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CHOCOLATE FUDGE CAKE FOOD & COOKING ARTICLE

BRINGING PUDDINGS TO LIFE - Chocolate Fudge Cake
by Chef Phil Vickery

Celebrity chef Phil Vickery cooks up a pudding storm

Everyone has their favourite pudding but not everyone knows how to make them! However, help is here in the form of Celebrity Chef Phil Vickery. Phil is here to give easy step-by-step instructions to create twelve fantastic puddings, one pudcast a month. The Americans know a thing or two about really wonderful fudge cake - this is based on an American recipe and uses oil instead of butter which cuts down on the saturated fat a little! We've done the hard bit for you by making Caramel which goes into making the easiest fudge filling you've ever seen!

Everybody loves a good pud! From homemade apple pie to granny's spotted dick or mum's treacle tart, everyone's a winner. But how often do you make home-made puds and do you really know where to start?

Although more and more people are experimenting in the kitchen with puddings, one in five Brits have never attempted a home-made pudding, according to new research by Carnation. So what's stopping Brits from getting their hands dirty in the kitchen? Perhaps, if you had a top chef in the kitchen with you, you'd be more inclined to whip up a nice pudding. Well now you can!

Celebrity chef Phil Vickery is here to save the day. Over the coming months he will be welcoming us in to his kitchen to take us through the simple steps to create twelve fantastic puddings. Click on Podcast below to watch his latest instalment demonstrating how to make . . .

Still looking for inspiration? Why not logon to www.carnation.co.uk where you can look through a variety of Phil's tasty recipes and download the pudcasts.

PUDCASTS

To stop the spread of pudding paranoia and encourage the nation to rediscover its taste for homemade puddings, today, celebrity chef Phil Vickery launches a series of Pudcasts; a monthly series of six podcasts showing you how to create simple, yet impressive, desserts. Let's face it, even cook books aren't fool-proof, but you'll be hard pressed to go wrong when you've got the step-by-step directions on a screen right in front of your eyes! So why not harness the power of technology and watch one of Phil's pudcasts - you can't go wrong!

WHAT YOU GOT COOKIN'?

Cooking's not just about the end result. According to Phil, as well as missing out on the delicious taste of authentic homemade cooking, people are passing up the opportunity to experience the psychological benefits of making something for themselves. Creating your own mouth-watering pudding can be extremely rewarding, especially if cooking for family and friends. To see others really enjoying something you have prepared from scratch can leave you with a real sense of satisfaction and pride.

CHEF PHIL VICKERY

Phil started his career in a seaside hotel in Folkestone Kent, after leaving college. He then went to the Lake District to the famous Michaels Nook Country House hotel, where his food was rated the best in the lakes.

After 6 months touring Australia and New Zealand he took up one of two stints at the world famous Gravetye Manor in West Sussex. Once as chef de partie, and sous chef. This is where he really found his love for great British produce and cooking. This led on to his next position as Ian Mc Andrew's sous chef at Restaurant 74

After the second stint at Gravetye Manor, Phil then travelled to the south west to open a luxurious hotel, then moving to The Castle hotel after Gary Rhodes left in 1999. Here he really found his niche and over the next 9 years he won many accolades, including a Michelin star, Egon Ronay stars and 4 AA rosettes. Phil moved onto development in 2000 co-founding The Food Bureau with partner and friend Steven Poole.

Phil has written six books, including 'A Passion for Puddings'. He also writes for many magazines, articles and is a member of The Guild Of Food Writers.

Phil has been a regular chef on BBC's Ready Steady Cook for 10 years. He is also resident chef on ITV's This Morning and is a regular contributor to Radio Five Live and BBC's Breakfast programme.

CHOCOLATE FUDGE CAKE

The Americans know a thing or two about really wonderful fudge cake - this is based on an American recipe and uses oil instead of butter which cuts down on the saturated fat a little! We've done the hard bit for you by making Caramel which goes into making the easiest fudge filling you've ever seen!

Ingredients

175g (6oz) self-raising flour
2½ tbsp cocoa powder
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
150g (5oz) caster sugar
2 eggs
150ml (¼pt) corn oil
150ml (¼pt) milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
125g (5oz) dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
397g can Carnation Caramel
1 tbsp icing sugar

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC / 350ºF /Gas Mark 4.
  • Base line 2cm x 18cm (7") sandwich tins with baking parchment.
  • Sift the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and stir in the sugar. In a jug measure the oil and milk, then add the eggs, one teaspoon of vanilla and mix together with a fork until combined. Beat two tablespoons of the caramel until smooth and whisk into the egg and oil mixture. Combine the wet with the dry ingredients and mix well. The cake mix will be quite wet. Pour the mixture into the tins and bake in the centre of the oven for 20-25 minutes until springy to the touch.
  • Cool the cakes in their tins and then turn out onto a wire rack. Remove the baking paper and cool completely.
  • Melt the chocolate in short bursts in the microwave, stirring until smooth. Add the remaining caramel and vanilla to the chocolate and beat well until smooth and glossy. Sift in the icing sugar and combine thoroughly.
  • Place one half of the cake onto a plate, spread with a generous amount of the frosting and top with the other sandwich half. Spread the remaining frosting over the top of the cake and down the sides to cover completely. Leave to set and cut into slices.

Serves 12

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