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Cocolate Cake

Published Friday, 16 April, 2010 by charlotte

perfect for your birthday !!!!



  • 1. 200g of good quality dark chocolate
  • 2. 200g of butter (cut in pieces)
  • 3. 1 table spoon of instant coffee granules
  • 4. 85g of self-raising flour
  • 5. 85g of plain flour
  • 6. ¼ table spoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 7. 200g of light muscovado sugar
  • 8. 200g of golden caster sugar
  • 9. 25g of cocoa powder
  • 10. 3x medium eggs
  • 11.75ml of buttermilk (5 table soons )
  • 12. grated chocolate or curls, to decorate
  • 1. 200g of good-quality dark chocolate ( as above )
  • 2. 284ml carton double cream (pouring type)
  • 3. 2 table spoons of golden caster sugar


1.Butter a 20cm round cake tin (7.5cm deep) and line the base. Preheat the oven to fan 140C/conventional 160C/ gas 3. Break the chocolate in pieces into a medium, heavy-based pan. Tip in the butter, then mix the coffee granules into 125ml cold water and pour into the pan. Warm through over a low heat just until everything is melted - don't overheat. Or melt in the microwave on Medium for about 5 minutes, stirring half way through.

2.While the chocolate is melting, mix the two flours, bicarbonate of soda, sugars and cocoa in a big bowl, mixing with your hands to get rid of any lumps. Beat the eggs in a bowl and stir in the buttermilk.

3.Now pour the melted chocolate mixture and the egg mixture into the flour mixture, stirring just until everything is well blended and you have a smooth, quite runny consistency. Pour this into the tin and bake for 1 hour 25- 1 hour 30 minutes - if you push a skewer in the centre it should come out clean and the top should feel firm (don't worry if it cracks a bit). Leave to cool in the tin (don't worry if it dips slightly), then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

4.When the cake is cold, cut it horizontally into three. Make the ganache: chop the chocolate into small pieces and tip into a bowl. Pour the cream into a pan, add the sugar, and heat until it is about to boil. Take off the heat and pour it over the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.

5.Sandwich the layers together with just a little of the ganache. Pour the rest over the cake letting it fall down the sides and smoothing to cover with a palette knife. Decorate with grated chocolate or a pile of chocolate curls. The cake keeps moist and gooey for 3-4 days

6. enjoy !


  • mel 8 years ago

    cocolate cake..pahaha!

  • zoe 9 years ago

    i love it

  • jack w. 9 years ago

    this cake was lush but i had to throw lodes of it away as it is very rich and i didnt eat it all before about 5 days so after that time it wasnt very nice but it was nice to start with and i think it would be prfect for someones brithday

  • charlotte 9 years ago

    yeah adding your own stuff to it will make it just that little bit more special x

  • ellie 9 years ago

    i loved this cake that i make for my small sister for her birthday and she loved it and i added some strawberries to make it even better ! x

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