Death By Chocolate

After several weeks of alarmingly healthy looking cakes with real fruit on top, Sam decided it was time for Death By Chocolate. Two blocks of Whittakers chocolate later, and her piece de resistance was ready. The Cake Club were pleased to esteem it, and in short order demolished 90% of the beast. It was both delicious and rich, and unusually for the clubbers, no one could actually face a second helping (or at least recognised the unwise-ness of that path), meaning that a few lucky absentees still managed to get a slice later in the day. Sam’s report follows.

Death By Chocolate

8 oz (225 g) dark semisweet chocolate (40-50% cocoa; I used Whitakers 50% Dark)
2/3 cup (140 g) butter
1 cup (210 g) sugar
4 eggs
4 heaped tablespoons (1 dl) all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1½ teaspoon baking powder or 1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons sour cream

Ingredients for frosting
2/3 cup (1.6 dl) heavy cream or whipping cream
9 oz (260 g) semisweet chocolate (40-50% cocoa)

Preheat oven to 350 deg F (Gas mark 4 or 180 deg C).
Line a circular 10 inch (25 cm) cake tin (3 inches tall) with grease proof or other non-stick paper and grease the tin. (Please note that the cake will rise to 3 inches and collapse somewhat when cooled. If your cake tin is less than 10 inches wide and 3 inches tall we recommend that you use two cake tins.)
Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt it with butter over hot water.
Beat the eggs with sugar, mix with flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and vanilla extract.

Slowly fold in the melted butter and chocolate and the sour cream.
Bake at 350 degrees until a wooden pick inserted in centre comes out clean, approximately 40 to 50 minutes (if using 2 cake tins 20-30 minutes may be sufficient).
Cool the cake completely. When it has obtained room temperature place it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before removing the cake from the tin (the cake is sticky and difficult to cut when it is warm!)
Remove the crusted surface on the top of the cake, and cut in half, horizontally.

Heat 2/3 cup (1.6 dl) of heavy cream or whipping cream in a sauce pan.
Remove from heat, add 9 oz (260 g) of finely chopped dark semisweet chocolate, stir until smooth, and let it cool until it thickens.
Use one 1/3 of the frosting between the two layers, 1/3 on top, and the rest around the cake. Put the cake into the fridge for one hour or more to harden the frosting.
This cake should be at room temperature when served.

You may add 3 tablespoons of rum to the chocolate and butter mixture.
You can add chopped walnuts and decorate with whole walnuts for a marvellous nutty treat!

Published in: on June 1, 2011 at 22:47  Comments (1)