Chocolate Cake


Introduction

This chocolate cake recipe is perfect for any occasion – whether you’re looking for a birthday cake, an afternoon treat, or something special for dinner party guests. The cake is simple to make, and can be easily adapted to suit your own taste. You can use different kinds of chocolate, add different fillings, or top the cake with your favourite icing.

Ingredients

– 225g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
– 225g unsalted butter
– 225g caster sugar
– 4 eggs, beaten
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 75g self-raising flour
– 50g cocoa powder

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Grease and line two 20cm/8in sandwich tins.

2. Put the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until melted and smooth.

3. Remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract until well combined.

4. Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the mixture and fold in until well combined.

5. Divide the mixture evenly between the prepared tins and bake for 25 minutes, or until risen and firm to the touch.

6. Leave to cool in the tins for a few minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Potential changes & improvements

– For a richer cake, you could use all dark chocolate, or a mix of dark and milk chocolate.
– To make the cake more indulgent, you could add a chocolate ganache or buttercream filling.
– For a lighter cake, you could use milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate.

What other food it works well with

– This cake goes well with a cup of coffee or tea.
– Serve the cake with some fresh berries or a dollop of cream.

Common Mistakes

– Be careful not to overheat the chocolate and butter, or the chocolate will seize up.
– Make sure the eggs are at room temperature before adding them to the mixture, or they may cause the chocolate to seize up.

Nutritional Information

– This recipe is for a chocolate cake that serves 12.
– Each slice of cake contains approximately:
– Calories: 400
– Fat: 22g
– Saturated Fat: 13g
– Carbohydrates: 42g
– Sugar: 27g
– Protein: 6g
– Salt: 0.4g

Allergens

– This recipe contains the following allergens:
– Eggs
– Milk


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