Tuesday, October 18, 2011

EUREKA!




Eureka! I've found it, I've found the perfect chocolate cake recipe!  It's delicious, it's impressive and it's way, way less work than it looks, and did I mention it's delicious?

Two layers of chocolate sponge, two layers of creamy white chocolate and a layer of creamy dark chocolate topped by a thick layer of milk chocolate ganache - heaven in a slice.

The cake itself is just a normal chocolate sponge which you slice in two (easier than baking two seperate sponges), next drizzle over some syrup and then you melt white chocolate in one bowl, dark chocolate in another - add cream to both, slap them on cover with a simple ganache - bish bash bosh - cake perfection!



Triple-Layer Chocolate Truffle Cake
from the wonderful Avoca Cafe Cookbook 2

Sponge

4             small eggs (I used 3 large)
100g       caster sugar
75g         self-raising flour
25g         cocoa

Syrup

75ml        milk
20ml        brandy
20ml        honey

Chocolate Layers

225g         white chocolate
300ml        double cream

110g          dark chocolate
300ml        double cream

Ganache
75ml         cream
350g         milk chocolate

Preheat oven to 180 C
Butter and line a 23cm springform cake tin

Sponge
Whisk the eggs and sugar together until thick and pale
Sieve the flour and cocoa and fold into the egg mixture.
Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.


Syrup

Put the milk, brandy and honey in a small pan and heat gently.


Assembly (first step)

When the sponge has cooled, remove it from the tin.
Line the tin with cling film (use plenty)
Cut the sponge in two across its depth
Place half the cake back in the lined tin and brush with the syrup


Filling

Melt the white chocolate with 50ml of cream in a pan over simmering water.
In another bowl melt the dark chocolate with 50ml of cream.
Allow to cool slightly.
Whip 250ml double cream and add the melted white chocolate mixture.
Whip the other 250ml cream and add the dark chocolate.


Assembly (part two!)

Spread half the white chocolate on the sponge in the tin.
Follow with the dark chocolate mixture.
Finish with the other half of the white chocolate mixture.
Brush the other half of the sponge with the syrup and place on top.
Cover the cake with the cling film and place in the fridge to set overnight.


To Finish

Combine the milk chocolate and cream and heat gently to melt the chocolate.
Remove the cake from the tin and spread the chocolate ganache over the top and sides.


Sit back and wait for the praise!

16 comments:

Nom! The Indulgent Baking Blog said...

wow looks lovely!!

Nom! x

Jacqueline said...

Oh my!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a gorgeous cake. It does sound fairly straight forward. I think this a quite a show stopper. Great to serve for company!!!

Jo said...

Wow what a cake! I like the idea of white chocolate ganache. Definitely going to try that.

Rose H (UK) said...

I've bookmarked THIS recipe :o)

Nessa Robins said...

What a gorgeous recipe! I love a good chocolate cake, one that's not heavy that the children will enjoy! I love the idea of using the different types of chocolate. Yum!

Zoe said...

Got to bookmark this! Sounds like this is an awesome cake!

A Trifle Rushed said...

This looks and sounds like chocolate perfection! yum!

Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

Does look rather wonderful. And so quick and easy. I'm just going to have to make it to test the recipe! Poor me...

Working london mummy said...

this looks great. I , like you, have been in search of the perfect chocolate cake so will have to give this a go x

collin said...
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Jane said...

Wow! This sounds fantastic. The ingredient list alone is incredible! I'd have to keep a cake like this under lock and key--and give someone else the key! :)

Jaana said...

What a beautiful slice of cake!!!

Chele said...

I am so glad you haven;t kept this recipe to yourself. Can;t wait to get my oven fixed so I can have a go at this one ;0)

Choclette said...

Ha ha, I love the way you say simple. It looks splendid, but I know with my propensity for splitting ganache, it's anything but simple. Does this mean that the quest for the perfect chocolate cake is now over?

Diana said...

This cake looks great! I love chocolate cakes!
You can check this similar: http://eeasyrecipes.blogspot.com/2011/03/nut-cake.html