An Irish chocolate cake-with a secret ingredient!

karyn ryan


Hello.. In time for Paddy's Day,, this Chocolate cake is a real irish original because it contains a secret ingredient "mashed Potato" - I kid you not. Potato we eat it so much so why not put it in a cake. This is one of my mums recipes which I "borrowed".. I hope you try it out it, it really is moist and delicious. It also has Baileys Irish cream in the filling. You can't get more irish than that.xx
"go n-éirí an bóthar leat" it means have a good journey through life an old irish way of saying Good Luck

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15 Min
30 Min


eggs beaten
3/4 c
caster sugar
1 c
2 oz
dark or milk chocolate
1 1/3 c
self raising flour
2 Tbsp
corn flour (starch)
3 oz
cooked mashed potatoes
4 Tbsp
4 oz
dark or milk chocolate
1 c
double cream
1/2 c
confectioners' sugar
3 Tbsp
2 Tbsp
cocoa powder


1preheat oven to 350f and line 2 8x2 cake tins
2Sift flour, cocoa powder, cornflour and salt into a mixing bowl. Melt 2oz chocolate in a bowl placed over a saucepan of hot water.
3In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar together until fluffy, then beat in the chocolate and mashed potato.
4Gradually beat in the egg and vanilla extract adding a little flour with each addition. Fold in the rest of the flour and stir in the milk.
5Divide mixture between cake tins and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until top is firm but springy to the touch. Remove from oven and after a few minutes, turn out on a cooling rack.
6While the cake is cooling, make the icing.

Melt the chocolate as before, beat the sugar and cream together until thick stir in the chocolate and baileys and mix well. Use the icing to sandwich the cake layers together. Don't be skimpy on the filling !!! and coat the top of the cake. Use some white melted chocolate to do a feather design for decoration (not essential)


About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Irish
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom