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Tweed Cake

Tweed Cake. Based upon a very familiar and popular cookie square recipe in Newfoundland when I was a kid…and still is in my family.

Tweed Cake

Tweed Cake

A popular treat at our house and all over Newfoundland when I was growing up, especially at holiday baking time, were Tweedies (a.k.a. Tweed Squares).

They have a vanilla cake bottom flecked with grated chocolate. The chocolate gets folded into the cake batter to produce the characteristic “tweed” effect.

The cake base then gets a liberal layer of vanilla frosting before being topped with a layer of melted chocolate.

Dark Chocolate Chips, to melt and dip the biscotti

I prefer dark chocolate at 50% cocoa but you can use any kind you like.

I recently made a batch and it occurred to me for the first time that this would make a fantastic cake.

We had my parents and the in-laws over for Sunday dinner this week, so it was the perfect opportunity to try the idea out. It was a big hit!

Tweed Cake

Tweed Cake

The flavour of the familiar favourite was very apparent and  a nice surprise for our dinner guests. Several went back for a second slice and everyone took a piece home for later.

So if you remember Tweedies or are being introduced them for the first time, I’ll bet this cake idea will be a big hit at your next family dinner or get-together with friends too. Originally published on October 2, 2012.

Tweed Cake

Tweed Cake

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Tweed Cake
Yield: 16 or more servings

Tweed Cake

Prep Time: 50 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Based upon the Newfoundland favorite old fashioned cookie squares, this cake takes the concept to a whole new level and makes a fantastic celebration cake too.

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ounce dark chocolate, grated

For the frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 6 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Grease, flour and line the bottom of two 9 or 10 inch cake pans with parchment paper.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  3. Separate four eggs, reserving the yolks for later. Beat the egg whites and 1/3 cup sugarwith an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Set aside.
  4. Cream together the butter and 1 cup sugar well.
  5. Add the 4 egg yolks along with the vanilla extract and beat until creamy.
  6. Fold in the flour mixture in 3 equal portions, alternating with the 1 cup milk.
  7. Add the milk in two equal portions in between the flour mixture additions, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Do mot over mix.
  8. Gently fold in the beaten egg whites and sugar.
  9. When the egg whites are almost incorporated fold in the grated chocolate.
  10. Pour batter into the prepared pans and bake for about 20-25 minutes at 325 degrees F or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake the cake portion. Cool completely on a wire rack. Fill and frost the entire two layers with the vanilla frosting.

To make the vanilla frosting

  1. Cream together all of the ingredients until very creamy and fluffy.
  2. You may add a little milk a teaspoon at a time, if the frosting seems too stiff to be spreadable. This should be quite a thick frosting with plenty of vanilla flavor. You can add a little more or less mik or icing sugar to get it to a proper thick but spreadable consistency.
  3. Frost the middle and sides of the cake and chill for a couple of hours before adding the chocolate ganache finishing layer.

To make the chocolate ganache glaze

  1. Melt together the chocolate and cream in a double boiler over low heat.
  2. Cool to lukewarm and spread quickly over the chilled frosting.
  3. Let the chocolate set before cutting and serving.

Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

1 slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 601Total Fat 32gSaturated Fat 20gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 106mgSodium 364mgCarbohydrates 77gFiber 2gSugar 59gProtein 5g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Cheryl

Friday 10th of July 2020

I am just about to make this cake again for what must be the 10th time. I have been making it for a few years now and it is the most requested cake that I am asked to bring along to pretty much any gathering. It's a truly wonderful cake. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I'm just sorry it's taken me so long to let you know and write a comment!

Tia

Thursday 23rd of January 2020

BY Mistake.

Tia

Thursday 23rd of January 2020

I THINK THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS WERE MISTAKEN AND PUT IN WITH THE VANILLA FROSTING.

Tia

Thursday 23rd of January 2020

I see the recipe for the frosting but it says 2cups chocolate chips,isn't it suppose to be the vanilla frosting,and the 2 cups of chocolate chips with the 1/2 cup whipping cream is for the ganache.

Rena boudreau

Tuesday 27th of February 2018

Is the dark chocolate semi sweet?

Barry C. Parsons

Monday 12th of March 2018

It can be either but I prefer unsweetened.

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