Friday, 21 December 2012

Christmas Pudding Cake

I recently saw some cute hemisphere-shaped cake tins in Lakeland and was ordering some other things so couldn't resist buying one. I immediately had two ideas for things to bake with it, one of which was a Christmas pudding cake - that is, a cake decorated to look like a Christmas pudding!

I wanted to make a chocolate cake, as I don't really like Christmas cake or Christmas pudding, and as there is a blogging challenge featuring the recipes of Nigella Lawson - and it's been a while since I've done anything of Nigella's - I thought I would see if I could find a chocolate cake recipe of hers. Which obviously wasn't that hard! I decided to use this recipe for her 'old fashioned chocolate cake'.

You need:
200g plain flour
200g caster sugar
1 tsp bicarb of soda
40g cocoa powder
175g butter
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
150ml sour cream

I don't seem to be very good at making sure I have the right ingredients lately.. I realised as I started to bake that I had forgotten to buy any sour cream. Maybe I should have named this blog the Forgetful Baker.... I substituted Greek yogurt, which also means this recipe is lower in fat, and it seemed to work fine!
I creamed the butter and the sugar then added the eggs
Then I added the flour and bicarb of soda
Next I added the cocoa powder and vanilla
And finally the Greek yogurt.
I was surprised the cake tin actually stayed upright...
I sprayed the tin with plenty of Cake Release and it came out as a perfect hemisphere:

As I wasn't going to frost the outside of the cake I wanted to put something inside. I've got a cupcake plunger that is designed to remove the core of a cupcake to allow you to fill it, but it's actually quite big and a little too big for some cupcakes - but I thought it would work perfectly for this.
I used it to remove a core from the middle of the cake...
.... which I then filled with Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Frosting. I'd been baking for hours and didn't have the energy to whip up something else!
Then I replaced the section of cake I had taken out, so the filling will be a surprise when we cut into the cake!
It was quite easy to make it look like a Christmas pudding. I rolled out some white fondant and cut a wavy line around the edge, then placed it over the top of the cake.
I then cut out some pieces of green fondant using a holly leaf cookie cutter I bought at Cake International in November- I knew it would come in handy!
Finally I just rolled some little balls out of red fondant and placed them on the top.
Simple but effective! I'm taking this to my parents' house when my boyfriend and I visit them this weekend (as I am spending Christmas with his family for the first time!) and I can't wait until my mum cuts into it and the chocolate fudge filling oozes out!
I am sending this to Calendar Cakes, hosted by Rachel of Dolly Bakes and Laura of Laura Loves Cakes, as their theme this month is Christmas.
I am also sending this to Forever Nigella, also hosted by Laura of Laura Loves Cakes, as the theme is any Nigella Christmas recipe. This chocolate cake of hers isn't specifically a Christmas recipe but I hope Laura will decide it counts as I've put a very festive spin on it! This particular challenge was created by Maison Cupcake and I think this is the first time I have entered!
I am also sending this to Tea Time Treats, hosted by Karen of Lavender and Lovage and Kate of What Kate Baked, as their theme this month is chocolate.


  1. looks good. who gets to eat it,do we???

    1. Yes! Though this has spoiled the surprise slightly...

  2. That looks great and a fantastic idea to make a chocolate cake look like an xmas pudding. I've been eyeing up those tins recently and I have a money off voucher that is valid in January, think I might have to get one.

  3. Jen I made this but in a Pyrex bowl and it turned out brilliantly try that before you buy one and you can save your voucher for something else if you think it's ok

    1. I never thought of baking a cake in a pyrex bowl, I needn't have bought this cake tin! Oh well...

    2. Having said that my pyrex bowl has a flat bottom which wouldn't have mattered for this cake as I'd have covered it with the white fondant, but I do need a perfectly round bowl for the other cake I have in mind.

  4. oh it looks properly festive and very traditional... and we've both been busy with our icing haven't we? Love it's secret filling too... fabulous!

  5. Oooo looks hemisphere moulds! I bet the taste testers will get a pleasant surprise when they reach the chocolate core! Thanks for entering it into Calendar Cakes :-)

  6. That looks great - I love the idea of coring it and adding a surprise filling to the middle. Very festive. I'm very tempted to get one of those hemisphere moulds but I'm resisting at the moment!

  7. I've been meaning to get one of these tins and Christmas pudding shaped cake was what they immediately made me think of! Brilliant idea to have a filling inside too. Thanks for taking part in Forever Nigella - new challenge is now open at !

  8. What size hemisphere tin did you use please?

    1. I think Lakeland do this tin in small, medium and large and this is the medium one. Hope that helps!

    2. Thank you. I borrowed some from my friend and I've been eyeing the tins up for a while. Might have to wait til my birthday to get them but my little ones birthday is coming up so need to practise, fingers crossed.


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