Sunday, 29 November 2009

Johnny Depp Cake

I went to a Johnny Depp and Jack Daniels Party the other night. It was fun. (The concept of matching initials parties started with Pumpkin Soup and Patrick Swayze).

The JD Party included Jammy Dodger Shooters (yum! Raspberry Liquer and Cream layered in a shot glass), "Johnny Dumplings" (actually chinese dumpling things but you've got to stick to the rules). My contribution was Johnny Depp cake:

It may look like chocolate cake, but it is actually rum and raisin chocolate cake! You may still be confused as to the relation with Johnny Depp, but see:
Rum - Johnny Depp, as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean was a bit of a fan of the rum
Raisin - He played Gilbert Grape in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, and everyone knows raisins are made from grapes
Chocolate - How could I deny Willy Wonka chocolate? Plus he was in Chocolat (mmm Johnny Depp in chocolate)

If you want to make your very own Johnny Depp cake, the rough recipe I used is as follows (I used one off the internet but ended up changing a few things)

About 100g Raisins or dried fruit, roughly chopped
A good glug of Rum
175g unsalted butter
150g sugar
2 eggs lightly beaten
225g Self Raising Flour
40g cocoa powder
150ml milk

Soak the raisins in the rum for a while (preferably a few hours)
Pre-heat the oven to 180C, grease and line a cake tin
Beat the butter and sugar until light, then gradually beat in the eggs
Fold in the rum and raisins
Sift together the cocoa powder and flour
Fold the flour mix and the milk alternately into the batter
Pour into the tin, smooth the top and bake for about an hour (until a knife comes out clean)
Leave in the tin for 15minutes then turn onto a rack to cool

For chocolate rum icing, melt about 100g dark chocolate, mix in 100g butter until melted
Then add 75g sifted icing sugar and 3tbsp rum
Ice the cake and enjoy:)
I also put chocolate sprinkles on top just because I had some in the cupboard.

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