Sunday, December 25, 2011

Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cakes

I got the idea for these little dome cakes from pinterest. Christmas pudding is very traditional for us Brits, but I have to admit that I actually don't like it, so these little chocolate puddings were perfect!

¾ cup plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
6 tbsp. valrhona cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
½ cup black coffee
½ cup buttermilk
1½ tsp. vanilla extract

In a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt, whisk to blend and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the sugar, vegetable oil and egg. Beat on medium speed until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, blend in half of the dry ingredients, beating just until incorporated. Blend in the coffee, buttermilk and vanilla just until smooth. Beat in the remaining dry ingredients, mixing just until incorporated. Fill each dome about half way and bake at 350 for 22-24 minutes.

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
3 cups icing sugar
4 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix together until smooth, pour 1 tablespoon of icing over each dome cake, allowing the icing to run down the sides of the cakes, decorate with red and green jelly candies, to look like holly.

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