Chocolate truffle star cake

Chocolate truffle star cake

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(14 ratings)

Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins Prep: 45 mins plus cooling and chilling

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Cuts into 12-14 slices
Glamorous enough to serve as a dessert, this makes a stunning centrepiece. And the bonus is you can make the whole thing ahead and freeze until you need it

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze stars separately

Nutrition: per slice (for 14)

  • kcal428
  • fat27g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars37g
  • fibre0g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.33g
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Ingredients

    For the cake

    • 140g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids, broken into pieces
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    • 140g butter, cut into pieces
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    • 2 tsp coffee granules
    • 50g self-raising flour
    • 50g plain flour
    • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
      Bicarbonate of soda

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

    • 140g light muscovado sugar
    • 140g golden caster sugar
    • 1½ tbsp cocoa powder
    • 2 medium eggs
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    • 3 tbsp soured cream

    For the stars

    • 100g white chocolate
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    • 25g dark chocolate
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    • 5-6 small chocolate truffles
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    For the white chocolate icing

    • 100ml double cream
    • 50g white chocolate, very finely chopped
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    • 1 tbsp boiling water

    For the dark chocolate icing

    • 100ml double cream
    • 2 tsp golden caster sugar
    • 50g dark chocolate, very finely chopped
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    • 1½ tbsp boiling water

    Method

    1. The cake and stars are best made a day ahead (the cake is easier to slice and fill, and the stars have time to set). Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Butter and base-line a deep loaf tin (22 x 11 x 6cm). Put the chocolate and butter for the cake in a saucepan. Mix the coffee with 50ml water, then pour into the pan. Warm through over a low heat, just to melt – be careful not to overheat.

    2. While the chocolate melts, mix both flours with the bicarbonate of soda, both sugars and the cocoa. Break down any lumps in the sugar with your fingers. Beat the eggs, then stir in the soured cream. Pour this and the melted chocolate over the flour mixture, then stir everything together – the mix will be very soft. Pour it into the tin, then bake for about 1½ hrs, or until firm on top. Let the cake cool in the tin (it may crack if you turn it out too soon), then loosen the sides and carefully turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

    3. To make the stars, line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Melt both chocolates separately. Pour and spread the white chocolate thinly into a rectangle on the parchment. Drizzle the dark chocolate off the end of a teaspoon in bold squiggles over the top. Leave in a cool, dry place (not the fridge) until almost set but not hard, then lightly press down with a star cutter, about 5.5cm across, to make at least 6 star outlines. (Make a few extra in case of breakages and wipe the cutter each time you press a star shape.) When completely set, cut through the star outlines with a small sharp knife, then carefully lift them off onto baking parchment.

    4. For the white chocolate icing, heat the cream just to boiling. Remove from the heat, tip in the chocolate and swirl so it starts to melt, then pour in the boiling water and stir to melt completely. Pour into a small bowl and chill in the fridge for about 1 hr to cool and thicken slightly. Beat with an electric hand mixer until thick and glossy.

    5. When the cake is completely cold, place it into the fridge to chill (this makes it easier to slice). Take the cake out of the fridge and turn it over so the flat base becomes the top of the cake. Slice the cake horizontally into three. Sandwich back together with the white chocolate icing, not quite up to the edges. (This can be done a day ahead and chilled.)

    6. For the dark chocolate icing, heat the cream with the sugar just to boiling. Remove from the heat, tip in the chocolate, then stir in the boiling water. Leave to cool and thicken a little. Put the cake on a wire rack with parchment paper underneath (to catch any drips). Pour and spread the icing all over the cake. Leave to set slightly, then arrange the truffles down the centre and prop 5 or 6 of your best stars against them.

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    Comments, questions and tips

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    bozwellox
    8th Dec, 2008
    Hi everyone, I'm definitely going to give this a go as our alternative Christmas cake but I'm a bit worried about failing miserably. Are there any recommendations for what to do/not do so I can avoid the bad results Wilson and Alice (above) had? Thanks!
    alicelucken
    7th Dec, 2008
    I have attempted to make this ahead of christmas day and its a disaster. It sunk as soon as i got it out of the oven and was vey crispy on top and squidgy in the middle. I won't waste it as i'm sure it will still taste good but it doesn't look anything like the one in the picture. Very disappointed.
    bessiewilson
    2nd Dec, 2008
    I don't usually have any problems making a cake, but I have had 2 attempts at this one and it has been a disaster. I followed the recipe exactly, the first one I made in my mixer and cooked in a loaf tin for exactly the correct temperature and time. The outside was crisp and flaked off, the middle was like a pudding. I made it again last night because I don't like being beaten. I mixed it by hand and baked it in a cake tin to make a deeper mix, but again it has come out like a fudgy pudding. It tastes lovely, but it was difficult to turn out because it was heavy and broke up. I tried mouding it together with the white chocolate filling, but sadly it is going to end up as trifle. I don't want to through it away because it does taste nice and the ingredients are expensive. I will be interested in other people's verdicts
    louross
    23rd Nov, 2008
    5.05
    I made this cake for some friends and we all LOVED it! And it was actually really easy to make. I did make some changes, I made a round cake instead and just sliced through once,so I had loads of white choc cream left (found it very hard not to make this the cooks treat!) Will deffo be my christmas cake of choice this year.
    akapuleran
    22nd Nov, 2008
    This was really good and looked just like the picture! It wasn't nearly as hard to make as I thought it would be either!
    chrisbradley
    8th Nov, 2008
    5.05
    This Chocolate Truffle Cake sound truly delicious, Iwill certainly be making it for my family at Christmas, much better than the usual Chocolate Log!!!

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