Special Occasion Chocolate Cake

My sister’s not been very well recently, so I thought I’d make her a cake to cheer her up… A cake filled with an awful lot of chocolate, aka. the best kind.Β It’s not very vegan at all, sorry. It’s from a baking book I haven’t used in absolutely ages and it made me feel all nostalgic so I thought I’d really take my time and make it something really special, that you would save for when you’re in serious need of chocolate or happiness-inducing food in general. It seemed to work actually, so if you ever feel like doing something nice for a friend or family member, I’d go for a cake… What’s not to love about it?

I took the photo in a bit of a rush, sorry it’s not quite the quality I would have liked. I’ll swap it if and when I make this again… It’ll probably be quite soon :)

Also, I’m back in London, yey! Feels good to be in a big city again, Lancaster has far too much greenery for my liking!

Liv's Cake

Liv’s Cake

Ingredients

For the cake

225g of butter

225g of sugar

4 large eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

200g of self-raising flour

Half a teaspoon each of baking powder and bicarbonate of soda

30g of cocoa powder

2 tablespoons of full fat milk

100g of dark chocolate, melted

For the ganache and filling

A big dollop of nutella

One bag of any sweets (I used Magic Stars)

250ml of double cream

300g of milk chocolate

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease two sandwich tins.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla very slowly. Then mix in the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa and milk and mix until smooth. Add in the melted chocolate and mix until smooth.
  3. Divide equally between the prepared sandwich tins, and bake for 22-25 minutes. Leave to cool whilst you make the ganache.
  4. To make the ganache, finely chop the chocolate and put it in a saucepan along with the double cream on a very low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Pour the ganache into a bowl, cool and then chill until firm.
  5. Spread the nutella over one half of the cake, sandwich the other half on top, spread the ganache over the top of that and decorate with sweets – I chose an L made out of magic stars for “Liv” (short for Olivia… I’ve always been jealous of her name, it’s so much better than Emily)

Serves 8-10

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