Sunday, 17 November 2013

Mini Persimmon Chocolate Cakes - The In Thing

Persimmon Cupcakes
The nights are drawing in, it's cold, it's damp, it's dreary and it's November. To defy this and to raise much needed funds, Cancer Research UK has a new initiative for this very month of November - do The In Thing and have a great night in with the girls. There are plenty of ideas for hosting a great night in with friends, colleagues and neighbours: embarrass yourself with karaoke, watch a film, feast your way through a dinner party or just have a good old chin wag. More ideas can be found on The In Thing web pages.

Cancer is a pernicious and devastating disease and I doubt there is a single family who has not been touched by cancer in some way or other. Cancer Research UK is the  world's leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research and it is funded entirely by the public. Raising money for a worthwhile cause and having fun whilst you're can be a win-win situation. Oh and by the way, there is still time to take part.

So this was the idea I had for a girl's night in:

A games night. I love a good games night but haven't had one of those in a very long time. Time to dust off that cupboard full of games. What fun. No night in is complete without some sort of food and drink, however. Snacks and gaming are a natural combination. Olives, nibbles and some chocolate cake!

Dr Oetker Chocolate
I was sent some Dr Oetker goodies to help me on my way. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate were included along with some chocolate hearts; I was going to use them all.

Still experimenting with persimmons, I wanted to try this newly-discovered fruit in cake form. With its sweet mango-like flavour, I thought the persimmon would be best paired with milk chocolate rather than dark. I modelled the recipe on my rhubarb muffins and then took it up a notch by adding icing. For this, I envisaged a mascarpone and vanilla white chocolate ganache using the vanilla paste I recently reviewed.

These had a pleasant, fudgy, pudding-like consistency. In fact, they tasted a bit like fudge too. Put another way, they tasted grand: sweet and fruity with the aforementioned fudgy notes, which I guess came from the chocolate. And the mascarpone and white chocolate topping was equally grand, with those tell-tale flecks of fragrant vanilla which combined splendidly with the cake beneath. I was glad I'd opted for mini cakes as these might have been a bit too rich for a large cupcake, plus you can have a second one without feeling too guilty.

Chocolate Biscuit Cake
For some real indulgence, I also made a chocolate Amaretto biscuit cake which will feature soon in an upcoming post. Let's just say it's good.

I'm submitting these little cakes to Let's Party, a new blogging challenge from lovely Alida of My Little Italian Kitchen.

And as this was a bit of a Bake Fest, I'm submitting this to the challenge of the same name hosted over at Cook's Joy.



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The In Thing

Mini Chocolate Persimmon Cakes
Milk chocolate and persimmon cakes topped with a vanilla white chocolate and mascarpone topping.
Ingredients
  • 85g unsalted butter
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 100g milk chocolate (I used 35% cocoa content)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs - large (I used duck eggs)
  • 225g flour (half wholemeal, half white)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100g Greek yogurt
  • 1 soft ripe persimmon
  • 80g white chocolate
  • 150g mascarpone
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
Instructions
1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water.2. Cream the butter and sugar together until very pale in colour and fluffy in texture.3. Beat in the vanilla extract and chocolate.4. Beat in the eggs one by one.5. Sieve in the flour and stir in alternately with the yogurt.6. Cut the persimmon in half and scoop out the flesh. Stir into the cake batter.7. Divide the mixture between two 12 hole muffin tins. Bake at 180°C for 15 - 20 minutes when the cakes should be risen and a skewer inserted comes out clean. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.8. Melt the white chocolate in a bowl over hot water.9. Stir the vanilla paste into the mascarpone, then mix in the chocolate.10. Spread the topping over the cakes and decorate as wished (I used chocolate hearts).
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 24

20 comments:

  1. Finally found a recipe with persimmon. Such a beautiful fruit that pairs so well with chocolate.

    Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting Amie. This is the second recipe I've come up with. Both were good and I'm not sure which is my favourite.

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  2. games night with cupcakes... could there be anything better... I doubt it!... love those cupcakes, still not crazy about the persimmon but i'm prepared to give them a go just for you!

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    1. Dom, if you keep coming up with such wonders as prune and chocolate shortbread, I'm happy for you to forego the persimmon :D

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  3. wonderfully done desserts looks wonderful

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  4. Dear Choclette,
    I love these chocolate treats. You have been very inventive here! I grew up with Persimmons (they are so addictive!) but I have never managed to make a proper cake/dessert with them. I love what you have done here. They are perfect for entertaining!
    Thank you so much for entering your recipe in Let's Party ( I am so excited about my first challenge!) X

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    1. Thank you Alida, I'm glad these are acceptable for your first party - looking forward to it :)

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  5. Not sure I should admit this, but I've so much as sniffed a persimmon. They are officially on my bucket list :)
    Janie x

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    1. A bucket of persimmons would be good ;-)

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  6. Love persimmons! Those cupcakes are so beautiful. Love Dr. Oetker's products.

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    1. Thanks Angie. These persimmons have opened up a whole new world to me.

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  7. Chocolate Amaretto biscuit looks really delicious - chocolate, nuts & biscuit cake great combination :) Looking forward to your upcoming post :)

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    1. Thanks David. I'm a sucker for biscuit cakes, so try not to make them too often. This one was up there with the best.

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  8. I kept meaning to come back and say whilst your mini cakes look fab, yesterday I baked for the first time with persimmons' inspired by spotting this float onto my facebook page! I did an upside down cake with amaretti biscuits and was delicious! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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    1. Sorry Anne, only just spotted this. Am intrigued by your persimmon upside down cake - wow!

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  9. looks really good cannot wait to try to make them

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