August 31, 2013

Pigs in Mud

One of the ladies from squash showed me a pigs in mud cake that her daughter had made for her birthday. Needing some kind of cake for the birthday of a lady at work, I decided that could be a good one to do. There’s plenty of “pigs in mud” cake pictures and recipes, but here’s my experience anyway!

Cake – Mum’s Chocolate Cake Recipe:

  • 1 cup of SR Flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter or marg
  • 1 egg

Combine until all mixed and place in a greased tin and cook at 170 -180 in oven.
I doubled that recipe and made two smaller round cakes.

Then I trimmed them up so they were flat, joined them together with a layer of cream and that was my starting point.

I used Tim Tams around the edge (took about 2 and a half packets!) stuck on with some icing. The top “mud” part was made of chocolate butter cream – here’s the recipe I used: Chocolate Buttercream Icing, although if I was to make it again I would probably halve that recipe.

I’m not so good at melting chocolate… I never have been. After it went a bit wrong, I turned to the instructions on the packet, then the internet for help as I realised my chocolate was not in good shape. This page here gave me my first clue as to what I’d done wrong: heating it can be tricky and requires your full attention. Oops. First mistake – not giving it my full attention. Second mistake – getting it wet. Third mistake – leaving it waaaay too long. Anyway, thanks to some other tips on that page, I happened to have some canola oil which I added and it almost came good. Good enough to use anyway. It tasted ok, just wasn’t your usual consistency and mixed with the rest of the buttercream, nobody even noticed!

So I whacked that on the top, carefully arranged my marshmallow created pigs and there we had it: A lovely pigs in mud chocolate cake!

Pigs In Mud Cake!

Pigs In Mud Cake!

Just swimming around...

Just swimming around…

Half eaten

Half eaten


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