5th December was world soil day, and so a mudcake was appropriate. It has a silty to sandy texture, dense structure but no recognizable horizons.

The recipe is from, with slight changes.


250 g butter, chopped

200 g dark chocolate, chopped

2 cups caster sugar

1 1/2 cups water

1 teaspoon instant coffee, or for extra texture: freshly grinded coffee

1 1/2 cup plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup cocoa

3 eggs lightly beaten


In large saucepan, add first 5 ingredients (butter, chocolate, sugar, water, coffee).

Melt together until sugar dissolved and butter and chocolate are melted. Allow to cool for 10 minutes

Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa into large mixing bowl

Add cooled chocolate liquid and beat gently

Add eggs and beat gently

Pour into greased cake tin and bake at 150°C for 1 3/4 hour, but test frequently

Also on offer were biscotti with alcoholic syrup by John H.

Published in: on January 23, 2013 at 18:54  Leave a Comment  

Coffee Cake

Last week saw the first all-male team step up to the hot plate, first being a fine coffee cake, complete with bean topping. This provided an excellent caffeine hit, to set everyone up for the apple pie that followed. The recipe for this delight will appear shortly.

Published in: on April 19, 2010 at 22:06  Leave a Comment