Colorado black bear cake

  • For the devil's food cake
  • 450g caster sugar
  • 115ml cocoa
  • 450g plain flour
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 475ml buttermilk
  • 385g creme fraiche
  • 225g melted butter
  • 6 eggs
  • For the raspberry ice cream
  • 370g fresh raspberries, plus more for garnish
  • 475ml milk
  • 600g caster sugar
  • 12 yolks
  • 1.4L double cream
  • For the chocolate glaze
  • 240ml water
  • 70g syrup
  • 450g dark chocolate, melted
  • For the almond brittle
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 80g honey
  • 85g butter
  • 145g almonds
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1) For the devil's food cake: Preheat oven to 180C/Gas 4. Combine and sift all of the dry ingredients, whisk in the buttermilk and creme fraiche, then the butter and the eggs. Bake in a 25cm cake pan for 30 mins.

2) For the raspberry ice cream: Blend the raspberries and strain out all of the seeds. Bring the milk and sugar to a boil. Temper in the egg yolks. Remove from the heat and add the cream and raspberry puree. Spin according to ice cream machine directions.

3) For the chocolate glaze: Place the water and corn syrup in a pot and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, add the chocolate and whisk until smooth.

4) For the almond brittle: Place the sugar and honey in a pot and cook until the sugar has all melted, once melted add in the butter one tbsp at a time. Once the mixture caramelises add the nuts and baking soda and stir. Transfer to a silpat and once cool chop into pieces

5) To assemble the cake, place the cake sponge into the bottom of a ring mould and top with bits of the toffee and raspberry ice cream. Fill the ring mould with enough ice cream that only 0.5 to 1cm is left at the top of the ring mould. It is preferable to allow this to set in the freezer overnight. Once set, pour the room temp chocolate glaze on top and fill the remaining 0.5 to 1cm of the mould. You may decorate the cake by wrapping it in chocolate, or simply garnish with fresh raspberries.

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