100 Happy Days – Day 13 (Chocolate Cake)

Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and buttercream

I thought I’d bake something today as I haven’t baked anything for aaaaages so decided to do a chocolate cake🙂 I made a devil’s food cake, but since there are so many versions online, I kind of mushed them up into one and it turned out pretty nice.

Ingredients:
For the cake:
 85g margarine
 200g sugar
 2 eggs
 50g cocoa
 220ml hot water
 170g self raising flour
 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the ganache icing:
 50g milk chocolate
 25ml single cream

For the buttercream icing:
 56g icing sugar
 21g margarine
 10g cocoa
Method:
For the ganache icing
 1. Heat the chocolate and cream in a pan until all melted and smooth
 2. Leave to cool to room temperature, then put in the fridge for about 10 mins
 3. Whisk the mix until it becomes lighter in colour and slightly thicker

For the buttercream icing
1. Mix together the margarine, icing sugar and cocoa
2. Whisk quickly to make it slightly fluffier

For the cake:
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease and line two 20cm baking tins
2. Add the hot water to the cocoa, mix well and leave to cool
3. Cream together the margarine and sugar
4. Add the egg and vanilla and mix together
5. Add the cocoa mix and mix well
6. Sift in the flour and fold it in
7. Divide evenly between the two tins
8. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the cake
9. Leave to cool completely
10. Spread the chocolate ganache on one cake, and the buttercream on the other
Melt together the cream and chocolate

Melt together the cream and chocolate

 

Leave to cool to room temperature then put in the fridge for 10 minutes

Leave to cool to room temperature then put in the fridge for 10 minutes

 

Take the ganache out of the fridge and whisk for a few minutes until lighter in colour

Take the ganache out of the fridge and whisk for a few minutes until lighter in colour

 

Sift together the icing sugar, margarine, and cocoa

Sift together the icing sugar, margarine, and cocoa

 

Whisk until creamier in texture

Whisk until creamier in texture

 

Mix the hot water and cocoa

Mix the hot water and cocoa

 

Cream together the margarine and sugar

Cream together the margarine and sugar

 

Add in the egg and vanilla

Add in the egg and vanilla

 

Whisk until smooth

Whisk until smooth

 

Add the cocoa mix

Add the cocoa mix

 

Mix well until smooth

Mix well until smooth

 

Sift in the flour

Sift in the flour

 

Fold in the flour carefully

Fold in the flour carefully until all combined

 

Divide the mixture into two tins

Divide the mixture into two tins and bake for about 25 minutes

 

Remove the cakes from the tins and leave to cool

Remove the cakes from the tins and leave to cool

 

Spread the milk chocolate ganache on to one of the cakes

Spread the milk chocolate ganache on to one of the cakes

 

Place the other cake on top and spread the buttercream over the top and sides

Place the other cake on top and spread the buttercream over the top and sides

 

Grate over some white chocolate to make it look pretty!

Grate over some white chocolate to make it look pretty (then eat the whole cake by yourself!)

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