Princes have launched a Rethink Mornings campaign to encourage families to shake up their normal morning routines at breakfast time, by using tinned fruit in juice, instead of fresh or frozen. I know as a Mum to two boys now at school, that breakfast time can be busy and sometimes rushed if we are running late, but I want to ensure that my children start the day in the right way, by eating a breakfast that is nutritious, filling and tasty.
I first heard of porridge cake when Aly posted a recipe for one made from her leftover porridge last year. I thought at the time what a great way to make use of left over porridge , but I also wondered if the porridge, known as being quite a stodgy breakfast, would make the cake quite heavy.
I was recently sent my new DegustaboxUK goody box for March and inside were some Moma! Instant Porridge cartons and I knew then that I would have to try and make my own Porridge Cake. I was also sent a tub of Drink Me Chai Chocolate Chai Latte, so I figured that I could use this to make my cake chocolately with a hint of spice. Adding some Mars Bars to act as a glue to bind it together (in place of sugar), an over ripe banana for moistness and some raisins for some chewiness, natural sweetness and goodness my Chocolate Chai Porridge Loaf Cake was born!!
Chocolate Chai Latte Porridge Loaf Cake
- 150g porridge made with 1 mug of chocolate chai latte (using 3 heaped tsp)
- 150g self raising flour
- 2 eggs
- 3 mars bars
- 150g unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp chocolate chai latte
- 1 over ripe banana
- 100g sultanas
- *For the frosting*
- 1 mars bar
- 100g milk chocolate
- 1-2 dsp chocolate spread
- Pre heat the oven to 160oC / 180oC (fan)
- Grease and line 2 x 1lb loaf tins (or 1 x 2lb!)
- Boil your kettle and remove the lids from the Moma instant porridge cartons
- Make a mug of Drink Me Chai Chocolate Chai Latte as per the instructions on the tub (but I added 4 tsp of the drink instead of the suggested 3)
- Then using your now prepared mug of drink Me Chai, use this to make the two porridge portions as per the instructions on the porridge cartons. Leave to stand once made and stirred with the lids back on (again as per the instructions)
- Meanwhile, gently melt the butter and mars bars in a non stick pan, stirring occassionaly until melted and stir well to get rid of any mars bar lumps
- In the bowl of a free standing mixer (or in a bowl and use a wooden spoon or hand whisk) pour in the flour, chai latte powder beaten eggs, porridge, banana, raisins and mars bar mixture and mix well to make the cake batter - being careful not to over mix it
- Divide the mixture between the two loaf tins (or one large one) and smooth over the top
- Place in the oven and cook for about 25-30 minutes until cooked right through
- Leave to cool
- Meanwhile make your frosting by:
- melt the chocolate and mars bar together - take care not to burn the chocolate as the caramel from the Mars Bar can burn easily
- Then allow to cool for a few minutes, then add the chocolate spread and beat to make a smoothish frosting
- Once the loaf cakes are cooled completely spread the frosting over the top of each one
- then serve
- You can freeze the spare cake (which is what I did)
This cake was really delicious and not stodgy at all. In fact a LOT nicer than I thought it would be if I am honest. The added fruit really made it nice and moist and chewy and the chocolate topping really made it a bit naughty. You could omit the frosting of course, if you wanted to make a less calorific version. Also, in place of the instant porridge, just use the same quantity of regular porridge.
So next time you make too much porridge at btreakfast, do not throw it out make a cake with it instead!!
I used 3 ingredients from this months Degustaboxuk box to make this cake. Degustaboxuk is a monthly subscription where for just £12.99 a month a box like this will be sent to you which includes the shipping, and all items included are made by well known brands and arive to your front door at the end of each month. You can see what was inside my box here (I forgot to take a photo!)
Readers of Mummy Mishaps can purchase a box with a special discount of £3 bringing the box down to £9.99 which is good value. Just enter F1MN9 at the checkout on the Degustaboxuk website.
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I was sent a Degustaboxuk for the purpose of this review. The recipe is my own as are my comments which are honest.