Mocha Cake Traybake

This recipe is great when having to make dessert for quite a few people, it’s creamy, rich, the best comfort food to end a nice meal with friends or family. I have never been too fond of Tiramisú, I know being italian and not liking Tiramisú I am the living shame of my home country. I always liked the mascarpone cream that was in it (the one that my mum still makes and that I used for this recipe), so I baked a rich, chocolatey cake with coffee, soaked it with coffee and milk, then layered it with that same cream I loved so much!

FOR THE CAKE BATTER:

• 230g White flour

• 50g cocoa powder

• 100g melted chocolate (dark or milk up to you)

• 100g caster sugar

• 80g melted butter

• 1 pinch of salt

• 1/2 tsp baking powder

• 200g milk

• 1 or 2 teaspoons of instant coffee depending on how strong you want the flavour

FOR THE MASCARPONE CREAM:

• 250g mascarpone cheese

• 2 eggs ( yolks divides from whites)

• 2 tbsp sugar

• 150ml double cream

• Vanilla extract

Now the cake is a one-bowl kind of mix, so very clean and easy to execute. Start with putting together the dry ingredients, melt butter, melt the instant coffee in some warm milk (or just pour a shot of espresso in your milk if you have a good coffee machine!). Then add the liquids (eggs, milk, butter, melted chocolate) into the dry mix and mix until you have a tick but silky batter. Depending on the strength of your oven bake 180C for 30mins, low fan. Once baked leave it to cool down completely before layering.

The mascarpone cream is our last job while we wait for the chocolate cake to cool. Put yolks and half the sugar in a bowl, whip them up until fluffy and pale yellow, add the mascarpone and continue whisking until all the lumps are gone. In a separate bowl whip the egg whites till stiff (flip the bowl to check), now the trick is to fold the whites in a delicate way, so that the mix gets light, if you mix the whites too strongly it will be as if you didn’t put them at all. Now in many families, this is the last step. But we add some whipped cream, soft peak. I don’t have to tell you WHY we add it, whipped cream is delicious and makes everything fatter and better!

Once you soaked the cake with coffee and milk, layer it up! Decorate with cocoa powder or chocolate shavings on top. Let it sit in the fridge for an hour before eating.

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