Chocolate christmas cake-SSB challenge

Chocolate christmas cake-SSB challenge
One of the best cakes I baked and one of the best I tasted,thanks to Sweet and simple bakes. I was doubtful whether I could do the challenge this month. It was a "no" till saturday. But then I did not want to miss this month too. So saturday, when I went for shopping, I wanted to get the vegeterian minced meat because there was no time to make one now. I searched all over the place and finally found some packets of christmas puddings and the ingredients were almost the same as Maria had mentioned in the recipe. So I bought it.

And then I baked the cake yesterday. First I was baking this at the last minute and second I was not sure whether I had all the ingredients( was in a hurry). So I made a little changes to the quantity of the ingredients. But the cake tasted great. The meat definitely imparts a great taste to the cake as the ingredients of the meat was soaked in brandy and then adding lots of other nuts , the cake had an authentic taste of that of the christmas cake.

Next time ,I do this, I am going to make the Vegeterian minced meat at home.

I did not have much time for decorating the cake. I just did whatever I could do at that moment. But I was happy with the result.

You can refer the recipe here too. Worth trying friends, you will love it.

Chocolate christmas cake-SSB challengeOne of the best cakes I baked and one of the best I tasted,thanks to Sweet and simple bakes. I was doubtful whether I could do the challenge this month. It was a "no" till saturday. But then I did not want to miss this month too. So saturday, when I went for shopping, I wanted to get the vegeterian ...

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  • Coursedessert
  • Cooking Time1 hourPT1H0M
  • Preparation Time20 minutesPT0H20M
  • Total Time1 hour, 20 minutesPT1H20M

Ingredients

Soft butter
1 cup
Soft brown sugar
1 cup
Eggs
2
Self raising flour
1 1/2 cup
Cocoa powder
2tbsp
Raisins
1tbsp
Blanched almonds
10
Luxury Minced meat(vegeterian)
150 gm
Chocochips
1tbsp

Steps

  1. Mix the butter and sugar till it is creamy. Beat the eggs and mix it to the mixture. Then add the flour and mix well. Now mix rest of the ingredients. Mix everything together.
  2. Spray the cake pan with a non stick spray and then line with a baking paper. Now pour the batter in the cake tin. Bake in a preheated oven at 180c for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Chocolate christmas cake-SSB challenge
For the decoration
  1. I mixed equal amount(a tbsp) of butter and icing sugar and a tablespoon of cocoa powder and a pinch of coffee powder (for dark colour and flavour). I spread this over the cake. Finally I decorated with pink dots with readymade pink icing I bought from the stores.

If you would like to make the vegeterian minced meat at home, heres the recipe for it as given by Maria.

To make 2 Ib mincemeat

Chocolate christmas cake-SSB challengeOne of the best cakes I baked and one of the best I tasted,thanks to Sweet and simple bakes. I was doubtful whether I could do the challenge this month. It was a "no" till saturday. But then I did not want to miss this month too. So saturday, when I went for shopping, I wanted to get the vegeterian ...

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    Ingredients

    Mixed dried fruit
    450g (1 Ib)
    Melted butter
    100g (4oz)
    Cooking apples or apple of choice - peeled and grated (weight when prepared)
    100g (4oz)
    Soft brown sugar
    100g (4oz)
    Chopped nuts of choice
    50g -100g (2-4 oz) of
    Glace cherries
    100g (4oz)
    Chopped candied peel
    100g (4oz)
    Grated lemon rind
    1 teaspoon
    Grated orange rind
    1 teaspoon
    Lemon juice
    2 tablespoons
    Mixed spice
    1 teaspoon
    Ground cinnamon
    1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon
    Grated nutmeg
    1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon
    Brandy
    4 tablespoons

    Steps

    1. Add all the ingredients into a large bowl and soak overnight covering with a clean cloth. Mix thoroughly through together either with a large spoon or clean hands. Cover over with a clean tea towel and leave to stand for 24 hours giving the mixture a good stir as you pass by. Next day pack the mincemeat into sterilised jars, and top with greaseproof paper jam covers. Seal the jars tightly and store in a cool place.

    *Note*: if you choose not to use glace cherries make the weight up with mixed dried fruit instead. If you wish not to add alcohol use apple juice or orange juice instead. We have given a recipe here for mincemeat without suet, but should you wish to use either beef or vegetable suet in this recipe omit the melted butter.