• 50 g Pascall dark chocolate
  • 80 g cocoa powder
  • 430 ml boiling water
  • 340 g plain flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 225 g castor sugar
  • 200 g old fashioned brown sugar
  • 230 g mayonnaise
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • For the frosting (icing)
  • 300 g Pascall dark chocolate, chopped (simply get 3x100g Pascall chocolate slabs)
  • 150 g butter, at room temperature
  • 150 g icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
Naked cakes have become popular over the past couple of years. It’s basically a cake that is not completely covered with icing and has a rustic kind of feeling to it. I just love the texture of this naked Pascall choc-mayo cake; so moist and rich. It indeed tastes as good as it looks! As it is with most of the recipes you find here, this cake is simple to make. Just ensure you read and re-read the recipe first and take everything you need to make it before you begin. This helps with the flow when you start baking. Let’s get to it then but first, if you are learning to bake or want to bake better check out my baking manual here.

Equipment needed

  • 3 Mixing bowls
  • Sieve
  • 2 x 9 inch baking tins
  • Wooden spoon/Electric hand-held mixer
  • Measuring scale
  • Measuring jug

Quick Instructions

  1. Get your ingredients together. These include;50 g Pascall dark chocolate
    80 g cocoa powder
    430 ml boiling water
    340 g plain flour
    ¼ tsp baking powder
    1 ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    225 g castor sugar
    200 g old fashioned brown sugar
    230 g mayonnaise
    2 large eggs
    2 tsp vanilla essenceFor the frosting (icing)

    300 g Pascall dark chocolate, chopped (simply get 3x100g Pascall chocolate slabs)
    150 g butter, at room temperature
    150 g icing sugar, sifted
    2 tsp vanilla essence

    Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Lightly grease your baking tins and again lightly dust them with flour. We’re doing this so the cake doesn’t stick to the baking tin. Set aside.

  2. Put the cocoa powder and Pascall chocolate in a bowl. Pour the boil water and stir until the chocolate has melted and there are no lumps. Set aside.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into another mixing bowl and again set aside.
  4. Put the sugar into the 3rd mixing bowl. Add the mayonnaise and beat until well combined. Add the eggs one at a time. Beating well after each addition.
  5. In alternating doses, add the flour and the melted chocolate. Take the set aside bowl with sifted flour. “Divide using a spoon or knife” it into 4 equal parts. Add the first quarter to the cake batter and mix until just incorporated.
  6. Take the melted chocolate and add a third of it to the batter. Mix also until well incorporated. Repeat process until the flour and chocolate are finished.
  7. When the batter is ready. Take set aside prepared baking tins. Pour the batter evenly into the two baking tins.
  8. Bake in preheat oven for 30-35 min or until a skewer or toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Allow to cool before attempting to decorate the cake.
  9. To prepare the icing; put some water in a sauce pan and place on stove top. Bring the water to a boil. Remove lid and keep saucepan on stove.
  10. Put the chopped Pascall dark chocolate into a heatproof bowl. Place the bowl over the open saucepan. Stir until chocolate melts.
  11. Carefully remove from over the saucepan and set aside, allowing it to cool. Stir the melted chocolate occasionally.
  12.  In a separate bowl, beat the butter using an electric hand/stand mixer or a wooden spoon until light and smooth.Add the sifted icing sugar and beat until well incorporated.
  13.  Add the vanilla essence and beat again until blended in.Finally, add the melted chocolate and beat until incorporated and no white streaks show. Your Pascall chocolate  icing is ready!

NB- It’s best to use a spatula when adding the melted chocolate to the icing as it scraps almost every last bit out easily. If you don’t have a spatula, you can still use a wooden spoon or table knife.

Give it a go and let me know how you find it.

 

Pictorial demonstration

Get your ingredients together. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Lightly grease your baking tins and again lightly dust them with flour. We’re doing this so the cake doesn’t stick to the baking tin. Set aside.

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Put the cocoa powder and chocolate in a bowl. Pour the boil water and stir until the chocolate has melted and there are no lumps. Set aside.

Sift flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into another mixing bowl and again set aside.

Put the sugar into the 3rd mixing bowl. Add the mayonnaise and beat until well combined. Add the eggs one at a time. Beating well after each addition.

In alternating doses, add the flour and the melted chocolate. Take the set aside bowl with sifted flour. “Divide using a spoon or knife” it into 4 equal parts. Add the first quarter to the cake batter and mix until just incorporated.

Take the melted chocolate and add a third of it to the batter. Mix also until well incorporated. Repeat process until the flour and chocolate are finished.

When the batter is ready it will look something like this with a few bubbles. Take set aside prepared baking tins. Pour the batter evenly into the two baking tins.

Bake in preheat oven for 30-35 min or until a skewer or toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Allow to cool before attempting to decorate the cake.

Pascall-Chocolate-Mayo-Cake




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