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How to make chocolate cake

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How to make a chocolate cake with ganache topping.

Points to remember

  • Melt the chocolate and butter with the coffee in a heavy-based pan.
  • Mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, light muscovado sugar, golden caster sugar and cocoa powder in a separate bowl. Break any lumps with your fingertips.
  • Beat the eggs and stir in the buttermilk.
  • Pour the chocolate and egg mixtures into the flour, stirring to a smooth consistency.
  • Pour into your prepared tin and bake in a preheated oven.
  • Chop the chocolate for the ganache.
  • Heat the cream and sugar until nearly boiling and pour over the chopped chocolate.
  • Cut the cake in half or thirds and lift the layer or layers off.
  • Put the bottom layer on your serving dish and spoon on a little ganache over. Repeat with the next layer if you've cut your cake into thirds.
  • Put the top layer on the cake and pour over the remaining ganache.
  • Use a palette knife to smooth it over the surface.
  • Decorate with chocolate curls.



For the full recipe, see our Ultimate chocolate cake recipe.


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