Dense smoked chocolate-and-vanilla fudge cake encrusted with pink peppercorns

Dense smoked chocolate-and-vanilla fudge cake encrusted with pink peppercorns

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  • 12
  • Easy
  • 30 minutes
  • 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 2 T flour
  • 400 g smoked dark chocolate, melted (see Cook’s tip)
  • 120 g butter
  • 200 g brown sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds removed
  • ½ cup cream
  • 5 free-range eggs
  • 2 T pink peppercorns, crushed

Cooking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 150°C.
Dust a rectangular baking tin with flour, then line it with greaseproof paper. Suspend an ovenproof dish over a saucepan half filled with boiling water and place over a medium heat.
Melt the chocolate, butter, brown sugar, vanilla and cream in the ovenproof dish, stirring occasionally.
In a bowl, whisk the eggs with 2 T flour then pour the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, along with the pink peppercorns, and combine thoroughly.
Pour the mixture into the baking tin and place in a bain-marie or in the middle of a large roasting tin filled with hot water.
Bake for 2 hours and 15 minutes, or until the cake is cooked through. Remove from the oven and refrigerate to cool.

Cook’s tip:
To smoke the chocolate, prepare the smoker and wrap tinfoil around the rack. Position the rack over a tray of ice water in the smoker and cold smoke for 40 minutes. Remove from the smoker and allow to cool completely before using.

Per serving: 1611.9 kJ, 5 g protein, 25.1 g fat, 38.1 g carbs

Abigail Donnelly Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly
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