The Cookbook Challenge: Week 1 Recipe – Lemon white chocolate mud cake with coconut white chocolate ganache

by April@MyFoodTrail on November 22, 2009

in Baking, Cakes, Cookbook Challenge 2010, Icing | Frosting, Recipes

Theme: Citrus
Cookbook: The Australian Women’s Weekly Bake

Week 1 of the Cookbook Challenge is almost at an end and hopefully all participants got their recipes completed! It is still not too late for new people to join. You can find more details here.

The theme for Week 1 was citrus. I think it actually made a great starting theme as you could have chosen to make a sweet or savoury recipe. The hard part for me was choosing just one recipe to make out of the many citrus recipes in all my cookbooks!

I haven’t baked anything in a while so I was flipping through my cookbooks for a sweet recipe. I wish I had more time so I could have made more than one recipe, but I decided on the lemon mud cake.

I was a bit hesitant making this mud cake due to the amount of butter, sugar and white chocolate it called for! I feel like I put on 5kgs just reading the recipe but I figured it was bound to taste fantastic! It was actually meant to be a lemon and lime cake, but I could only find bags of limes when I only wanted one or two, so I left it out. I also omitted rind from the ganache.

Lemon white chocolate mud cake with coconut white chocolate ganache

250g butter, chopped
2 (heaped) tsp finely grated lemon rind
180g white eating chocolate, chopped coarsely
1 ½ cups (330g) caster sugar
¾ cup (180ml) milk
1 ½ cups (225g) plain flour, sifted
½ cup (75g) self raising flour, sifted
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 170C (150C fan forced). Grease and line a 20cm round cake pan.

2. Stir butter, lemon rind, chocolate, sugar and milk in a medium saucepan over low heat until smooth. Transfer mixture to large bowl and allow to cool for 15 minutes.

Melted mixture waiting to cool

3. Stir in sifted flours and eggs into mixture. Pour into pan. I lightly beat the eggs together before adding to mixture.

Mixture after adding flour & eggs. Looks similar to above!

4. Bake cake for about 1 hour and 40 minutes (100 minutes). Mine took 1.5 hours.

Cake out of the oven

5. Cool cake in pan and once cooled, spread over coconut ganache (see below).

Coconut white chocolate ganache
140ml coconut cream (canned)
360g white eating chocolate, chopped finely
1 tsp finely grated lemon rind (I left this out)

1. Bring coconut cream to the boil in a small saucepan.

Finely chopped white chocolate

2. Place chocolate (and rinds if using) in a medium bowl. Add hot cream and stir until smooth. I found the hot cream wasn’t enough to melt the chocolate completely, so I put my bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stirred until the ganache was smooth.

Coconut ganache – it looks a bit yellow, but it becomes more white after it has set

3. Cover, refrigerate, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes or until ganache is spreadable.

I turned my cake upside down to make it easier to spread the ganache. Keep cake stored in the fridge and if you like, let it come to room temperature before serving.

Results: The centre of the mud cake sort of “popped” out during cooking and I have no idea why! It didn’t affect the taste at all though. The mud cake was really yummy and quite light, perhaps a trick the lemon flavour plays on your mind! I struggled to eat more than a piece though, due to its richness. My favourite part was the crunchy crust on the top of the cake, which then became the bottom of mine as I turned it over. The coconut ganache had a very slight taste of coconut – it was more white chocolate.

Would I make it again? Yes, it is a great tasting mud cake and the lemon flavour is a nice difference.

Just a reminder that Week 2 starts next week with the theme of “Indian”.

Over & Out, Rilsta xx

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Iron Chef Shellie November 22, 2009 at 5:28 pm

I was drooling when I read the title. Sounds and looks delicious!

I'm enjoying the cookbook challenge so far. I'm about worried about hor d'oeuvres!!!


Divina Pe November 22, 2009 at 5:40 pm

That cake looks great. Great combination with the citrus and white chocolate.


Agnes November 22, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Oh, it's beautiful. Your ganache is so smooth and shiny!

Citrus was a great starting theme. I'm having troubles with Indian – I have Indian cookbooks, but I have cooked from them before and I want to use my other books!

I will have to keep searching, I'm sure I'll find something 🙂


Betty @ The Hungry Girl November 22, 2009 at 6:54 pm

I love the top (or bottom) part of cakes aswell. I like the crunch 🙂 This sounds delicious!


