Monday, 1 September 2014

Death By Chocolate Cake

This week's recipe is one I concocted with my dear friend Caz. It's a bit of a beast and actually took quite a while to make, but it was well worth it! It's based on a Mary Berry recipe but adapted slightly, so it's a lot bigger (we had three baking tins making a six layer cake)

Death By Chocolate Cake - serves 15

450g plain flour
4 and a half tablespoons cocoa powder
2 and a half teaspoons baking powder
2 and a half teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
325g caster sugar
4 and a half tablespoons golden syrup
5 eggs
340ml sunflower oil
340ml milk
675g plain chocolate
300g unsalted butter
approx 25g white chocolate


1. Preheat the oven to 160°C
2. Lightly grease and line the three baking tins using greaseproof paper
3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl
4. Add the caster sugar and mix well
5. Add the golden syrup, eggs, oil and milk and beat together using a wooden spoon (until smooth)
6. Pour the mixture into the prepared tins
7. Bake in the oven for approximately 35 minutes until the cakes are well risen
8. Leave to cool on a wire rack 
9. Once cooled, cut each cake horizontally in half
10. Put the plain chocolate in a bowl over a hot pan of water on a low heat setting and stir the chocolate occasionally until melted
11. Add the butter to the chocolate and stir until the butter has melted
12. Put half of one of the cakes on a wire rack and place a baking tray underneath to catch the drips
13. Spoon a little of the icing onto the cake and spread evenly, making sure to cover the entire layer (top and sides)
14. Repeat with all of the layers until you reach the final layer, pour the remainder of the chocolate mixture over the top and put in the fridge to set for approximately 10 minutes
15. Grate the white chocolate using a cheese grater and sprinkle evenly over the top of the cake
16. Leave the cake to set in the fridge for a further two hours

It's a really rich cake and is incredibly filling so don't take too much at once! Enjoy!