Earl grey chocolate fudge cake

  • Total Time

    1h 5m
    • Prep Time

      15m
    • Bake Time

      50m
  • Serves

    10
  • Skill Level

    Intermediate
  • Dietary Needs

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This truly exquisite chocolate cake is infused with a hint of Earl Grey tea which adds a wonderfully aromatic tinge to its fudgy excellence and will not look out of place as a dinner party centre piece. This masterpiece was created by Gizzi Erskins and can be found in her recipe book 'Gizzi's Kitchen Magic.'    

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C, gas mark 4).  Grease and line a 20cm spring form cake tin with butter and a disc of greasepoof paper.

  2. To make the cake, place the Earl Grey teabags in a cup and cover with the boiling water.  Leave the tea to stew for 5 minutes, then squeeze out the teabags and discard, leaving the really strong tea to cool a little.

  3. Place all the cake ingredients, including the tea, into a food mixer and blend until you have a smooth batter.

  4. Pour the batter into the cake tin and level out the surface.  Bake in the oven for 50 minutes until you can stick a metal skewer into the centre and it comes out clean.  Leave to cool in its tin, cover with a clean tea towel, for 2 hours.

  5. To make the Earl Grey cream, place the Earl Grey teabags in a small pan and cover with the boiling water.  Leave the tea to stew for 5 minutes, then remove the teabags, squeezing out the liquid as you go. Add the sugar to the tea, bring to the boil for 5 minutes or until a syrup like consistency.  Leave to cool for 10 minutes then whisk into the cream cheese.

  6. Slice the cooled cake in half horizontally.  Cover the bottom half with the Earl Grey cream, then place the top of the cake back on.

  7. Melt the chocolate for the icing in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes stirring halfway through.  Add the double cream and honey, then pour the chocolate icing over the cake.  Using a spatula, gently tease the icing around the edges until the whole cake is iced.

  8. To make the gold dust, melt the sugar in a small dry frying pan.  Once  it begins to caramelise,  empy out the contents of an Earl Grey tea bag into the caramel and stir the loose tea leaves through.  Take off the heat immediately and pour on to a sheet of greaseproof paper.  Leave to cool for 10 minutes, then grind up in a pestle and mortar until it becomes golden and dusty.  Sprinkle over the top of the cake and serve.

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