We should cocoa...this months challenge hosted by Chele, at Chocolate Teapot has been going round in my head for weeks...chocolate and apples...apples and chocolate...milk chocolate...dark chocolate...white chocolate...anyway not an obvious pairing...to me anyway! What to make?
I tried one recipe a couple of weeks ago but was not too impressed with the outcome, and if I don't like a recipe I won't write about it. But, small consolation, the hens enjoyed them (white chocolate and apple muffins)...but then hens like a dry crumb obviously!
So I have sort of invented this...its just Ruth Clemens marble cake recipe adapted and added to a bit and it was quite nice...especially prettied up with more chocolate and cake glitter...well it is nearly Christmas!
200g golden caster sugar
125g self raising flour
50g plain flour
4 free range eggs
50g cocoa powder
1 eating apple
100g dark brown sugar
Melted dark chocolate to decorate (glitter optional)
1. Start by lining a loose bottom cake tin and pre heat the oven to 160c fan.
2. Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy then add the beaten eggs, with each egg add a spoonful of the mixed flours. Once the eggs are mixed in add the remainder of the flour.
3. Take half of this mix and put this in a bowl to the other half add the cocoa powder mix to combine.
3. Peel and slice the apple then put it in a bowl with the dark brown sugar, mix the two together. Place the sliced and sugar coated apples on the bottom of the lined cake tin in one layer. Then add big spoonfuls of the plain sponge and alternate with the chocolate sponge mix.
4. Level the top of the cake and make a slight hollow in the centre. Take a skewer and run this through the batter in the tin in ever decreasing circles (this will help create the marble effect).
5. Bake for an hour but test the centre with a skewer. Once the cake has cooled remove the outer edge of the tin, level off the top with a sharp knife, then turn out by inverting the cake onto a plate.
6. Drizzle with melted chocolate (about 6 squares will do and to get this bark effect just drizzle from a small spoon back and forth), sprinkle with cake glitter and cut to serve.