Chocolate Cake

11 September 2014

Chocolate cake //

The other day I was looking through my recipe index and I realised I've never shared my favourite chocolate cake recipe. Shame on me! Plus there hasn't been enough chocolate on the blog recently!

A great chocolate cake recipe is a must for every baker and this is my go-to recipe every time. Whenever I make a chocolate cake I always use this recipe. I've made it countless times and it's never ever gone wrong. I always get lots of compliments about how chocolatey, moist and rich it is. 

Chocolate cake //

I made this particular chocolate cake back in January for my Dad's birthday. He loves Galaxy chocolate so I topped it with heaps of Galaxy Counters, Ripples and squares. He absolutely loved it! 

So if you're looking for a chocolate cake recipe for your repertoire, here it is!

Chocolate cake //

Chocolate Cake

Serves 12
Preparation time 20 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes

50g cocoa powder
6 tablespoons boiling water
3 large eggs
100g softened butter
275g caster sugar
50ml whole milk
175g self raising flour
1 rounded teaspoon baking powder

200g plain chocolate
100g milk chocolate
300ml double cream

Preheat oven to 180C {350F} gas mark 4. Grease two 20cm {8inch} deep cake tins and line the bases with baking paper.

Sift the cocoa powder into a large bowl, add the boiling water and mix together until it becomes a smooth paste. Add the eggs, butter, sugar and milk and beat with a hand held electric mixer until fully combined. Sift in the flour and baking powder and beat again until the mixture becomes a smooth thickish batter.

Divide the mixture equally between the prepared tins and pop in the oven for 25-30 minutes. The cakes will be ready when a skewer instered in the middle comes out clean and when gently pressed with a finger, the cake springs back. Leave to cool in the tins for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Make the ganache. Break or chop the chocolate into small pieces. Gently heat the cream in a saucepan until it just starts to bubble, remove from the heat, then add the chocolate and stir like crazy until the mixture is completely melted and there are no chocolate lumps left. Leave to cool for about 2 hours until the mixture has thickened. 

Place one of the cakes onto a plate or cake board. Spread about 1/3 of the ganache onto the cake then place the other cake carefully on top and spread 1/3 of the ganache onto the top and smooth with a pallet knife. Then spread the rest of the ganache around the sides of the cake until it is fully covered. You should have enough ganache to give it a good thickish covering.

Decorate however you like. Chocolate curls look good  or just chuck a load of chocolate bars on top like I did!
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  1. This chocolate cake is EPIC-wow, amazing! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

  2. Mouth watering cake!!
    It looks like a piece of heaven :)

  3. Oh wow this looks like chocolate heaven :-) x #CookBlogShare

  4. Wow look at all that chocolate! Looks wonderful #Recipeoftheweek

  5. Wow that looks like death by chocolate. I would have loved to see the inside! Always good having a reliable chocolate cake in your arsenal - this looks delicious. Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

  6. This is my idea of heaven. Only trouble is, I wouldn't want to share it!


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