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    Mars Bar Inspired layer cake recipe

    If you love chocolate, and love caramel and that nougat filling in Mars Bars, then you’ll adore this cake.  This Wednesday I’ve created a recipe for a Mars Bar inspired Layer cake, totally wicked, extremely rich and sweet- not helpful to any diet ;)  but a small slice will hit the spot ;)  This cake is made of three layers of a dense, moist chocolate cake, filled with chocolate malt nougat, and a gooey caramel layer, caramel on top, then the whole cake is smothered in milk chocolate ganache.

    Recipe for Mars Bar inspired layer cake

    Recipe for Mars Bar inspired layer cake

    Recipe for the chocolate cake (makes a loaf tin size cake plus some extra cupcakes- so have a muffin tray with patty pans ready :) )

    Batter

    125g unsalted butter
    1 cup sugar
    1/2 cup sour cream
    4 eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 tsp salt
    2 cups self raising flour
    2/3 cup milk
    3/4 cup dutch cocoa

    Preheat oven to 180C.  Grease and line a rectangular loaf tin and dust with flour, shaking off the excess flour.  Cream butter until soft and fluffy, add sugar a 1/3 at a time until all incorporated and fluffy.  Beat in sour cream and vanilla.  Lightly whisk eggs and add to mixture a third at a time while still beating.  Sift in flour, cocoa and salt.  Beat until combined, adding milk a third at a time while the beater is still running until all the mixture is well mixed.  Beat mixture on high for 1 minute, it should become lighter in colour.

    Spoon batter into pan, it should fill about .  Put pan into preheated oven on the middle tray, and bake for 50 minutes.  Test cake with a skewer to check if ready.  Remove from oven and leave the cake in the tin for 10 minutes.  Turn cake out onto a cake rack and allow to cool for 20 minutes.

    Cut cake twice to get three layers of cake.

    Creamy Nougat Filling

    Ingredients

    1/2 cup softened butter

    200 g white marshmallows

    3 tablespoons malt extract

    1 tablespoon vanilla

    Approximately 500g icing sugar add to get the right thickness of consistency

    1 teaspoon cocoa powder

    Put marshmallows in a heat proof container into microwave and melt on HIGH 100% for 1 minute.  the marshmallows should be soft and melted, continue heating for 10 seconds if not melted enough.  Using an electric mixer with paddle, cream butter and marshmallow together.  Add vanilla, malt extract and mix again until well incorporated.  Add icing sugar and beat on high for 2 minutes.  The mixture should turn thick and nougat like.

    Spoon and smooth a thick layer of nougat filling on to you bottom cake layer.

    Caramel filling

    395g can Nestle sweetened condensed milk

    4 tablespoons golden syrup

    60g butter

    Melt all ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring continuously until thick.  Allow to cool, add to middle layer of cake, and then smooth a small amount on the top layer.

    Milk chocolate ganache

    400g milk cooking chocolate

    150mL cream

    Put chocolate and cream into a heat proof bowl and melt in microwave on high 100% for 1 minute.  Stir with a metal whisk until smooth.  Allow to cool, then pour over cake top and sides.

    If you try this recipe…please let me know how you went in he comment below :)  Also, share your pictures on the facebook Fan Page

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