Wedding cake - rich dark chocolate cake

Wedding cake - rich dark chocolate cake

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 30 mins Plus cooling

Easy

Serves 50
This recipe makes the bottom layer of our three tier wedding cake or a simple delicious chocolate cake, perfect with a touch of cream

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal274
  • fat16g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars20g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.23g
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Ingredients

  • 650g unsalted butter
  • 650g plain chocolate (70% cocoa)
  • 100ml very strong coffee- espresso is ideal
  • 3 tsp vanilla essence
    Vanilla

    Vanilla

    van-ill-ah

    The sun-dried seed pod of a type of climbing orchid, vanilla has an inimitable soft, sweet…

  • 650g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 950g light soft brown sugar
  • 10 egg
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

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

  • 2 x 284ml/9½ fl oz soured cream

Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Butter, double-line and wrap the sides of the 30cm deep-round cake tin as before. Put the butter and chocolate into a medium saucepan, then stir over a low heat until melted and smooth. Stir in the coffee and vanilla.

  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into the biggest bowl you have. Add the sugar, breaking down any lumps with your fingertips if necessary. Beat the eggs and soured cream together in a jug or bowl and pour into the flour mix. Pour in the melted chocolate mix as well, then stir with a wooden spoon until you have a thick, even chocolaty batter.

  3. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 2½ hrs – don’t open the oven door before 2 hrs is up, as this will cause the cake to sink. Once cooked, leave in the tin to cool completely. The unfilled cake will keep for up to four days, wrapped as before, or frozen for a month.

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helford
12th Mar, 2013
The first time I made this cake I made it for my daughters wedding and it was fine but I've made it twice recently and it's been a disaster! After 2 hours in the oven the cake has risen and then sunk in the oven, the top is also very hard, although it still tastes delicious.The result is I only get 2 layers out, does anyone have any ideas why this might have happened?
harribo
9th Mar, 2013
I am using the chocolate recipe for a wedding cake. I had it in ther oven for 3 hours as when I put a skewer in it kept coming out uncooked. When it was cooked at 3 hours I removed it from the oven it within half an hour it sunk in the centre, any ideas why organs anyone else had this issue? Also I want to slice this cAke in 3 to buttercream it, any tips on slicing neatly? Thanks
annamarkall
6th Mar, 2013
Hi has anyone tried this recipe , omitting the coffee?
hilaryandjason
1st Mar, 2013
Waiting to taste test but I made this for a 12 x 12 x 1.5" square using proportions for 6 eggs 2 hours @ 315F with baking bands looks perfect and is completely level! This is a trial cake for the bottom tier of a Bat Mitzvah cake I am making in a month or so ;)
jojobinx72
3rd Feb, 2013
4.05
I baked half the amount in an 8" square tin at around 135-140 in a fan oven. I took it out at 2 hours. The top is definitely crusty but the cake inside is divine. I was doing a trial as have to make my friends wedding cake in 2 weeks and wanted something moist yet firm as am stacking an 8" Directly on top of a 10". Unfortunately this cake seems a bit crumbly despite being so, so moist; I followed the recipe / instructions to the letter; any idea why it is crumbly? Is it over baked / under baked? I am at a loss. I wrapped outside of the tin in 5 sheets of newspaper and double layer of lining inside. Can anybody please offer any advice? Much appreciated :-) thanks I. Advance!
aggie86
24th Jan, 2013
How tall should be the tin. I bought one but it doesnt look tall enough...
HGosal
19th Jan, 2013
Tasted amazing and even better after leaving for a few days. I made a third of the recipe which filled a 24cm round tin. I split it, filled with chocolate fudge buttercream, iced it, decorated it and we had it for dessert for christmas, It went down really well. I reckon this will be my basic chocolate cake from now on.
50midge
16th Jan, 2013
Have made this cake twice now, both times despite following the recipe to the letter, the cake sank in the middle. It was crusty on top and soggy in the middle. tastes nice but I was not able to use as a birthday cake as planed. Has cost me a fortune and I still dont have a cake for my grandson!
plumdove
5th Jan, 2013
5.05
Made this as bottom layer of daughter's wedding cake with the lemon drizzle and light fruit cake as per the other recipes - all superb!
bettybakes56
7th Dec, 2012
I am making this for my friends wedding cake, I have scaled down the chocolate cake to a 10" tin wondered how long to cook it for? I'm an experienced baker but having read all the comments it seems the recipe is fairly runny....

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