Vee - A Melbourne Munchkin. November 22, 2009 at 7:42 pm

I loveee the crust of the cake. As a spoilt young child I would only eat muffin tops and get my dad to finish the rest! Oh and I know my muffins 'pop out' like that when the oven is too hot – they come out looking kinda volcano-ish but still taste awesome – could that be the reason??

Lemon and coconut together is so fantastic, I've actually been looking for a cake recipe with this particular combination so thanks! Quick question – was the lemon taste sour enough? I like my lemon cakes with LOTS of punch so if it's only mildly sour I might have to tweak the recipe…


Conor @ HoldtheBeef November 22, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Mmmmmm crunchy cake crust. I may well have cut the top off under the guise of levelling it, and then eaten the top all by myself 😀


ilcucchiaiodoro November 23, 2009 at 2:46 am

Complimenti da Italy


Rilsta November 23, 2009 at 10:08 am

Hi Shellie: I'm enjoying the challenge too! Hor d'oeuvres shouldn't be too bad… just make bite sized pieces of something! 😛

Hi Divina: Thanks!

Hi Agnes: Hehe thanks! I bought a new offset icing spreader which I think is a big difference from using a butter knife to put icing on a cake! I'm struggling with the Indian too :S

Hi Betty: Thanks! Yes, the crunchy bits are the best! 🙂

Hi Vee: Another crunch lover! Yum, I would love to only eat muffin tops too! I actually saw a pan in Woolworths called a "muffin top pan" so you only have the yummy muffin top!! The cake was more sweet than sour but you could definitely taste the lemon. You might have to tweak it by adding some extra lemon juice or rind to get that tart taste. Will send you an email too just in case you don't read this!

Hi Conor: Haha, I was so tempted to do that myself – the crunchy crust was sooooo good!

Hi ilcucchiaiodoro: Thanks (or grazia!)!


Maree November 23, 2009 at 12:08 pm

This looks delicious! Citrus was a brilliant theme to start off with!


Ellie November 23, 2009 at 2:11 pm

I can stop staring at the glaze…. Love the citrus theme. So summary and yummy. Lovely cake.


Karine November 23, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Your dessert sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂


Ange November 23, 2009 at 6:55 pm

looks amazing & yes I can imagine how rich it would have been, scary stuff


SomethingByKate November 23, 2009 at 7:21 pm

That looks fabulous – I may have to make this too. Which book is it from?

Shellie, I'm with you, I think the hor d'oerves will be hard too. Especially since you can't just look it up in The Cooks Companion!


SomethingByKate November 23, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Oops, should have read the heading – Bake – I have Cook, maybe Bake should go on the Christmas list?


Kat (Spatula, Spoon and Saturday) November 23, 2009 at 8:21 pm

now i feel like i have missed out… please think of me next time you do a yum cha run!


imasugarjunkie November 24, 2009 at 9:41 am

That looks so yummy! I love mud cake… even though it is always a struggle to eat much of it given how heavy it is! Good luck with the next challenge!


Rilsta November 25, 2009 at 9:53 am

Hi Maree: Thanks! Citrus just happened to be the first random item we drew out!

Hi Ellie: I liked how the ganache set so shiny!

Hi Karine: Thanks! 🙂

Hi Ange: Thanks! You could only really eat one piece.

Hi Kate: Bake is a fantastic cookbook! It's so thick with so many recipes and pretty much all of them work out because they have apparently been triple tested!

Hi Kat: Hehe… yes I definitely will!

Hi imasugarjunkie: Thanks! 🙂


Maria@TheGourmetChallenge November 30, 2009 at 12:11 pm

The ganache sounds very interesting. I'll have to give that one a go myself


Rilsta December 2, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Hi Maria: It wasn't very coconutty so you might want to tweak it to add extra dessicated coconut.


ann sue February 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm

i think the center popped because you didnt trim the top of the cake then you put it up side down..
recipe looks good though.
ill try this recipe with chiffon so its not that too rich and
ill stick to your ganacherecipe. nice one


anunturi gratuite September 21, 2014 at 12:28 am

So happy for you, it’s amazing products, I live in Bucuresti / Romania – anunturi gratuite so hopefully one day `ll be able to do it myself, lots of love and hugs happy to welcome you in this great day of anunturi gratuite. Pupiciii byeeee


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