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Cover Recipes – Fudgy Chocolate and Orange Gateau from BBC Good Food October 2013 issue

28 Dec

Cover Recipes - Fudgy Chocolate and Orange Gateau from BBC Good Food October 2013 issue

It took me a little while to get round to making this cake, as it is so huge, and I was not sure that it was going to work as well with reduced quantities. As it was, it was tricky finding the right tins for cooking, and I did not want to buy new ones especially for this cake. You need swiss roll tins and round tins for completing it.

In the end I decided to make it for an after-show party. Well, the cake was a huge effort to make and took a long time, as well as taking up lots of space in my tiny kitchen! I think it would be worth it for a special birthday if you have the time and space to do it. Also, I think that altogether it would cut into about 20 pieces and it is very rich.

The cake looked impressive, despite not being exactly the same as the one in the picture! This was just because of the intricacies involved in cutting it up and rolling it up with the icing. Lots of people had a piece and enjoyed it; as I say it is a rich cake so I would not recommend it for young children. I actually changed my mind about when to serve it, so I put it in the freezer for a few weeks then thawed it slowly in the fridge. This was a good idea, as it froze well and the process helped to firm it up and make it easier to cut.

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