Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Chocolate Cake

'' My chocolate cake special :) made with almonds, cashew and raisins''


For the cake
• 125g dark chocolate
• 3 tbsp milk
• 150g butter, at room temperature
• 150g caster sugar
• 3 eggs
• 200g plain flour
• 1 tbsp good quality cocoa powder
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
• cocoa powder or icing sugar, for dusting (optional)

For the chocolate butter icing
• 75g butter, at room temperature
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 175g icing sugar
• 1 tbsp good quality cocoa powder

1. Preheat the oven to 180/gas 4. Butter and flour the sides of two 20cm sandwich tins and line the bases with greaseproof paper.

2. For the cake: place the chocolate and the milk in a bowl sitting over a saucepan of gently simmering water and heat until the chocolate has melted. (Make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the surface of the water.) Set aside to cool slightly.

3. Beat the butter until very soft then add the caster sugar and continue to beat until the mixture is pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then fold in the melted chocolate.

4. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and the bicarbonate of soda, and fold in gently to mix. bake in the oven for 25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle of each cake comes out clean.

5. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to sit for five minutes before turning them out of their tins and placing them on a wire rack to cool.

6. For the chocolate butter icing: beat the butter, cream and the vanilla extract until very soft. Then gradually sift in the icing sugar and the cocoa powder, beating all the time, until it is all added. Continue to beat until very soft, then whisk the mixture until it is light and fluffy.

7. Once the cakes are cool, sandwich them together with the chocolate butter icing. Place the cake on a plate or a cake stand and either dust with cocoa powder, or make double quantities of the chocolate butter icing and spread over the cake.

For the icing, i used roasted cashew and almonds and raisin to decorate on top.
I added grounded almonds to the cake mixture too.

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