Sunday, February 28, 2016

Anna Sultana’s Mocha Cake and Mocha Fudge Frosting

I’m watching Julie & Julia on television.
It just started.
Julie has had a rough day at work.
She’s home and is making a chocolate cream pie.
That chocolate pie lead to her blogging, sort of.
Ah…  chocolate…

Chocolate has had its place in my writing career, too, sort of.
When Sophie and I wanted to start our radio show in 2007 we had to come up with a name.
It was supposed to be short, catchy, something to tell the listeners who we were.
We went home and wrote lists of what we thought were perfectly good titles.

Robin Eriksson, the Program Director at CKUW, wasn’t impressed by our ideas.
She suggested we name our show Better Than Chocolate.
Since we were totally out of ideas - and we knew she had final say on the show’s name - we agreed to accept her suggestion.

Now we’re talking two senior citizens.
I was 57 and Sophie was 75 years old.
Neither of us had heard of, let alone seen, the movie Better Than Chocolate.
It was a 1999 Canadian romantic comedy movie shot in Vancouver and directed by Anne Wheeler. 
Just so you know, it is one of Canada's highest grossing films of all time, really, according to the Cannes Film Festival Website.
Yeah, well, there were Canadian beavers in it, all right, but just not the type of beavers two old ladies would go to the movies to see.
Wonder how many of our listeners were equally surprised when they tuned in to us.

In 2009 that radio show became my blog Winnipeg is Better Than Chocolate.
Which I started after seeing the movie Julie & Julia.
The circle of life... Julia... Julie... me.


Oh, well…  Back to chocolate…
Chocolate’s health benefits have been in the news lately.
Last year the Huffington Post had an article about that, too:

So, yes, there's proof, chocolate is good for you.
But a square of chocolate doesn’t quite seem like enough for a dinner dessert.
Especially if it’s been a Sunday dinner type of dinner.
That does seem to call for Julie’s chocolate cream pie.
Or Ma’s Mocha Cake with Mocha Fudge Frosting.


Hints:

If you are using all purpose flour in this recipe remove two tablespoons from each cup of all purpose flour.

If you are using cake & pastry flour in a recipe that calls for all purpose flour add two tablespoons to each cup of cake and pastry flour.


The frosting instructions are for the sheet cake.
If you are making two layers:
Cut 2-inch-wide strips of wax paper.
Place the cake upside down on a serving plate.
Arrange the wax paper under the cake to protect the plate.
Spread the frosting over the cake with a spatula.
Smooth the frosting over the top and sides.
Place the second layer on top and cover with frosting.
Let the cake set at least an hour before serving.


                        Mocha Cake

Place the rack in the centre of the oven.
grease a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan or 2 8 inch round pans
      
Preheat oven to 350º           

Sift together into a large mixer bowl
2 Cups cake & pastry flour
2 Cups sugar
3/4 Cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Add
2 large eggs
1/2 Cup oil
1 Cup strong black coffee
1 Cup buttermilk
Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.
The batter will be thin.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan or pans.
Smooth the surface with a spatula.
Bake until the cake is done, 35-45 minutes (30-35 minutes for round pans).
A toothpick should come out clean.
Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
Invert the cake onto the rack and let it cool completely.


                        Mocha Fudge Frosting

Chop
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate

Place in a medium saucepan
1/2 Cup heavy cream
1/4 Cup butter
2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
Heat until simmering.
Remove the pan from the heat and add
chopped bittersweet chocolate
Stir until smooth.
Chill, stirring occasionally, until the frosting is thick enough to spread.

Cut 2-inch-wide strips of wax paper.
Place the cake upside down on a serving platter or board.
Arrange the wax paper under the cake to protect the platter.
Spread the frosting over the cake with a spatula.
Smooth the frosting over the top and sides.

Let the cake set at least an hour before serving.

2 comments:

  1. Lol, you tell some amazing stories, Margaret. Your own radio show to boot!!!

    There isn't one thing I would enjoy more right at this moment than a piece of Mocha Cake with Mocha Fudge Frosting, nothing!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Margaret...

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  2. Hi, Louise!
    Ah, yes, the radio years...
    Sophie and I had had 8 years experience on another CKUW radio show geared to seniors, '2000 and Counting - Older and Wiser'. The UW stands for the University of Winnipeg. The station was described as 'Campus and Community Access Radio'. Translation: we didn't get paid.
    Oh, the stories I could tell about some of the 'behind the mic' moments...
    Enjoy the Mocha Cake :-)

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