Chocolate Overdose

I don’t often make a dessert in the week. Mostly because, actually I don’t have a very sweet tooth, my greediness being directed to foods of the savoury variety. Also, because I have better things to do on a weekday evening than spend any unnecessary time in my kitchen. But on highdays and holidays I can usually be persuaded to make a chocolate cake for after dinner. Today was such a day. This is a pretty rich cake, but not ubersweet. I estimate it would serve 8-10.

chco cake

For the cake:

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 225 ml milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarb of soda
  • 50g best cocoa powder
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 3 medium FREE RANGE eggs, beaten

Preheat the oven to gas 4. Grease and line two 8 inch sandwich tins. Add the lemon juice to the milk and leave aside to curdle. In a large bowl, pour in half the sugar and the softened butter and cream them together until light and fluffy. Add the remaining sugar. Then, sieve togther the bicarb, flour and cocoa powder, into the bowl a little at a time, alternating with the soured milk, two or three tablespoons at a time until both are combined. Divide between the two baking tins and put in the oven for 30 minutes. When cooked (when a skewer comes out clean after being dipped into the centre of the cakes), remove from the oven and leave in the tins for ten minutes before cooling on a baking rack.

For the frosting:

  • 250g  good quality plain chocolate (I use green & blacks 72% cocoa. If you don’t use good quality chocolate here, there’s not much point making this)
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 300 ml soured cream

Slice each cake in half widthways to make 4 layers. Break up the chocolate into an ovenproof bowl and melt the chocolate down over a simmering pan of water. Cool down a bit and then stir in the sugar and soured cream. Put one layer on a plate, then spread with a quarter of the frosting. Repeat with all the layers and top with the frosting.


2 Responses to Chocolate Overdose

  1. Rosie says:

    That looks scrummy – don’t suppose you could send some to me?
    P.S. Was this part of your ‘land a man’ scheme? 😉

  2. Greedy Rosie says:

    Hello other Rosie!

    Believe me, a woman of your skills could make this in a heartbeat. Its very easy. It tastes better the next day too.

    Man already well landed by this point, more like a ‘reward a small child for patience and bravery in the face of a three hour traffic jam well past his bedtime scheme’. Sadly, the chocolate icing was a touch too dark for him. Oh well 🙂

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