Eloise had requested chocolate cake for her birthday - and I wanted to try the food processor ASAP. I used to make all my cakes with the old food processor before the KitchenAid came along and many complimented me on the consistency of the cakes. You can make the simplest of cake batters into something amazing with a food processor because there's more mixing and less aeration - it makes for a compact and almost mud-like consistency without it being heavy. Eloise wanted a chocolate cake with chocolate icing... I set to work.
What is very attractive to me is a few features - first of all it has two bowls a large 2.5 litre one and a small one that fits inside if you only have a few things to process - and you only have to wash up the small bowl and the lid and the little blade. The other thing I love is that all the fixtures come in their own storage unit with a lid that can be put in a cupboard. My old one I had tons of bits and pieces floating around everywhere and it was annoying. Seems Breville are listening.
The chute is extra wide at the top too - I've had situations where I've had to chop carrots or cheese a certain way to get it in the chute - and a few times I've got things stuck! This one extends right across the bowl. Heaps easier.
So on with the recipe: I cannot remember where I got this one from but it's saved in a world document 'parties' on my hard drive. I really need to move all the stuff on that on here..
2/3 cup cocoa
1 cup caster sugar
100 mls canola oil
350 mls water
2 1/2 cups self raising flour
Preheat oven to 175 degrees c
Literally, I mean LITERALLY put all the ingredients in your food processor and process for 40 seconds!
Inside the pusher for the food processor is this cute little measuring cup! Perfect for the canola oil (and the water)
Oh and I know it looks like the blades aren't in properly but it's a quad-blade food processor - there's an extra two blades underneath the mix...
Pour into a greased and papered tin and bake for 40 minutes.
I iced Eloise's cake with a quick ganache of melted Lindt 70% dark (150g) mixed with 1/4 cup cream.
It's luscious and rich - without being sickly. Give it a try!
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