Chocolate cake with ganache icing

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By: Mary Berry From: Good Food Bites

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.21 / 5 (203 votes)

Prep time:
30 min, plus cooling
Cook time:
25 min
Serves:
6

Mary Berry's chocolate cake recipe with ganache icing makes an irresistible bake.

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Grease and line two 18cm sandwich cake tins.

2. Place the eggs, flour, baking powder, sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth.

3. Mix together the cocoa powder and boiling water to form a paste. Mix the cocoa paste into the egg mixture.

4. Divide the mixture between the tins, levelling the top.

5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cakes feel springy to the touch and shrink away from the sides of their tins.

6. Cool in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

7. To make the icing, place the cream and chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Carefully melt in a heat heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water or very gently in the microwave. Set aside to cool slightly.

8. Spread the apricot jam finely and evenly over the top of both chocolate cakes.

9. Use a third of the icing to spread over one of the apricot jam-topped cakes.

10. Sandwich the two cakes together, so that the icing is sandwiched in the middle.

11. Spread the remaining icing over the top of the chocolate cake in a swirl pattern.

12. Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

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Latest Comment

 

So easy but so delicious highly recomended.

LindaT68015 LindaT68015  Posted 22 Mar 2012 9:02 PM
 

I just made this cake, but instead of doing 2 round 1's i done one in an oblong baking dish, it came out just as good, very moist melt in your mouth cake. Im going to save it an def do it again, i also added rasperrys, smarties an a crumbled flake on top, but only put a thin layer of ganach on as its really sweet and dont use a bitter dark choc use a sweet one, and the rasperrys went really well with it and so would strawberrys, and some squirty creme would really finish it off ;-))

kirstyB43612 kirstyB43612  Posted 22 Nov 2011 1:55 AM
 

I just made this cake, but instead of doing 2 round 1's i done one in an oblong baking dish, it came out just as good, very moist melt in your mouth cake. Im going to save it an def do it again, i also added rasperrys, smarties an a crumbled flake on top, but only put a thin layer of ganach on as its really sweet and dont use a bitter dark choc use a sweet one, and the rasperrys went really well with it and so would strawberrys, and some squirty creme would really finish it off ;-))

kirstyB43612 kirstyB43612  Posted 22 Nov 2011 1:54 AM
 

SSSSSOOOOO easy! Can't believe you can get these result with such little effort!!

ClareG5076 ClareG5076 Posted 19 Oct 2011 3:45 PM
 

can't believe how easy this was to make and it's delicious!

jinty mc jinty mc Posted 01 Apr 2009 8:05 PM
 

CORKY5 Mary Berrys Chocolate cake was so moist and tasty

corky5 corky5 Posted 14 Feb 2009 2:48 PM
 

Very easy, ganache is lovely, cake is moist, needless to say it didn't last long!

heen heen Posted 11 Sep 2008 3:56 PM