I’m going to let you into a family secret…I hate fruit cake and Christmas pudding, as do my brother and sister. Every year at Christmas, my mum made this recipe for us and our cousins so we had our dessert while the grown ups ate plum pudding. The tradition continues to this day (my brother is now 40) and Christmas isn’t Christmas without mum’s igloo. I remember one year that mum thought we were too old for igloo and didn’t make one. Well!!! I’m not going to say that Christmas was completely ruined but imagine Santa didn’t turn up or Dad didn’t start snoring on the sofa 10 minutes after getting up from the table. (Mum hasn’t made that mistake since). :-)
The next generation have carried on this tradition and last year I know there were at least 7 igloo cakes produced and served at different venues throughout the UK and one in New York. As this is mum’s recipe, I am going to give you the recipe as written by my mum and then go on to explain further. (All will become clear).
I have never seen anything like this in the shops but if you see lots appearing over the next few years, remember where you saw it first.
Recipe for chocolate cake and chocolate icing
Grease and line bottom of Pyrex bowl
Put cake mixture in bowl (don’t fill to brim as it would overflow)
Bake at gas 3 until cooked (test with skewer to make sure centre is cooked)
When cool cut across in three and fill each section with chocolate icing and sandwich together.
Put igloo on plate and cover with water icing – make this quite thick so that it looks like snow!
Make windows and door with cut up Curlywurlys. Put Twirl into top of igloo for chimney and cut up as many twirls as possible for logs!!
Decorate with Santa etc.
OK folks, that’s all you’ve got to go on. If you can manage to make it from those instructions, you are far too good a cook to be following this blog and I would suggest you get in your entry for Great British Bake Off. The following should help.
6oz caster sugar
6oz self raising flour
3oz Cadbury’s drinking chocolate
2oz Cadbury’s drinking chocolate
6oz icing sugar
2 tbsp boiling water
Cream margarine and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well each time. Add flour and chocolate and mix slowly.
Add this mix to your greased bowl and cook at gas mark 3. Mum’s recipe (until cooked) doesn’t mention that this will take about 1 1/2 hours at least.
Carefully turn out onto a cooling rack and allow to fully cool. Carefully cut into 3 horizontally. Make the butter icing and spread in the two middle areas and gently press together. Try not to let the chocolate icing seep out or get on the outside of the cake or your snow icing will look more like road sludge during the thaw.
Make up a lot of white icing. I would suggest at least 8oz of icing sugar and just add water. Don’t make it too thin but it does want to run a little. Pour your white icing over the top of the chocolate cake and then add your Twirl and Curlywurly windows to decorate. (When we were younger, Twirls didn’t exist and there was only one Cadbury’s Flake chimney. Excessive arguing about who’s turn it was to get the flake led to the introduction of Twirl logs.) The Santa my mum’s cake has is the same one that has been used for over 30 years, along with many other equally old plastic deer, wooden bear and other decorations. We got some penguins for ours.
Disclaimer: if you are building a real igloo with compacted snow, the Half-assed Gourmets suggest you don’t build a chimney or light a fire inside.
We hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and start making your own igloo and family tradition.
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