Chocolate Day

Today, September 13th, is International Chocolate Day. And although I consider every day to be a chocolate day I thought I would share my favourite recipe with you guys. The recipe includes tons of chocolate and some fruits to give a healthy twist.

The cake is easy to make and will give you something to do during a rainy afternoon (yes…summer is over the rainy afternoons are coming!). Bake it with love and eat it with your loved ones after! The recipe is called “party cake” and is published in “The naked chef returns” by Jamie Oliver.

Party Cake - Jamie Olivier

So what do you need:

  • 3 rounded tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 200gr caster sugar
  • 200gr butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 200gr self  raising flour, sifted
  • 1 rounded teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 handful of flaked almonds
  • 200ml double cream (heavy cream)
  • 1 large handful of raspberries
  • and 1 large handful of strawberries

Ok, did you groceries? Now preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4. Line the bases of 2 x 20cmcake tins with greased greaseproof paper.

Mix the cocoa powder with 4 tablespoons of boiling water until smooth.  In a separate bowl, beat the sugar and butter until fluffy, add the cocoa mixture, eggs, flour and baking powder.  Mix well, fold in the nuts.  Divide the mixture between the tins.  Bake for about 25 minutes.  When cooked, allow to cool then remove from the tins.

So now you have your cake, but what is a chocolate cake without a topping. So run to the supermarket again to buy the following:

  • 100gr butter
  • 100gr best cooking chocolate
  • 100gr icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk

Melt the chocolate topping ingredients in a bowl over some slightly simmering water.  Stir until blended well and allow to cool.  Whip the double cream to soft peaks and sweeten with a little sugar. To assemble the cake, remove the greaseproof paper from both sponges.  Drizzle each one with a little sherry, if you like.  Spread the cream over one of the sponges, then sprinkle the fruit on top.  Sandwich the second sponge on top and press down.  Run a knife around the edge of the cake to smooth it off and drizzle over the chocolate topping.

Happy days, you’ve done it!  But allow the chocolate topping to firm up slightly before tucking in. Enjoy and invite me for a slice…

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