This makes me hungry for it just by writing about it. . .
So we all love a good bit of chocolate. I like my chocolate cakes dark and rich and filled with flavour, well, and cocoa powder and chocolate!
200g self-raising flour,
100g brown sugar,
50g dark brown sugar,
50g white sugar,
150g soft butter,
1 tsp vanilla extract,
5-6 tbsp cocoa powder,
50g dark or milk chocolate,
A few tbsp milk,
1/2 tsp baking powder.
In a heatproof bowl above a saucepan of simmering water, break up the chocolate with the butter. Wheb melted, take off the heat and set aside to cool. (Can speed it up by putting it in the fridge or freezer for a couple of minutes)
In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugars, baking powder and cocoa. When chocolate has cooled or near enough cooled, whisk in the eggs, vanilla and milk.
Then add this wet mixture to the dry mixture. When all worked in, you can pour it in one big cake tin or two sandwich tins. With two tins it will cook and cool faster getting you one step closer to eating it!
One tin: 30-35 minutes check at 30- if a skewer doesnt come out clean, pop it in for a little longer.
Two tins: 20-25 minutes until skewer comes out clean.
Ok, now its the even more delicious part!
300g good quality dark or milk chocolate. I'm not saying pay a fiver for a bar just a pound or something. Its seriously worth it in this case trust me.
300ml double cream,
1-2 drops vanilla,
1 tsp cocoa powder.
In a small saucepan heat the cream and vanilla until it just begins to simmer and go into a boil. Pour over the chocolate -which will be broken up in a bowl with the cocoa powder. Leave for about 30 seconds then stir until smooth. Pop in the fridge to thicken.When the cakes are cooked and cooled seperate them into two layers or it will already be done if you cooked them separately anyway. Then add about 1/3 of the ganache and spread into the middle. Then place top layer on top. Then cover the cake with remaining ganache! Feel free to lick the spoon- it's addictive and delicious!
One tin tip: you could attempt to split the cake into three layers if your confident enough! Two layers filled with ganache!! Yum!