White & dark chocolate cake

White & dark chocolate cake

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 30 mins

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Cuts into 12 slices
For big celebrations this cake is a must, four layers of moist sponge, lashings of chocolate ganache and the crunch of Maltesers

Nutrition and extra info

  • Cake only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal565
  • fat39g
  • saturates22g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars37g
  • fibre1g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.62g
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  • 175g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 100g white chocolate (we like M & S or Green & Black’s with real vanilla)
  • 100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa)
  • 3 egg



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  • 100ml whole or semi-skimmed milk
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
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  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp very strong coffee (instant is fine)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the ganache and to decorate

  • 284ml pot double cream
  • 200g dark chocolate (70% cocoa)
  • 50g white chocolate, melted
  • small bag white chocolate Maltesers (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and bottom-line 2 x 20cm sandwich tins. For the cake, break the white and dark chocolate into two small bowls, then melt in the microwave on High for 1 min or over a pan of simmering water. Put everything else, except the coffee and vanilla, into a large bowl, then beat until creamy.

  2. Divide the mixture in two, then add the coffee and melted dark chocolate to one bowl, and the vanilla and melted white chocolate to the other. Stir until mixed through, then tip into the tins. Bake for 20-25 mins until risen and slightly shrunk from the sides of the tins. Cool in the tins for a few mins, then turn onto a wire rack.

  3. For the ganache, heat the cream in a pan, then break the dark chocolate into a large bowl. Once the cream is just boiling, pour it onto the chocolate, then leave for 5 mins. Stir until smooth, then leave until thickened and cool. Split the cakes in two across the middle (a bread knife works well), layer up the pieces, alternating white and dark layers, and sandwiching, then topping them with the ganache.

  4. To decorate, spoon the melted white chocolate into a piping bag with a fine nozzle (or use a sandwich bag and snip off the end instead). Zig-zag the white chocolate over the cake, then finish with a scattering of white Maltesers. Serve on its own or for dessert with pouring cream. Best eaten on the day, but keeps in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Comments (74)

juliebahrain's picture

Made this for a friend's birthday. I had to cook it for an extra 10 mins. It's a lovely light cake and not too sweet but I didn't have enough ganache to sandwich all the layers together.

rikkeharders's picture

Really good cake. Esay to make..

vicplum's picture

I used the white chocolate part of this cake as the recipe for my daughter's wedding cake. I made three square tiers 7" , 9" and 11" and everyone loved it.

shamrock26's picture

I don't know where I screwed but it was dry and crumble, the white chocolate wasn't tasty... I'm disappointed but I think it comes from me because all the comments are good!

tropics's picture

I've just made the ganache in this recipe to use with the choc.
wedding cake. I found that the chocolate/double cream
mixture has become oily and when put in the fridge the
butterfat has set - hasn't affected the taste, just looks not very
nice. Perhaps our Australian double cream is different from the
UK variety? Any suggestions, anyone?

ermintrude75's picture

I made this into marbled cupcakes by putting a good spoonful of each batter into a cake/muffin case - it made 20 decent sized ones. Cooked for 25 mins at 160 (fan) but they sank a little on cooling. The 70% chocolate is a bit full-on for the ganache, as others have said. Would recommend Green & Black's "darker shade of milk" instead.

Also, microwaving on "full power" is a poor instruction. Please give an idea of wattage. After 1 min at "full power" (900W) my white chocolate was part-melted, and part-caramelised inside, as I found when I stirred it. I had to sieve out the burnt sugar! Maybe brand makes a difference?

dr_wizard's picture

Left the coffee out and made this for a family celebration - went down an absolute treat - looks really impressive and tastes fantastic!

notmum's picture

Really easy to make, nice light sponge, only one little niggle.... I couldn't really taste the white chocolate in the sponge, but I will probably make it again.

kathrynbraunton's picture

Can anyone please advise how much I would need to adjust the quantities in order to make the cake in 25cm pans? I'd like to make this cake for my daughters birthday, and need to make it larger in order to feed a large, extended family!

hattiechambers's picture

Fiddly to make with lots of washing up - however the finished cake did look and taste great (dark layer too strong/bitter for the kids though).

lauragemma's picture

since making this for the first time i now always have one in the freezer as stand by , freezing does not alter the enjoyment of the cake .
My work colleages insist we have this cake once a month they call it debs teaser cake

georgeb74's picture

Nice cake but I used dark choc that was too strong in taste (100%!!) so it was quite bitter (even when mixed with milk choc). I loved the white choc cake though and would prob make that again as a cake in its own right - lovely looking cake for easter though, everyone seemed to enjoy.

mother_ship's picture

Delicious cake, great combination of sweet white and slightly bitter dark chocolate. Definitely needs longer cooking than stated and I have to say I didn't have the nerve to slice the layers in half, I was too worried about them breaking up. Also the ganache took *ages* to thicken up so it might be worth doing this first.

deesmith's picture

I made this for my grandson's birthday party this weekend. I cooked it an extra 5 minutes as I had ready previous comments. It turned out beautifully, will definitely make it again. It was a big hit. Thank you Jane.

lauramillard's picture

I've made this a few times since last Easter, and have been asked to make it for lots of people's birthdays. I leave out the coffee and it still tastes great. I find it's easier to cook the cakes as four seperate ones. This means they take less time to cook and there's no danger of them breaking when you split them.

sana70's picture

This recipe looks good but the egg size is not mentioned. Those of you who have tried this out pl. let me know the egg size-medium /large. thanks

alicealice10's picture

Just made this for my son's birthday. Easy to make and timings were fine. Quite dense and beautifully chocolatey. If I made it again however I would add some alcohol sprinkled over the layers (tia maria or kahlua probably) - it was very rich. Ended up by leaving out the white chocolate icing, had terrible trouble melting the white chocolate in the microwave, it went too thick and gloopy and split the piping bag! Any suggestions folks? Ganache thickened up wonderfully with twenty minutes in the freezer once cool, followed by a quick stir! Looked beautiful once adorned with long gold and silver candles. Will definitely make again (especially an alcoholic version for grown ups to serve with pouring cream).

kd1838's picture

Made this for my sons birthday. Everyone loved it! I followed the advice people had been giving but mine was slightly overcooked. So I think the cooking times suggested in the recipe are correct, obviously depends on your oven. I think I will have it in dish with runny cream next time.

erimar's picture

I made this cake for my son's birthday yeterday but I added blackcurrant jam and double cream to the layers which I think made it a bit more child friendly. It went down a treat :)

juliebolam's picture

Just gorgeous - its a firm favorite in our house and a birthday cake fav. Lovely and moist and keeps well for a few days.


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