Chocolate Bourbon Mud Cake

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! If you’re looking to spoil your dad with some decadence today, try this delicious mud cake- with rich chocolate and a splash of bourbon!

Here’s what goes in

  • 250g of butter
  • 100g of dark chocolate
  • 100g of milk chocolate
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 3 tablespoons of bourbon
  • 1 and three-quarter cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 quarter cup of cocoa

For the ganache:

  • 125ml of fresh cream
  • 100g of good quality dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 50g of unsalted butter, softened
  • Chopped nuts, or wafer biscuits, to garnish

How to do it

Pre-heat your oven to 180°C and grease and line a loaf pan of approximately 12cm by 30cm. In a heavy-based saucepan, melt the butter, gradually stir in roughly broken bits of chocolate and add the sugar. Then add the milk, bourbon and vanilla essence, stir well to combine and set aside to cool. In a mixing bowl, lightly beat the eggs then add the baking powder, cocoa and flour. Stir in the chocolate mixture until you have a smooth consistency. Pour this into your prepared loaf tin and bake for 1 hour or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.

To make the ganache, pour the cream into a heavy-based saucepan, bring this to the boil, and then immediately remove from the heat so it does not burn. Pop your chocolate into a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds to soften. Pour half the cream over the chocolate bits and stir thoroughly. Then pour in the rest of the cream and stir until you get a smooth consistency. Add the butter and stir the mixture until it’s well combined and silky in texture. Cover the bowl and set aside in a cool place for about an hour, or until it has thickened. Don’t put it in the fridge as the ganache will become too hard. When you’re ready to serve, pour the ganache over the cake, allowing the cracks to fill. This will add to the rich chocolatey flavour. Sprinkle chopped nuts or chopped bits of biscuit over the top for a tasty, textured finish.

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