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Mushroom Cake

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Ingredients
  Unsweetened chocolate squares 3 Ounce (3 Squares)
  Milk 2 Tablespoon
  Self raising flour 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
  Salt 1 Pinch
  Butter/Margarine 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Superfine sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Eggs 2
  Almond paste 1 Tablespoon
  Ground almonds 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Confectioners sugar 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), sifted
  Superfine sugar 2 Tablespoon
  Lemon juice 1 Tablespoon, squeeze of
  Egg yolk 1
  Apricot jam 1 Tablespoon, warmed, sieved
For cream topping
  Butter/Margarine 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Confectioners sugar 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs), sifted
  Semi-sweet chocolate square 1 Ounce, melted in milk (1 Square)
  Hot milk 2 Teaspoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Get the oven ready at 375°F, Gas Mark 5.

MAKING
2) Melt the chocolate into the milk gently and then, cool.
3) Sift together the salt and flour.
4) Cream the margarine or butter with the sugar until it results in a fluffy and light mixture.
5) Next, beat the eggs into it one at a time adding a spoon of flour each.
6) Blend in the chocolate milk mixture adding another spoon of flour.
7) Now, fold the mixture into the remaining flour gently.
8) Take 8 inch (20 cm.) deep cake tin, grease and line it.
9) Spoon the batter on it.
10) Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until it has well risen and become firm.
11) Allow it to cool on a wire cake rack.
12) Make the almond paste by mixing together the sugars, almonds, egg yolk and lemon juice.
13) Turn the mixture on to a sugared surface and knead it.
14) Roll out the dough into a 10 inch (25 cm) circle.
15) Brush jam on its surface and keep the cake in the middle.
16) Now, press the almond paste against the cake’s sides and trim the excess.
17) Form a stalk by rolling the trimmings.
18) Make the cream topping by creaming the margarine or butter and sugar and then, beating in the melted chocolate gradually.
19) After the cream is beaten well, chill it to make it firm.
20) Either spread or pipe it on top of the cake.
21) Using a fork, mark into groves to resemble a mushroom.
22) Place the stalk in the centre of the cake.

SERVING
23) Serve with cream of mushroom soup.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cake
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Chocolate
Interest: 
Everyday
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
55 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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