Thursday, 8 October 2015

Chocolate Pecan Cake with Maple Whipped Cream

chocolate pecan cake with maple whipped cream

This is a really simple to make recipe, perfect for when you are in a rush and don’t have the time, but still want to impress.

It is a moist, fudgy chocolate cake studded with chopped pecans. Pecans always make me think of the autumn and this cake is perfect as a Sunday afternoon treat, with the wind howling the crisp, orangey leaves around outside.

chocolate pecan cake with maple whipped cream

I made the cake for a family get together, my aunt and uncle from Canada were over and I baked up the cake ready to take over to my other aunt’s, who was hosting.

My aunt and uncle had kindly brought over some real maple syrup with them for me to bake with. I decided to incorporate this into whipped cream I was going to spread on top of the cake.

chocolate pecan cake with maple whipped cream

I reduced the syrup in a saucepan to intensify the flavour before letting it cool then drizzling it into the cream as it slowly whipped. The flavour it imparted was subtle yet sweet. I spread this on the one tier cake (quite a small cake, by my standards!) and scattered even more pecans on top.


Everyone loved the cake and I think you will too. It's adapted from a recipe over on Taste.Com.Au 

Here’s how I made it…



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Chocolate Pecan Cake with Maple Whipped Cream
Moist chocolate cake studded with chopped pecans and slathered with maple infused whipped cream
Ingredients
  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 110 grams self raising flour
  • 40 grams unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 100 grams pecans
  • 200 ml double cream
  • 50 ml best maple syrup
Instructions
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Line an 8" baking tin with greaseproof paper and grease the sides of the tin.2. Chop all but 12 of the pecans into small pieces.3. In a bowl beat the eggs until pale and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat until slightly thickened.4. Add the olive oil and beat this in.5. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder and carefully fold through.6. Add 70 grams of the chopped pecans and fold through. Transfer the cake batter to the baking tin.7. Bake in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the centre.8. Whilst baking, place the maple syrup in a saucepan over a low heat and reduce to half it's quantity. Allow to cool.9. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool,10. Whip the cream with an electric mixer on medium speed. As it begins to thicken slowly add the maple syrup. Stop beating when it becomes a spreadable consistency.11. Spread the cream on top of the cooled cake. Place the 12 whole pecans around the edge of the cream. Scatter the remaining chopped pecans in the centre of the cream.12. Slice a piece of cake and enjoy.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12 slices



I am entering the cake into this month's Love Cake hosted by Ness at Jibber Jabber UK. The theme is 'In A Hurry' and the cake is a fast one!


I am also entering the cake, somewhat tenuously into this month's Alphabakes, hosted alternately by Ros at 'The More Than Occasional Baker' and this month Caroline at 'Caroline Makes'. The letter this month is W and Whipped Cream is definitely there on that cake!

35 comments:

  1. Mmmmm.. this looks and sounds great!

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    1. Thanks Hazel - it was as good as it looks!

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  2. Fanny has a cake that looks like that, kind of, she made it into a clock face... Looks lovely, always great when visitors bring foodie pressies!

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    1. Hope to see the Fanny version at some point.

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  3. I love the pecan decoration and addition of whipped cream, this cake sounds delicious!

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  4. I love the decoration, the flavours and the presentation. Looks lush x

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    1. Thanks Charlene, quite simple, but effective!

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  5. Ooooh the maple whipped cream sounds absolutely divine! Love the decoration too.

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    1. Thanks Becca, the maple in the cream makes such a difference.

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  6. Having not long returned from Canada I'm ALL about maple and pecan right now. This looks gorgeous!

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  7. I love a good whipped cream frosting. It's so easy, but still does the job. Dare I say sometimes better then a buttercream? I hope I don't upset too many people by saying that! ;0) Cake looks great!

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    1. Not at all, sometimes easier is better!!

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  8. Oh my Stuart, I want a slice of this delectable cake right now please, just gorgeous;-)

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  9. Lovely cake. You're right that pecans seem right for the colder months - for some reason I only seem to buy them in the winter. Although I could definitely enjoy some of that maple syrup any time of the year.

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    1. Pecans and summer just don't seem to 'go' do they? Maple at anytime is my motto Phil!

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  10. so perfect!.. I always associate these dark chocolatey,maple flavours with autumns and winter... it looks so pretty but is just the right side of rich! Divine!

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  11. Yes please to maple whipped cream. I love it.

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    1. It is so good Bintu - adds a depth of flavour!

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  12. That maple cream sounds amazing! Loving this cake!!!

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  13. I am drooling at this cake it looks so rustic and simply delectable.

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    1. It does have a certain rustic quality Nayna doesn't it? Thanks x

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  14. Lovely looking cake - I can never resist pecans!

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  15. Make and pecans are just one of the best flavour combinations there is, especially when you add in a rich and lovely chocolate cake. A winner in all ways!

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    1. Thanks Laura - the addition of pecans to the cake works wonders.

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  16. Oh no my comment disappeared! Just wanted to say that the cake looks amazing Stuart and I adore pecans in cakes and bakes! Karen

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  17. I know my husband in particular would love this because his favourite breakfast pastry is a maple syrup and pecan plait! I just love all the ingredients all together in a cake!

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  18. Stuart this cake looks absolutely amazing! Yum!

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    1. I can't see where to post a comment, the box isn't displaying other than to reply to someone else's! Just wanted to say thanks for sharing this with Alphabakes Stuart - it's a lovely autumnal recipe.

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  19. I love maple and pecan! A great flavour combination and I'm sure everyone enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing with AlphaBakes

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