Friday, 15 March 2013

Pigs In Mud Cake - Mississippi Mud Pie with KitKats


Pigs In Mud - Mississippi Mud Pie with Chocolate Ganache and Kit-Kats


Lucy of The KitchenMaid challenged us to make a chocolate cake connected with the idea of ‘fame’ for this month’s We Should Cocoa. Some people have baked the recipe they are most known (or famous) for; others have looked at recipes by celebrity chefs or famous people. My first thought was a section in one of Nigella’s cookery books called the ‘chocolate cake hall of fame’ but while I was thinking about what to make, I kept seeing the same cake pop up on Facebook and couldn’t get it out of my head…. I’m not entirely sure where it startedapparently a Dutch company or website called Taartjes but I can’t find a direct link -  but there seemed to be a snowball effect of people sharing this photo, and almost every day it popped up on someone’s news feed. And that got me thinking, the cake had very quickly become famous. I wanted to have a go at making it so decided to make it for the bake sale at work we were holding to raise money for Comic Relief.

The cake looked pretty simple to assemble in principle - but I didn't think mine would look as good! I decided to go with the theme of pigs in mud for the cake itself and found a recipe for Mississippi Mud Cake from United Cakes of America.

I adapted the quantities slightly and ended up doubling this to make two cakes.

You need:
For one cake: (I doubled this)
1.5 cups flour
0.75 cup cocoa powder
2 tbsp double cream
200g melted dark chocolate
250g butter, softened
225g caster sugar
2 eggs

For the buttercream:
About 100g softened butter or marg
enough icing sugar and cocoa powder to make a stiff chocolate buttercream

For the chocolate ganache:
250ml double cream
200g dark chocolate

To decorate:
About 20 kitkats (i.e. 40 fingers) depending on the size of your cake. I bought three big multipacks and had a few left over.

Weigh out the butter and the sugar and cream together


Add the eggs and mix

Add the flour and mix again


And the cocoa powder... you get the drill.


Melt the chocolate - I did this in the microwave, then mix in to the cake mixture




Spoon into a cake tin and level off


 Bake at 180C for about 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. I decided one of these cakes wasn't anywhere near deep enough so I did the whole recipe again and made another.


I made some chocolate buttercream and spread half of it onto the cake


I spread the rest around the sides of the cake as you need something for the Kit Kats to stick to.



The Kit Kats fit perfectly around the side of the cake and worked almost better than I had hoped. Unfortunately one of the three packs I had bought was cookies and cream flavour - they were dark chocolate on the outside, so they are the same colour as the others, but on the inside they are white chocolate. Still, you won't be able to see the white parts when the cake is finished.


To make the ganache, bring the cream to the boil in a pan and add the broken up chocolate. Stir until the chocolate melts and the mixture thickens.


You then have a thick chocolate ganache. Leave to cool.


I spread the ganache on top of the cake - this is the mud that the pigs are wallowing in!



Next make the pigs - it really isn't as hard as it looks. I have learnt how to make cows and sheep at evening classes before so just applied the same principles. I coloured some roll-out fondant with pink food colouring (I always use gel rather than liquid colours, they are easier to work with and you get a better colour).



I wish I could take credit for this but I copied the design I had seen on the internet exactly. First I made a pig who will look like he is floating in a mud bath, so you can only see parts of his body. I used a modelling tool to make the indents on the hooves and nose and eyes and another rounded tool to shape the ears.



This is the top half of a pig who will be sitting upright in the mud


And finally the rear end of a pig who is diving in!



While the chocolate ganache was still soft I placed my pigs in their mud bath. Don't they look cute?


As a final touch I tied a pink ribbon around the sides and tied it in a bow.


I am really very pleased with this cake, it took a while but the actual decoration wasn't too complex and it definitely has the wow factor. I hope it goes down well at the Comic Relief bake sale!


I'm sending this to We Should Cocoa, the blog challenge started by Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog and Chele from Chocolate Teapot. This month the challenge, chosen by Lucy of The KitchenMaid, was fame - and as I said earlier, this is a famous cake that is all over the internet at the moment!


I am also sending this to Bookmarked Recipes, hosted by Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes, as when I saw this cake I bookmarked it immediately, even though I found my own recipe. Well done to whoever originally came up with the idea for this cake!


16 comments:

  1. wow! you are so clever! when i made a kit kat cake the kit kats kept falling off. this is brilliant.

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    1. I was quite pleased with it :-) Some of the Kitkats did fall off on the way to work but I stuck them back on - I put buttercream round the side of the cake, did you do that?

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  2. Wow! This is really great - looks so cute. :)

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  3. aww how cute do those piggy's look caroline. that looks really delicious...that ganache!

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  4. Your little piggies are adorable! How cute!

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  5. I do love your cute little pink piggies! They're very sweet and the chocolate cake looks lovely too.

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  6. Caroline, I just love your little pigs in mud, they look like they are having such a joyous time of it. You are so creative with your bakes. I'm obviously well out of it as I have no idea what cake you are talking about, but this is such a great entry to We Should Cocoa - thank you.

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  7. Such a cute cake - I've seen the kit kat cake but never seen the piggies and yours are adorable - and mud cake with more chocolate sounds like my sort of thing - yum! (and hope you are enjoying lapland)

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  8. This is so cute...it's making me want to eat a kit kat even though I haven't eaten chocolate for the last six years!!! :-@

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  9. This is SO awesome, I love it! Thanks for entering this month, if there was a prize for the cutest entry you would SO win it!
    Lucy

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  10. My sister made this cake and it turned out really good it looks excatly like the picture

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  11. This is the beast cake ever Caroline. I think I am going to have a bash at it for my next cake club, if I am brave enough. Of course that could be the kiss of death. Cakes always seem to go wrong for cake club!

    ps the Bookmarked Recipes rounsup is live. Thanks for adding this :)

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  12. I love this cake and I'd like to make it for my school's dessert auction. Just one thing, what size baking pans did you use? Thanks!

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    1. I think it was an 8 inch pan, 9 inch would work fine too as the cake would just be a little less high... and you do want the kitkats to stick up over the top a bit!

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