Chocolate cake with ganache

    1 hour 50 min

    This is a moist and tender cake. The chocolate cake is covered with chocolate ganache, chocolate curls and fresh strawberries. It's the perfect birthday cake for any chocoholic.

    40 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 125g unsalted butter
    • 150g dark brown soft sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 125g self-raising flour, sifted
    • 4 tablespoons plain flour, sifted
    • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 30g unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 100g plain chocolate, melted and cooled
    • 175ml milk
    • For the Topping
    • 375g plain chocolate
    • 175ml double cream
    • chocolate curls and strawberries

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

    1. Preheat oven to 160 C / Gas 2 1/2. Grease a deep 20cm round cake tin and line with baking parchment.
    2. Beat butter and sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time until just combined.
    3. Stir in self-raising flour, plain flour, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa, 100g melted chocolate and milk. Spread in cake tin and bake for approximately 1 hour 15 minutes or until firm to touch.
    4. Leave in cake tin for 15 minutes, then turn onto wire rack to cool.
    5. To make the ganache topping: Place 375g chocolate and cream in a medium saucepan. Stir over low-heat until chocolate is melted. Transfer mixture to a bowl, cover and refrigerate until almost set.
    6. Beat this ganache with an electric mixer until pale and spread over the top and sides of the cake. Press chocolate curls around sides. Decorate top with strawberries and extra chocolate curls.
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