Choc & nut sundae cake

Choc & nut sundae cake

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 20 mins Plus cooling, freezing and defrosting

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Serves 8
A mix of ice-cream, nuts and chocolate equals an utterly irresistible crowd pleaser from baking expert Jane Hornby

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal708
  • fat45g
  • saturates22g
  • carbs67g
  • sugars53g
  • fibre3g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.58g
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    For the cake

    • 85g butter, melted and cooled, plus extra for greasing



      Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

    • 4 tbsp cocoa powder, plus 1 tsp
    • 5 eggs



      The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

    • 175g golden caster sugar
    • 100g plain flour

    For the dark chocolate sauce

    • 100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
      Dark chocolate soup pots with double cream in spoons

      Dark chocolate

      dahk chok-o-let

      Dark chocolate means the shiny, dark-reddish brown treat produced from the cacao bean, theobroma…

    • 50g butter



      Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

    • 1 tbsp golden syrup
      Golden syrup

      Golden syrup

      goal-dun sir-rup

      Golden syrup is a translucent, golden-amber coloured, sweet syrup

    • 1 tbsp instant coffee granules
    • 3 tbsp just-boiled water

    For the ice cream and to decorate

    • 2 x 500ml tubs good-quality vanilla ice cream
    • 4 Cadbury's chocolate Flake bars, crumbled

      Chocolate ganache


      Chocolate ganache is a combination of chocolate and double cream. It's simple to…

    • 100g toasted hazelnut, roughly chopped



      Grown in Europe and the US, hazelnuts are encased in a smooth, hard brown shell but are most…


    1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Butter a 23cm spring-sided cake tin, then line the bottom with baking parchment and butter that as well. Tip 1 tsp cocoa powder into the tin, then tip and turn it so that the bottom and sides get covered in a fine layer. Tip out any cocoa that doesn’t stick.

    2. Put the eggs and sugar into a large bowl and whisk with an electric hand beater for about 5 mins until very thick and pale. Pour the butter in around the edge of the bowl, then sieve in the flour and 4 tbsp cocoa powder. Fold in with a large metal spoon, cutting rather than mixing so that you preserve the bubbles. Pour into the tin and bake for 20 mins or until risen and springy. Cool for 5 mins in the tin, then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.

    3. Get ahead with the chocolate sauce. Put all the ingredients into a microwave-proof bowl and cook on High for 1 min or until the chocolate has melted. Stir briefly until smooth, then cover and set aside. Keep for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

    4. Once the cake is cold, take the ice cream out of the freezer to soften just a little. Cut the cake in half across the middle (the easiest way is to use a bread knife) and put the bottom onto a serving plate. Scoop one tub of ice cream onto the base in an even layer and top with half the crumbled Flake and half the hazelnuts. Top with the other half of cake, then cover that with scoops from the second tub of ice cream and the chocolate and nuts. Serve straight away with the sauce, or freeze for up to 1 month (see Know-how, below).

    5. If you’ve frozen the sauce, take it out to defrost at room temperature a few hrs before serving. Transfer the cake to the fridge 1 hr before you want to serve it. If your chocolate sauce is still a little set, warm it for a few secs in the microwave on Low. Drizzle some of the chocolate sauce over the cake and serve with more in a little jug for pouring.

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    16th Nov, 2008
    This recipe is surprisingly easy and absolutely fantastic when you're doing a big meal with guests. You can prepare the cake and sauce the night before and add the ice cream just before you serve up. Looks amazing and I had many comments of how it looked like a cake you would buy at a restaurant. Tastes absolutely fantastic. Well recommend.
    4th Nov, 2008
    Made this for a barbecue party and it was a complete hit! The recipe might look a bit long, but it's really very very easy.
    29th Aug, 2014
    Can I ask whether I freeze it all together when I have made it or just freeze the cake and then do the rest on the day when I wish to use it? Basically I made the cake on Thursday but want it for Sunday...... Thank you
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    11th Sep, 2014
    Hi there, thanks for your question you can freeze it all ahead.
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