A Special Chocolate Cake
I wanted to make a special chocolate cake for a birthday. I already have a chocolate cake recipe on this website – my favourite recipe from childhood made with evaporated milk and with peppermint added. For my next chocolate cake I wanted a more lush cake – more in the style of a chocolate fudge cake.
If you think a good Chocolate Fudge Cake is trickey to make – try this one – a luxury cake that is really easy to make
Easy Cake From A Food Blogger
If you want a good recipe for something it is good to ask the food blogging community so I went out there onto Twitter and Facebook and asked for best (but easy) recipes. Of course any recipe I am going to talk about on here has to be low cost and easy and some cakes canbe neither – especially more lush cakes!
I had a choice of two recipes – Rich Chocolate cake from Utterly Scrummy Food For Familes – a really rich cake and Easy Chocolate Cake from Life at the Zoo. I plumped for the later – I think it was the first instruction in the recipe that swayed me which is “Put all the ingredients – save for the hot water – into a bowl and mix”. Now that is an easy recipe
The chocolate mix was all made up in minutes and ready to go in the oven. I adapted the recipe slightly putting in a little less sugar than the original and a little less water at the end as I was concerned the mixture was too soft. But otherwise it is exactly as the recipe.
I lined my tins with greaseproof paper as I wanted to be sure they would come out whole. I suspect they would be find in a well greased non-stick cake tin but I just didn’t want to take any chances!
GanacheThe only potentially tickey bit of this recipe is the ganache. I had never made it before (let us be honest I was unsure what ganache was!) so I was concerned this could be trickey. However it turned out to be just fine – and quite easy…
Ganache is simpley a cream and chocolate mixture that makes a chocolate icing. It goes quite solid (but still soft) once cool. It is made by breaking all the chocolate into small pieces and then pouring over heated up double cream and stirring so the chocolate melts and it all makes a wonderful smooth paste
The cocoa powder I bought was good quality and fair trade. The chocolate bars were 70% cocoa solids. I think if you are going to make a chocolate cake it is better to have the good quality choclate. It is more expensive but you do end up with a richer taste. And a large rich chocolate cake does go a long way (alledgedly!!!)
There are many ways you can give your cake a creative flourish. I chose to use little flake type chocolate pieces and a sliced up up mini chocolate roll. It is important to put these on as soon as you have put on the ganache so they stick on as the ganache hardens.
You can use just what you like to decorate it – or leave it perfectly plain. The original recipe shows the cake with smartie type sweets on the top.
The Recipe – adapted from Life At The Zoo – Death By Chocolate
Chocolate Fudge Cake
- 250g / 8oz plain flour
- 325g / 11.5 oz soft brown sugar
- 85g / 3oz cocoa powder
- 1.5 teaspoon baking powder
- 1.5 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 250ml milk
- 125ml vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 125ml boiling water
- Bag of bite size flake or chocolate pieces
- mini chocolate role cut into 5 slices
- 175g good quality dark chocolate
- 125ml double cream
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C
- Grease and line 2 shallow cake tins with grease proof paper
- Place all the ingredients, except for the boiling water, together in a bowl – stirring after the addition of each ingredient to mix well
- Slowly add the boiling water a small amount at at time stirring constantly
- Bake in the oven for 40 minutes
- Allow them to cool in the tins for 15 minutes or so
- Remove from the tin and place on a cooling rack
- When the cake is cook – make the Ganache
- Place the cream in a good, heavy bottomed saucepan
- Heat gently until just beginning to boil Pour ove the broken pieces of chocolate and stir quickly until you have a smooth paste
- Spread about one quarter of the paste over one of the cake halves
- Put the other cake half on top
- Using a knife (a palette knife if you have one) spread it evenly over the whole cake
- Add your decorations
- Place in the fridge for a couple of hours minimum before serving
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