Chocolate squash mud cake, not squashed chocolate mud cake. Do not be confused for these are very different things! And yes, it is once again apparent that my photography skills are not really up to scratch. This is a pity because this is a rather delicious cake, and had my presentation of it been better, I think you would have been more likely to make it. I admire the many food bloggers who manage to take such beautiful photos of brown cakes, making them look inviting and delicious. I'm going to rely on your trust - you'll just have to believe me when I say that this cake tastes better than I've made it look!
The recipe is originally a Dan Lepard (he strikes again!) one and another success to add to the list. The Guardian version, Pumpkin Chocolate Mud Cake can be found here, and as you can tell from the name of the post I used Butternut Squash rather than pumpkin, the former being rather more easily available and in a more convenient size! I dealt with the obvious nut problem by directly substituting raisins - yum! But I'm sure that for nut lovers out there, the specified pecans would be fabulous - adding a crunch to this deliciously dense cake. I have to admit that my palate isn't sophisticated enough to be able to tell that this cake contained butternut squash, but I don't really mind. All I know is that it was a particularly delicious chocolate cake, and that's good enough for me!
Do you see what I mean about it being unattractive? Ignore the picture (I nearly didn't add it, but then thought that this blog is about truth if nothing else and this picture is the truth - you need to know that it doesn't have to look perfect to taste great!) and make the recipe. You can pretty it up with the recommended icing but I didn't bother. My colleagues loved this one - it went very quickly - after all, who can resist chocolate cake!