This sensational homemade layered chocolate mud cake with juicy fresh pears makes an impressive birthday cake or treat for a special occasion.
The ingredient of Layered chocolate mud cake
- 150g butter, at room temperature, chopped
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 3 Coles Brand free range eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 3/4 cup self-raising flour
- 1/2 cup plain flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup caster sugar, extra
- 2 firm ripe pears, peeled
- 1 cup Coles Brand thickened cream
- 400g Coles Brand dark cooking chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- 10 hazelnuts, lightly toasted and skin rubbed off
The instruction how to make Layered chocolate mud cake
- Preheat oven to 160C or 140C fan-forced. Grease a 20cm round cake tin and line base with non-stick baking paper. Use electric beaters to beat butter and 1 cup of caster sugar until pale and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
- Sift flours and cocoa powder over the mixture and add buttermilk. Fold in until combined (do not overbeat). Pour into the prepared tin, and bake for 50-55 mins, or until springy to a gentle touch in the centre. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
- Meanwhile, combine extra sugar with 4 cups water in a medium saucepan and stir over low heat until dissolved. Add pears and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 mins, or until tender but not mushy. Remove from pan, drain and cool. Cut into quarters.
- Heat cream in a small saucepan until hot, then add cooking chocolate. Remove from heat and stand until chocolate has softened, then stir until melted and smooth. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until thickened to a spreadable consistency (donu2019t let it get too thick).
- For the toffee hazelnuts, combine sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Stir over low heat, without boiling, until sugar has dissolved (brush any crystals from the side of the pan with a wet pastry brush). Bring to the boil and cook over medium heat, without stirring, for about 10 mins, or until golden brown. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Line a heatproof tray with non-stick baking paper. Insert a thick toothpick into the base of each hazelnut. Working one at a time, dip a hazelnut into the toffee. Allow excess to drip off and place on the tray to set. Repeat the dipping, letting a trail of toffee form. Cut off with scissors. If toffee becomes too thick, gently reheat. Remove toothpicks before putting hazelnuts on cake.
- Cut cake into thirds horizontally. Spread chocolate mixture on cake layers and reassemble. Top with pears and hazelnuts.
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