Lately I’ve been thinking up desserts to represent the major princess tales we all loved/hated as children: what type of cake would tell the story of The Little Mermaid? How to design a sticky bun fit for Cinderella? I like the idea of desserts based on fairytales because 1) it’s a fun idea for a kids’ party (and by kids I mean kids of ANY age), 2) desserts are a necessary part of life and abstaining from them will NOT yield an anatomically-impossible Disney-Princess figure, it will just turn girls into Grumpy of the Seven Dwarfs. All of today’s princesses should enjoy life and learn to accept their realistic figures. 3) I’m really into fantasy writing at the moment. Immersion in the genre through handmade food is a
procrastination technique method writing exercise.
Anyway, one of the dessert ideas that stuck in my head was a wake-up cake for Snow White, so she wouldn’t have to wait for a kiss from some wayward prince. Chocolate espresso fudge is a sweeter awakening than insistent lips anyway. Add some spiced Granny Smith apples and melty chocolate morsels and this dessert is a masterpiece fit for royalty! I also mixed in some Post Cocoa Pebbles cereal to go along with the breakfast theme, but unfortunately the cereal didn’t stay crunchy and so it doesn’t add much to the texture. I recommend replacing it with something flavorful, such as chocolate covered dried fruit mixed into the batter.
While it is a refreshing bite cold from the fridge, I find this fudge cake most tasty warm, with the chocolate morsels melting at the slightest brush of the fork and the aroma of tart baked apple permeating the deep, barely sweet chocolate.
For those who like their chocolate cake a bit sweeter, I might add some additional sweetener by substituting a sweeter liquid for the yogurt in this recipe. I also accidentally used twice as much salt as the 1/2 teaspoon I had intended, but I don’t think it affected the taste noticeably, so use however much or little salt you prefer.
Snow White Fudge Apple Pie
Adapted from recipe on Add a Pinch
Makes one 9″ round cake/pie/thing
Serves about 8
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s)
- 1 packet Starbucks Via Veranda Blend
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or use agave to increase sweet taste)
- 5.3 oz Greek 2% apple cinnamon flavored yogurt (or use regular yogurt for more sweetness)
- 7 fl. oz (one container) Früzinga brand honey vanilla drinkable yogurt (or use any other sweet liquid such as flavored milk, almond milk, etc.)
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup cocoa pebbles cereal (I recommend replacing this with dried fruit, nuts, chocolate-covered fruit, etc. for more flavor/texture contrast)
- 1 medium Granny Smith apple
- dash of cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- pinch of ginger
- 1/4 cup cocoa pebbles (or other mix-in/topping of choice)
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Nestle Toll House)
Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Line a 9″ cake pan with aluminum foil. Apply nonstick cooking spray.
Combine flour, cocoa, instant coffee, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly.
Beat in egg with a fork.
Add maple, yogurts, and vanilla extract. Use a hand mixer on a medium speed to blend the batter.
Reduce mixing speed to low as you slowly add the boiling water to the batter.
Mix for about one minute on high. Batter should be thin.
Stir in your mix-ins (Cocoa Pebbles, dried fruit, etc.)
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350 Fahrenheit for a total of about 30-35 minutes or until set, removing from oven after about 20 minutes to add topping before baking is finished.
Chop Granny Smith apple into small chunks. Toss with the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
After baking the cake at 350 Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes, remove from oven and sprinkle on the spice-coated apple pieces evenly. Add chocolate chips and your dried fruit or other mix-in (I used Cocoa Pebbles.) Then bake for another 10-15 minutes.
Serve this cake hot. After all, it has to replace an unconscious kiss and awaken a very sleepy Snow White…