Monday, 14 July 2008

chinese five spice chocolate loaf cake

chinese five spice powder is amazing! i mean the spicy aromatic smell of it is already enough to warm the cockles of your heart, no mind actually adding it to your food. it's a combination of fennel, star anise, cinnamon, black pepper and cloves. well this one is! i've seen other combinations where the black pepper is replaced with cardamom. anyway, i've seen it paired with chocolate once or twice and wanted to give it a go myself. i also wanted to use up that one remaining bar of salted chocolate that i still had in the cupboard. so i settled on a chinese five spice chocolate loaf cake.

i used the recipe that i've used in past loaf cake creations but with a few minor alterations - most obviously replacing some of the flour with cocoa powder! then i chopped up the salted chocolate and put it in as chocolate chips. i added about 2 tablespoons of five spice powder - i always get that moment of...is it too much or too little? but cross my spatulas and hope for the best. in this case, 2 tablespoons was just right for my liking. the flavours in five spice powder are pretty strong individually - when you put them altogether...whew! too much and you might just be five-spiced out for the rest of the year.

i topped it off with some melted dark and white chocolate. and had so much fun hoping that each drip would cool before they reached the bottom of the cake!

overall, i was quite content with the cake...it did seem to take longer to cook than the rosemary loaf cake i have made before and as such i might have left it in a tad longer than i wanted too. i felt the texture of the cake should have been a little moister and less crumbly. perhaps i could have also added a few more tablespoons of milk to the batter before baking to compensate for the addition of the cocoa powder. i'm thinking that even if this had not been baked until the tester came out clean, it still would have been fine as it would have been extra moist and maybe slightly gooey and that can only be a good thing when it comes to chocolate. however, everyone at home enjoyed it immensely, commenting on how the five spice powder seemed to enhance the flavour of the chocolate and bring a nice spiciness to the cake.

Chinese Five Spice Chocolate Loaf Cake

250 g soft unsalted butter
200 g golden caster sugar
3 large eggs
300g plain flour (minus 4 T flour)
3 T baking powder
4 T cocoa powder
2 T chinese five spice powder
1 t vanilla extract
4 T milk
half cup chocolate chips
loaf tin

cream the butter, adding the sugar when it’s really soft, and creaming both together till pale and smooth and light.
combine and sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and five spice powder into a bowl.
beat in the eggs one at a time, folding in a spoonful of the flour mix after each addition, then add the vanilla.
fold in the rest of the flour mix.
add chocolate chips.
thin the batter with the milk - you’re after a soft, dropping consistency - and pour into the waiting tin.
put it in the oven, and cook for 1 hour, or until a cake-tester comes out clean.
leave to cool on a wire rack in its tin, unmould and devour shamelessly!

11 comments:

The Caked Crusader said...

What an interesting idea! I've never used Chinese 5 spice in a sweet dish before.
The finished cake looks lovely

the AIRY FAIRY said...

hi caked crusader, this was my first time to use it in a sweet dish too and it turned out really well...would definitely recommend it to enhance anything chocolate!

Rachel@fairycakeheaven said...

ooooooo lovely, i love love love five spice!!! will defintiely be trying these!!

the AIRY FAIRY said...

hi rachel, if you love five spice powder then you will love this cake and it really does make the chocolate taste so much better :)

Faery said...

Cant'n talk...my mouth is kind of full of water...lokks delicious.
I published the passion fruit curd come see,please

the AIRY FAIRY said...

hi faery...oh fantastic! i'm flying straight over to check out the recipe! i've been waiting for you to publish it for ages!

Nikki Miller-Ka said...

I make a chili lime chocolate cake, but it's nothing like this! Maybe I'll put the 5-spice in it next time.

the AIRY FAIRY said...

hi nikki, your chilli chocolate lime cake looks delicious. i love the combination of flavours! definitely give five spice a try next time...i think it might be a nice alternative to the chilli ;)

Stef said...

Yum!! I actaully just made some cupcakes with 5 spice, no chocolate though. I hadn't thought of it with chocolate. It sounds great!

the AIRY FAIRY said...

hi stef, i found chocolate and five spice went together perfectly. a great combination of flavours!

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