Now who doesn’t like chocolate cake!! This is my favourite chocolate cake recipe, the sponge is moist and with the ganache its like the perfect dessert and it comes from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible.
“This will become your favourite chocolate cake recipe – it is the best! It is speedy to make and the easy filling doubles as an icing. The cake is moist and has a ‘grown-up’ chocolate flavour”.
– Mary Berry
How she describes this cake just makes you think I’ve got to bake that, you won’t regret it, this cake is delicious!
This cake is great for an afternoon treat, save it for dessert or you could even do it as a birthday cake… It is so yummy everyone will love it!
50g Sifted Cocoa Powder
6 tablespoons Boiling Water
3 Large Eggs
175g Self Raising Flour
1 rounded teaspoon Baking Powder
100g Butter, softened
275g Caster Sugar
For the Icing and Filling
3 tablespoons Apricot Jam
150g Plain Chocolate (39% Cocoa Solids)
150ml (¼ pint) Double Cream
1. Pre-heat the oven to Gas mark 4/180°C/Fan 160°C. Grease two 20 cm (8 inch) deep sandwich tins and line the bases with baking parchment.
2. Blend the cocoa powder and boiling water in a large bowl then add the remaining cake ingredients and beat until the mixture has become a smooth, thickish batter. Then divide the cake mixture equally between the two prepared sandwich tins and level the surface using a back of a spoon.
3. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 25–30 minutes or until the cakes are well risen and the tops spring back when lightly pressed with a finger. Leave to cool in the tins for a few minutes before turning them out, removing the baking parchment and transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
4. To make the filling and topping, start by warming the apricot jam in a small pan, then spread a little over both the base of one cake and the top of the other. Now to make the ganache icing break the dark chocolate into pieces and pour the cream in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water and gently heat together for about 10 minutes or just until the chocolate has melted, stirring occasionally.
5. Remove the bowl from the heat (I suggest doing this with a towel, as quite a bit of steam comes from the saucepan) and stir the chocolate mixture to make sure it has completely melted and that there are no lumps. Leave to cool until it is on the point of setting, then spread on top of the apricot jam on both cakes. Sandwich the cakes together and use a small palette knife to smooth the ganache on the top. Keep in a cool place until ready to serve.
Mary serves her cake with the ganache sandwiching her sponges together and some for the topping. If you want, you can then decorate the top of your cake however you like. Here are a few examples of how I have done the cake.
Here I used 7-inch sandwich tins.
3 layers of sponge and look at that ganache… hmmm yummy.
I just decorated it with a few snowflakes.
Here is the cake I did for Easter before adding extra decorations. It is 3 layers of 8-inch sponge (I double the recipe, with the spare mixture I made cupcakes) I then filled and covered the entire cake with ganache and smoothed it all over. Even like this it looks yummy!
I have also used this recipe to make cupcakes, it works great. The only thing that you need to do extra is whip the ganache. Once the melted the chocolate and cream have cooled use a hand held mixer to beat it until thick and fluffy. Transfer this to a piping bag and get decorating.
Tips from Mary Berry
The cake can be frozen (iced or un-iced) for up to 1 month. Store in a round freezer-proof container about 2.5 cm (1 in) bigger than the diameter of the cake. Sit the cake on the inside of the lid and place the container over the top. Seal, label and freeze.
If the cake is frozen iced, the icing will not be quite as shiny once thawed. To defrost, release the lid but leave in position and thaw for 4 hours at room temperature.
Are you all overloaded on chocolate now!
I hope you enjoy this chocolate cake recipe as much as me, and that some of my ideas have been of some inspiration or if you have any other ideas I would love to know… Emails or Tweet as you could inspire me!