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Chocolate Volcanic Cake

In a trip report last week [1], I wrote about a certain recipe for something called “Mt Doom — a Chocolate Volcanic Cake“. It’s based around staple ingredients such as 1 cup of drinking chocolate, a whole cup of chocolate chips, half a cup of strawberry jam, an unspecified amount of greek yoghurt (to counter the jam, I think), a little chilli powder to taste, one entire litre of “gooey raspberry ripple ice-cream”, and 3 token cups of couscous just to make the entire thing healthy. This recipe was published on page 18 of FMC Bulletin 178 (from November 2009), and its submitter claims it will serve “12 hungry trampers”. Reading the recipe over and over whilst lying in a tent, stuck behind a swollen river for 2 extra nights on a food budget, it’s unclear just how 12 people will be satisfied. It was in such circumstances that I decided I’d make the whole thing when I got back, and I’d appreciate it.

Time goes on and appetites change. Two or three small town pub meals later, I’d lost my appetite for this gooey chocolate, strawberry and raspberry wonder-cake, or at the very least eating the entire thing. I still wanted to see how it’d come out, however, and eventually decided to divide all ingredients by three.

It’s a simple recipe. The couscous gets mixed with twice as much water, the drinking chocolate, chilli powder and eventually the chocolate chips, creating chocolate-flavoured couscous. Once it’s cooled, the idea is drop the ice-cream into a (large) bowl, then tip the couscous mixture over the top. After this, the jam and yoghurt gets smothered over the top to make it look more volcano-like. (I refused to buy the raspberry swirl ice-cream because it was far too expensive, so bought some kind of triple chocolate ice cream instead.)

After a first effort, this was the result.

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Several amateur insights occur following this cooking expedition:

Well, at least now I’ve done it. It was nice but it’s a shame I can’t transport it back in time and space by a couple of weeks and 250 kilometres west.

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4 Comments To "Chocolate Volcanic Cake"

#1 Comment By Maple Kiwi On 22 January, 2010 @ 11:45 am

If you actually want to make it again – try microwaving the jam for 15-20 seconds and it should get runny. Or mix a bit of hot water into it.

It sounds awfully filling!

#2 Comment By Mike McGavin On 22 January, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

Thanks for the tip, that makes sense. I’m still not sure about the tramping occasion… if I’m proposing it then I might try to find someone else to carry in a microwave and some extra petrol for the generator. Or we could just heat it with a stove, I guess. 🙂

#3 Comment By Robb On 23 January, 2010 @ 7:10 pm

Kia ora Mike,
I have to write I had a good chuckle when viewing the photo of your efforts. Though by dim candle light in a hut after a long day I am sure I would look forward to a generous dollop on my plate. My old tramping mate used to always carry in a few steamed puddings and real cream to enjoy, particularly on just over nighters. Took a bit of gas, or watching the fire closely, but great results. Happy tramping Mike.

#4 Comment By Mike McGavin On 27 January, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

Hi Robb. I guess it’s the content that counts. I’ve never been one for aesthetic food, and underneath that thin layer of couscous is a walloping of pure ice cream, for better or worse. I’m still not sure how to make this an effective tramping recipe, but We sometimes make custard for dessert and it works well over a fruit cake like those Ernest Adams ones. Very yummy.