Monday, 11 July 2016

Double chocolate layer cake.

A scrumptious bake that combines two delicious chocolate flavours, with a yummy chocolate base and a tasty white chocolate frosting making for one rather delicious cake, and of course it's delightfully easy to make!

  200g caster sugar
  200g butter
  3 large eggs
  160g self raising flour
  40g cocoa powder

For the frosting
  70g butter
  140g icing sugar
  60g melted white chocolate

Pre heat your oven to 190c/170c fan/gas mark 5, grease and line two 20cm cake tins.

Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then add in the eggs one at a time, mixing as you go.

Fold in the self raising flour and cocoa powder and mix well to combine, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl to ensure that it's fully mixed in.

Divide the mixture between the two tins, then bake for 20-25 minutes till risen.

Leave the cakes in the tins for 10 minutes to allow them to cool slightly, then remove them from the tins and place on a wire rack to cool down.

Once your yummy cake bases have cooled it's time to make a start on that tasty frosting. Melt your white chocolate down first, you can do this in a double boiler or speed things up by blasting it in the microwave for quick 10-15 second bursts till it's melted, doing it this way ensures that it won't burn in the microwave, or overheat.

Then set it aside whilst you make the frosting.

Sift half of the icing sugar into a large bowl with the butter, then whisk till fully combined, sift in the remaining icing sugar till blended for a good 2-3 minutes. Then spoon in the melted chocolate to combine it, you could add a splash of gin or vodka to really enhance the flavour of the frosting, just add a little dash of booze, then give it a good whisk to mix.

Place the base of the cake onto a plate, then spoon 2/3 of the mixture on top and spread evenly over the cake with a palette knife. Then place the second half of the cake on top, and spoon the remaining frosting on top, again spreading it evenly with a palette knife to cover the top of the cake. For a lovely finishing touch take a piece of the white chocolate and grate it on top of the cake, covering it with lovely curls of chocolate, yum!