Moist Chocolate Cake

Moist Chocolate Cake

Moist Chocolate Cake

I have never been the biggest cake fan – don’t know why really.  The better half is not the biggest fan either (unless its got lemon in it – see Lemon Poppy loaf recipe here and Lemon Drizzle cake here) However, I LOVE baking.  A couple of weeks ago, me and P had gone out to Pizza Express for lunch and I had a discount code that entitled us to 3-course lunch for 12.95 – brilliant!  So we had our lunch and both us of ordered the chocolate cake for dessert.  I was full up and decided to give my dessert to one of the boys back in the office – but not before I took a little taste (just to see what it was like) It was lovely – and I mean, really really good. The chocolate inside was moist and fudgey, and, paired with the vanilla ice-cream on the side – they definitely were on to a winner.  I felt almost bad to give it away, but if i ate anymore, i fear i would have spontaneously combusted.

So, that brings me to today.  I decided I was going to try and replicate the Pizza Express cake and my taste tester once again, his-holiness of taste-buds, the better half.  Full recipe adapted from here, although I lessened the sugar (best keep the diabetes away eh?!) 🙂

Ingredients

Moist Chocolate Cake Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 200g good quality dark chocolate , about 70% cocoa solids
  • 200g butter
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee granules
  • 85g self-raising flour
  • 85g plain flour
  • 1⁄4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 200g light muscovado sugar
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 75ml buttermilk (5 tbsp)
  • grated chocolate or curls, to decorate

FOR THE GANACHE

  • 200g good quality dark chocolate , as above
  • 284ml carton double cream (pouring type)
  • 2 tbsp golden caster sugar

Butter a 20cm round cake tin (7.5cm deep) and line the base. Preheat the oven to fan 140C/conventional 160C/ gas 3.

break 200g of dark chocolate

break 200g of dark chocolate

Break 200g good quality dark chocolate in pieces into a medium, heavy-based pan.

weigh out 200g of unsalted butter

weigh out 200g of unsalted butter

Cut 200g butter into pieces

Mix chocolate and unsalted butter in small pan over low heat

Mix chocolate and unsalted butter in small pan over low heat

Tip in with the chocolate.  Stir mixture till butter and chocolate are melted – be careful not to overheat and cook the chocolate!

mix 1tbsp of instant coffee with 125ml cold water

mix 1tbsp of instant coffee with 125ml cold water

Mix 1 tbsp instant coffee granules into 125ml cold water and pour into the pan.

pour coffee mixture into pan of melted chocolate and butter

pour coffee mixture into pan of melted chocolate and butter

Warm through over a low heat just until everything is melted – don’t overheat. Or melt in the microwave on Medium for about 5 minutes, stirring half way through.

85grams plain flour

85grams plain flour

85g self raising flour

85g self raising flour

200g muscovado sugar

200g muscovado sugar

100g golden caster sugar

100g golden caster sugar

30g cocoa powder

30g cocoa powder

While the chocolate is melting, mix 85g self-raising flour, 85g plain flour, ¼ bicarbonate of soda, 200g light muscovado sugar, 200g golden caster sugar and 30g cocoa powder in a big bowl

mix dry ingredients

mix dry ingredients

Mix with your hands to get rid of any lumps.

break 3 eggs in a bowl

break 3 eggs in a bowl

Beat 3 medium eggs in a bowl

stir in 75ml butter milk

stir in 75ml butter milk

Stir in 75ml (5 tbsp) buttermilk. The Tesco near us did not sell buttermilk, BUT fret not my lovelies, the better half is a magician that knows how to actually MAKE buttermilk! Its actually easier than you think, so, if like me you could not find butter milk, please follow below steps:

  • Buy a tub of double milk (300ml gets you about 150ml of butter milk)
  • SHAKE double cream for ages in its container till you can hear it ‘separate’ into buttermilk and buttercream (buttercream is the harder substance, yellow solid)
  • Open up container and press  buttercream with back of spoon like below picture

    squeeze buttercream to get buttermilk!

    squeeze buttercream to get buttermilk!

Voila – the white liquid you see is buttermilk!

buttermilk!

buttermilk! from doublecream!

I will do a post about how you can then use the remaining buttercream and make your very own homemade butter soon – right, back to the Moist Chocolate Cake recipe!

pour chocolate mixture intro dry ingredients

pour chocolate mixture intro dry ingredients

pour buttermilk and egg mixture into chocolate mixture (above)

pour buttermilk and egg mixture into chocolate mixture (above)

Now pour the melted chocolate mixture and the egg mixture into the flour mixture, stirring just until everything is well blended and you have a smooth, quite runny consistency.

pour into 20inch cake tin

pour into 20inch cake tin

Pour this into the tin and bake for 1 hour 25- 1 hour 30 minutes – if you push a skewer in the center it should come out clean and the top should feel firm (don’t worry if it cracks a bit – or in my case, looks like it had its own earthquake!!)

leave to cool in the tin

leave to cool in the tin

Leave to cool in the tin (don’t worry if it dips slightly), then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

cut cake horizontally in two

cut cake horizontally in two

When the cake is cold, cut it horizontally into two.

Make the ganache

cut 200g of chocolate

cut 200g of chocolate

chop 200g good quality dark chocolate (I mixed milk chocolate as well)  into small pieces and tip into a bowl.

pour 284ml double cream and caster sugar together in pan

pour 284ml double cream and caster sugar together in pan

Pour a 284ml carton of double cream into a pan, add 2 tbsp golden caster sugar, and heat until it is about to boil.

pour cream and sugar mixture over chocolate

pour cream and sugar mixture over chocolate

Take off the heat and pour it over the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.

layer layer of the chocolate ganach over the middle of cake

layer layer of the chocolate ganache over the middle of cake

Sandwich the layers together with just a little of the ganache.

pour remaining ganache on the top of cake

pour remaining ganache on the top of cake

Pour the rest over the cake letting it fall down the sides and smoothing to cover with a palette knife.

chocolate shavings

chocolate shavings

Use knife to shave some chocolate from chocolate pieces – be careful not to shave your fingers!

Moist Chocolate Cake

Moist Chocolate Cake

Decorate with grated chocolate or a pile of chocolate curls. The cake keeps moist and gooey for 3-4 days.

Happy baking lovelies!

KimmyX

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