Serves a Crowd

Crushed mint chocolate tray cake

January 28, 2010
Author Notes

I can't remember the last time I made a full-sized (high) cake...or creamed ingredients to create a cream cake. Last February, in Rome, I discovered a yogurt cake which has now become the house-staple, especially since it takes NO time to whip up, ends up super light and reduces the amount of cake we make :-). In the Autumn of 2009, I wanted to make a quick apple cake for hubby and I and ended up baking it in a shallow tart tin - I haven't looked back since. This version is made with crushed sweet mints and chocolate - heaven on earth! —Kitchen Butterfly

  • Serves a whole tribe. also make a dozen cupcakes
Ingredients
  • Crushed Mint Chocolate Cake
  • 120g White flour, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons Almond meal (plus extra to flour tin)
  • 110g granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hersheys)
  • 60 milliliters vegetable oil (about 1/4 cup)
  • 75 milliliters plain/vanilla yogurt (about 1/3 cup)
  • 50 g plain/milk choclate, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate liqueur (if the kids are not having any :-)
  • 50g sweet, soft, white mints, crushed
  • Creme Fraiche inverted ganache
  • 75g plain/dark chocolate, melted
  • 2 tablespoons Creme Fraiche (Sour cream can be substituted)
  • 2 tablespoons icing/confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees centigrade. While the oven is preheating, butter a brownie tin (28 X 18cm) and then sprinkle one tablespoon of almond meal round the pan so it coats the base and sides. This will help the cake slip out of the pan easier.
  2. In a bowl, combine flour, almond meal, sugar, salt, baking powder and cocoa powder. Whisk well to combine.
  3. In another bowl, combine oil, yogurt, eggs, melted chocolate, liqueur (if using) and vanilla extract. Whisk well to combine.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour the yogurt-oil mixture into this centre. Combine with a whisk.
  5. Sprinkle crushed mints all over the cake batter and fold in, using a spatula.
  6. Pour into tray and bake in the middle of your preheated oven. You can check it/open the oven door after 18 - 20 minutes. Don't let bake loner than 20 - 22 minutes, or the cake will end up hard with super crusty edges...which you don't want!
  7. Remove from oven and let cook in tin for 5 - 10 minutes (on a wire rack). Then, run a spatula round the edge of the tin/cake to loosen. Place a plate over the top and tip out gently. Let cool before frosting (about 15 minutes).
  8. To make the inverted ganache, combine melted chocolate, Creme Fraiche or Sour cream, icing/confectioner's sugar and vanilla extract. Stir well to combine and then using a spatula, spread over the top of the cake. You could also garnish it with raspberries and mint. Enjoy with coffee...or hot chocolate
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For the first 9 years of my life I hated food and really loved sugar till Wimpy (British Fast Food chain) changed my life! These days, all grown up, I've junked junk food and spend my days and nights on a quest - to find and share the sweet, sweet nectar that's food in The #NewNigerianKitchen! Dreaming, cooking, eating and writing...about and adoring a strong food community that's big and bold enough to embrace the world's diverse cuisines - I'm passionate about celebrating Nigerian cuisine in its entirety. Why do I love food so? It is forgiving. Make a recipe. Have it go bad....but wake up tomorrow and you can have another go at succeeding! Only with food!