Recipe | Simple Chocolate Cake with a Fancy Finish
I have been wanting to try my hand at making more professional looking cakes, and with my thesis completed and my mother's birthday in tow, now was the perfect time to try. This cake looks a little fancy but was actually very quick and simple to make. For an even better finish, I would recommend doing another layer of ganache over the original ganache (once set) to achieve an even cleaner finish (I just ran out of cream, so had to settle).
Cake (adapted from Buddy Valastro recipe)
1.5 cups flour
1.5 cups caster sugar
½ softened butter
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
100 grams chocolate, melted
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 milk combined with 1/2 tsp lemon juice, allow this mixture to stand for at least 5 minutes before using
1/2 cup thickened cream
150grams dark chocolate chips
1. Mix together the flour, sugar, butter, cocoa, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl until well combined.
2. Pour in the chocolate, mix for 1 minute.
3. Pour in the hot water. Then add the eggs, one at a time, waiting until the first one is well combined.
4. Mix in the milk/lemon combination.
5. Pour the mixture into a greased 12-15 inch cake pan and bake for 20-30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. Test with a skewer to see if the cake is cooked all the way through.
6. Let the cake cool before removing from the pan
1. In a small pan over low heat, add the cream and chocolate, constantly stirring until the chocolate is completely melted and well combined.
Assembling the cake
1. Once the cake is completely cool, place on a wire rack (place a newspaper under it to save on the cleaning). Pour the ganache onto the top of the cake. Using a straight edge cake scraper, or the flat end of a butter knife, smooth the ganache over the top of the cake. Using the scraper or knife, smooth the dripping ganache around the sides.
2. Arrange the berries and desiccated coconut as desired.