Sunday, 7 February 2010

⫽ choco-love cake

here's a beautifully soft and gorgeous cake to make for those you love:
it's light as a feather so you can have a big slice:
get your tins ready for a heavenly chocolate feast:
*it goes without saying that for this cake it's worth getting the best chocolate and cocoa powder you can get:
I use green & blacks organic: all other ingredients are organic where possible*

you will need:
for the cake .....
200g plain flour
4 tablespoons cocoa powder 
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
200ml milk
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 large eggs
100g butter ~ softened
175g caster sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
for the syrup ....
4 tablespoons of apricot jam
2 tablespoons lemon juice
for the filling ....
50g butter
100g icing sugar
100g chocolate ~ at least 60% cocoa solids

preheat your oven to 190°c/ gas 5/ 375°f
grease two 20cm round cake tins
*I cut some round greaseproof for the bottoms as this baby can be tricky to get out
 if you weren't liberal enough with the greasing: better safe than sorry*
stir the lemon juice into the milk to curdle it:
in a large bowl cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy:
add the beaten eggs a little at a time:
sift the flour, cocoa, bicarb and baking powder into a bowl:
now add a little of this to your butter/sugar mix along
with some of the milk:
beat well and continue to do this until your batter is mixed:
*it might be quite thick but don't worry*
stir in the vanilla extract and divide between the prepared tins:
bake for 20 ~ 25 minutes until springy to the touch:
leave to cool in the tins for a few minutes then turn out
onto a cooling rack:
prick the bases gently all over:
now heat the apricot jam and lemon juice together and  
drizzle over your cooling cakes:

for the filling ....
melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl, placed over a saucepan of
simmering water *make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water*:
set aside to cool slightly:
in a bowl, cream together the butter and sifted icing sugar until smooooth:
now stir in the shiny gorgeous chocolate:
and pile onto one of your cakes:
sandwich them together and shower with icing sugar:
when you can contain yourself no longer ....
slice and eat and smile:
with ❤

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