Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Chocolate Irish Potato Cake
Who would think that potatoes and chocolate would go so well together?! Mashed potatoes without the butter, milk, salt and pepper is actually what is used in this yummy cake.
First, melt together
4 oz. high quality unsweetened chocolate
1 cup sweet butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract. Let cool.
Next, boil 3 medium sized potatoes in water with a dash of salt in the water. When the potatoes are soft, drain, mash or use a ricer until there is 1 cup of mashed potatoes. Let the potatoes cool completely. They cool best if spread out on a plate.
While the potatoes are cooling, beat together the melted chocolate mixture with
2 cups sugar.
Add 4 eggs one at a time and beat well.
In a separate cup, measure 1 cup of milk and 1 T. lemon juice and let it sit.
While the potatoes are cooling, the mixer is beating and the milk and juice are sitting, sift together the following ingredients:
2 C. flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Test the potatoes to make sure they are cool and finely mashed. Add to the chocolate-egg mixture. Next add the sifted dry ingredients. Finely add the milk with lemon juice. (You could also use buttermilk instead of the milk/lemon juice if you prefer).
Beat all ingredients well then pour batter into buttered and floured bundt pan or bread pans or a 9 x 13 pan. I used one 6" bundt pan and three medium bread loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Over baking will dry the cake.
Next, make the chocolate icing by melting
3 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 Cup butter
Beat in 2 cups of powdered sugar
It will be very thick.
Add a splash of left over black coffee from the morning brew
Beat again. Splash a little more coffee to thin.
Once it is nearly pourable, thin with milk.
The chocolate icing should be thick, glossy, but pourable.
Glaze the top of the cake and let it slide down the sides.
Enjoy with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream and always with family and friends!
Who would have thought chocolate and potatoes could taste so good? ~