Italian Chocolate Cake

Italian Chocolate Cake


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About this recipe: Wow your guests with this simple, yet delectable chocolate cake. It's rich, chocolately and truly delicious. Chocolate sponge cake is topped with a chocolate frosting. Perfect for dinner parties, afternoon tea or even for birthdays. Serve with fresh berries, if desired.

The Pellettiere's

Serves: 18 

  • 50g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 175ml boiling water
  • 250ml soured cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 285g plain flour
  • 115g unsalted butter
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 90g unsalted butter, softened
  • 75g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 320g icing sugar
  • 120ml milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Prep:40min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

  1. In a small bowl, mix together 50g cocoa and 175ml boiling water; set aside.
  2. In another small bowl, dissolve bicarbonate of soda in the soured cream by stirring them together.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the 115g butter and 400g sugar. To the butter and sugar mixture, alternately add the sieved flour and the cocoa mixture with the soured cream mixture. Beat until fluffy. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold in the egg whites and 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla.
  4. Grease a 23x33cm or similar sized dish and pour the batter into it. Bake at 150 C / Gas 2 for 50 minutes. Frost with chocolate frosting (see below).
  5. Chocolate Frosting: Cream 6 tablespoons butter in a small bowl. Add 75g cocoa and icing sugar alternately with milk; beat until spreading consistency. More or less milk can be used depending on the texture you want. Blend in the vanilla.

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