Every year, for the last 10 years at least, I make my '40 something' sister a birthday cake. It's only been since my kids were born that I've done it and it's usually been a quick, throw together cake with a bit of plain icing, just for the sake of putting a candle in to blow for the amusement of the kids. This year I thought I'd do something a little more and opted for this Caramel Mudcake.
It's based on this really easy recipe by Weekend Mummy and it was just what I needed to get in the oven before I picked the kids up from school. Trouble was, I didn't read the whole recipe and it required over 2 hours cooking in a slow oven. Normally, I wouldn't have minded but I had a million things on this particular day. Crisis averted. It eventually got baked but it was a little overcooked on the ends but still nice and moist inside like a mudcake should be. Its such an easy cake to mix together and very delicious.
I wasn't sure what to top it with but I thought a caramel ganache would suit it best so found the best recipe here which consisted of white chocolate, cream and half a tin of caramel Top'N'Fill. It was easy to make and absolutely delicious and could be used for a million other uses. (Stay tuned for what I did with the other half of the tin of caramel and no, I didn't eat it from the can although I was tempted!) I drizzled the top with a 'little' melted dark chocolate to finish.
The cake was received well, the kids got to blow out the birthday candle and my sister turned another year older with a few extra calories added on for good measure.