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Mini Date, Chocolate & Walnut Cake

Mini Date, Chocolate & Walnut Cake

Delicious mini cakes that all your Easter guests will adore...and easier to make than you might think!

rating: medium
30 min
prep
25 min
setting
12

Ingredients

  • 125g (¾ cup) diced Copha
  • 225g (1 cup) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g (1-¼ cup) plain flour
  • 75g (2/3 cup) self-raising flour
  • 40g (¼ cup) cocoa powder
  • 225g (1¼ cup) chopped dark chocolate
  • 120g (1 cup) chopped walnuts, plus extra to garnish
  • 100g (2/3 cup) chopped dates
  • 1 cup whipped cream, for serving

Dark chocolate ganache

  • 150g dark chocolate, broken up
  •  125ml (½ cup) thickened cream

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C/330°F (fan forced 150°C/300°F). Lightly grease 2 six-cup friand pans.
  2. Melt Copha in microwave or saucepan until fully melted. Whisk together melted Copha and brown sugar, add sour cream and whisk in eggs one at a time.
  3. Sift plain flour, self-raising flour, and cocoa powder. Fold through the mix. Add chopped chocolate, walnuts and dates. Stir through.
  4. Divide batter equally into the prepared pans and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove pans from oven. 
  5. Set cakes aside in the pan for 5-10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Dark chocolate ganache

  1. In a medium sized saucepan, bring cream to the boil over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat, add chocolate and stir until combined and glossy. Set to cool. 

Assembly

  • Warm the cakes if desired.
  • Top with some ganache and walnut halves.
  • Serve with whipped cream on the side.

Cakes can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days, and ganache can be stored up to 1week.