Chocolate Squares with Cream Cheese Frosting

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It’s Saturday, and I felt like staying in and baking something delicious….something chocolatey. So, that’s exactly what I did!

This time, I thought I’d share my baked creation with you in case you’d like to have a go at it yourself. The recipe is my take on chocolate mud cake squares, but with cream cheese frosting. The cream cheese frosting cuts through the heaviness of the chocolate, so it’s not too overwhelming.

It tastes delicious (if I do say so myself) and is fairly quick and easy to make. The recipe below makes about 20 squares.

Ingredients

Chocolate Squares

  • 360 g plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons bi-carbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 60 g cocoa powder
  • 120 g un-salted butter
  • 360 g soft brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 150 g dark melting chocolate
  • 230 ml full cream milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence / extract

Frosting

  • 120 g cream cheese
  • 60 g butter (unsalted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence / extract
  • 1 ½ cups icing (powdered) sugar

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Then grease and line a 25 cm × 15 cm × 10 cm baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar until they are well-combined. Add eggs and beat well. Add the melted chocolate (melting in a bowl placed over simmering water) and vanilla essence to the mixture and beat in well.
  3. Sift and combine the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder. Add this to the butter mixture, combine the ingredients, and slowly add the milk while doing so.
  4. Pour the mixture into the tray.  Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  5. To make the cream cheese frosting beat the cheese, butter and vanilla extract until pale. Continue to beat while slowly adding the icing sugar, until well-combined.
  6. Allow the cake to cool in the tray completely before covering with the cream cheese frosting.
  7. Cut the cake into squares (or to avoid crumbs on the frosting, you can cut the squares first and them apply the frosting).
  8. Keep the squares in an air-tight container so they don’t dry out.

Optional: You could also add half a cup of broken walnuts into the chocolate cake mixture if you would like a crunchy texture.

I used Cadbury’s Baking Dark Chocolate as I consider it to be fairly good quality. Most other products I used like the milk, flour and cream cheese were supermarket-brand and are of quite good quality.

Although you could do a lot of the recipe by hand (which would be a bit tiring) I have a Kambrook electric mixer which is perfect to use for baking. It’s not as expensive as a Kitchen Aid but it does exactly the same job.

I added some pansies from the garden (which are edible) for that added colourful touch.

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I hope you enjoy making these delicious treats, which are perfect for a cool Melbourne day.

If you do make them, I’d love to know what you think!

Apple of Sodum xo

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