September 30, 2012

39/52 Apple-Chocolate-Cake

I didn't tell you but we were off to Croatia last week. My husband's birthday was celebrated loudly with the Croatian part of his family and a Cappuccino layer cake was baked for him by one of his cousins.

Coming back home and facing the first day of work again, I had to bake something that the hubby could take to work for a belated birthday celebration there.

We had apples, chocolate, and the basic cake ingredients at home. So what would have made more sense than trying a recipe that combines everything I had at hand?

Adapted from Chefkoch

3 apples 
2 tablespoons lemon juice 
1 tablespoon honey 
190 g (6.7 oz) butter, soft 
150 g (3/4 cup) sugar 
3 eggs 
120 g (4.2 oz) dark chocolate 
250 g (2 cups) flour 
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 
200 ml (7/8 cup) heavy cream 
powdered sugar for dusting 
  • Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F). 
  • Peel apples, remove core, and cut into slices. Mix lemon juice, honey, and a bit of water and marinate apples while preparing the cake batter.
  • Beat together butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. 
  • Melt chocolate over hot water (or in microwave) and add to butter mix. 
  • Combine flour and baking powder and mix into batter, alternating with heavy cream. 
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and arrange apple slices on top, pushing them a little into the batter. 
  • Bake for 45 minutes, covering with baking parchment after 30 minutes. 
My modifications: 
I used only 3 instead of 4 apples. 
And less butter (190 g instead of 250 g), more chocolate (120 g instead of 100 g), and more cream (200 ml instead of 150 ml). 
And I baked it for only 45 minutes instead of 60 minutes. 

The taste: 
I don't know! 
My hubby took the whole cake to work and didn't bring back a single crumb... I guess that's a good sign though. He said that everybody liked it but he thought it was a bit on the dry side. It just seems to be my luck with chocolate cake lately.

Is there anything you baked but didn't even eat/try for yourself?

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