good in the fridge for 2-5 days, but if you're cake is hanging round that long then you need to fix that problem (and treat yourself to an extra spoonful or slice) but regardless, this is on easy way to create the perfect chocolate fudge filling and topping for all your cakes that will seriously impress your friends. Move over Betty Crocker, there's a new icing gal in town...

Are you a lover of Chocolate Fudge cakes? What is your favourite cake and filling? Should I bring out my own range of icing to rival Betty?!

Lots of Love,
Lauren x

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