If you grew up in the 1960s, 70s or 80s, you are likely to remember the deliciously chewy chocolate and liquorice Choo Choo bar. With the re-launch of Choo Choo bars, Perth sweet enthusiasts can relive these childhood moments. However, if you have become a little obsessed with this deliciously delightful treat, you are sure to enjoy this Choo Choo bar inspired birthday cake.
Why a Choo Choo Bar Cake?
Liquorice provides a sharper, simpler and sweeter taste compared to cinnamon, making it the perfect complement to chocolate. The flavour of liquorice cuts through the rich chocolate to ensure that while this cake tastes decadent, it doesn’t feel heavy. Be sure to note that the liquorice flavour will intensify as the cake is left, so if there are any leftovers, you are sure to satisfy that liquorice and chocolate craving.
Making the Cake:
To make a cake inspired by a classic Perth sweet enthusiasts will need 225 grams of flour, 85 grams cocoa powder, 350 grams sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda, 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder, 2 eggs, 125 millilitres vegetable oil, 250 millilitres milk, 250 millilitres hot water, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 2 bars of liquorice. This will make an eight-inch round cake.
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Chop the liquorice into small pieces and melt into the hot water. In a separate bowl mix all of the dry ingredients and beat in the eggs, milk and oil until well combined. Gradually add the liquorice water to the batter until it is smooth but watery.
Divide the mixture into two eight inch prepared cake tins. Bake for approximately thirty minutes or until a skewer can be inserted and come out clean. Allow to cool completely before icing.
Decorating the Cake:
This cake is perfectly complemented with a rich chocolate ganache. This ganache can be made by melting 200 grams of good quality dark chocolate and whisking in 200 millilitres of double cream. This process should be done slowly, so it is a good idea to melt the chocolate in a bowl heated over a pan of hot water. Be sure not to over-whisk as this will cause the chocolate to seize. Allow the ganache to cool and thicken, before using it to fill and ice the two halves of the cake. For added decoration, consider scattering a Choo Choo bar chopped into small pieces over the top of the ganache before it has properly set. Allow the ganache to cool completely before attempting to slice.
This cake makes a fantastic and sophisticated birthday cake or a delicious dessert for any special occasion. Just be sure to make enough for everyone, as once your guests enjoy a slice, they will be coming back for more of that great Choo Choo bar taste.
If you are craving a Choo Choo bar Perth sweet enthusiasts should contact us. We offer a wide selection of classic candy bars, imported chocolates and other delicious sweet treats including the Choo Choo bar. Our team of sweet enthusiasts would be delighted to assist you in sourcing your favourite sweets for any occasion.