Here’s an idea for home cooking with some Geography! It’s an experimental recipe so not unlike the real thing. Can you predict where the lava will start to flow when the eruption begins?
I’ve added a few photos to help with this, as there’s scope to create a lava field around the base of the volcano or perhaps to give it a snowy peak. The steps for making the cake are based on a recipe I found in Iceland some years ago, so my thanks go to Brynhildur Pálsdóttir for her drawings.
I’m going to refine this recipe and add more of my own photographs. Please share photos of your creations! I also look forward to questions and comments about the cake, volcanoes and Iceland, you can contact us here.
What do you need?
Everything about this cake is flexible and adaptable and therefore quite experimental! Rather like nature, the end result may not be quite as expected but that’s why it’s just as much a Geography activity as a culinary one. Maybe making individual mini volcano cakes could be fun?
- For the cake, use your regular chocolate cake recipe or pre-mix
- Sheets of aluminium or tin foil for lining the cake tin and for shaping the volcano shape. You will be baking it upside down in the tin.
- A deep circular or square cake tin
- Lava sauce: this can be any red jam or sauce, not too thick.
- Chocolate coating or icing that you can melt and pour over the cake after it is baked
It’s definitely worth deciding before you start how much cake you will make and therefore how big the mould for the volcano needs to be. It’s also worth having plenty of lava sauce, even if you don’t use it all.
Please note that this can get quite messy! After baking it’s good to set up the volcano on a tray or something that will contain the lava flow.
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Creating your volcano cake
- Shape the volcano mould in the tin using strips of foil. Fold them over the top edge of the tin and make sure that the base of the tin is packed with foil to support the shape of the mould when the cake mix is poured in.
- Pour the cake mix in to the mould and then bake in the oven using your usual cooking times and temperature
- Test the cake is cooked using a fork or skewer to make sure that it’s clean when you pull it out of the cake
- Let the cake cool, turn it and then peel off the foil.
- When it’s cold, you can move it onto its tray (or lava field… scope for more imagination here if you like)
- Next slice off the top with a knife, about one third of the way down from the peak
- Hollow out the inside (the leftovers from this could become the lava field)
- Pour in the lava sauce, add back any cake. You can decide on how big and full the lava chamber will be. Replace the top of the volcano.
- Melt the chocolate and pour it over the whole cake. If you have decided to create a lava field you may first want to decide on how that should look.
- Once the chocolate has set the next step is to start the eruption by making small cuts in the chocolate shell with a sharp knife.
- The lava will start to flow and it’s ready to observe and then serve!
How did your cake turn out?
Please share photos of your finished designs so that we can add them to our collection and enjoy seeing the different types of volcanic designs you come up with.
Send your questions about volcanoes or Iceland to us too, we’d love to hear from you.
Look forward to hearing from you,
PS If you’d like to know more about me and my connections to Iceland and volcanoes it’s here: https://icelandtraveller.co.uk/meet-the-team/
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