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Monday, 6 August 2012

The Ultimate Chocolate Cake

I'm actually a bit fed up with making chocolate cakes and would have preferred to make something else, however when asked what kind of cake he would like for his birthday, my husband replied "chocolate cake" and would take no dissuading.

I decided to make Angela Nilsen's The Ultimate Chocolate Cake  a recipe that I have looked at before on the BBC Good Food website.  It's a mega recipe containing 200g of dark chocolate, tons of butter and sugar.  It's also topped off with chocolate ganache involving another 200g of dark chocolate and 285ml of double cream!

I decorated it with some little golden stars and created an 'Olympic Torch' effect with the candles.

Here are the candles when the 'torch' had been lit, you can also see some little buns piped with buttercream which were for anyone who didn't want chocolate cake. Who am I kidding, I could have saved myself a lot of work, as even my little grandson scoffed down the chocolate cake.


Mmm, still plenty left to have another slice tonight :)

I'm entering The Ultimate Chocolate Cake for Bookmarked Recipes hosted by Jacqueline from Tinned Tomatoes from an idea by Ruth from Ruth's Kitchen Experiments founder of the challenge.

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23 Comments:

At 6 August 2012 at 17:00 , Blogger Beth Sachs said...

My Mum always makes this one for birthdays - goes down a storm

 
At 6 August 2012 at 17:17 , Blogger Caroline said...

Looks gorgeous - really rich and decadent and I like what you did with the candles!

 
At 6 August 2012 at 17:55 , Blogger Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

look at the shine on that ganache... you can see the reflection of your genius torch in it... I love how rich and thick and dense that cake looks, I would never have bothered with the little iced buns either... what a powerful chocolate fix that cake must have been... happy birthday Mr Kitchen xx

 
At 6 August 2012 at 19:08 , Blogger Brownieville Girl said...

Happy Birthday to your hubbie.

I love deeply chocolate cakes, the coffee just seems to intensify the chocolate flavour - I'd just love a slice with a big mug of coffee.

 
At 6 August 2012 at 19:15 , Blogger Cakeyboi said...

The cake looks Devine! I expect it is rich and unctious especially with the ganache - and that olympic flame effect is inspired! Drool!!

 
At 6 August 2012 at 19:24 , Blogger Charlene Price said...

Oh my God, that looks amazing!!

 
At 6 August 2012 at 19:43 , Anonymous Fiona Maclean said...

looks gorgeous! how come your ganache is sooooo smooth!

 
At 6 August 2012 at 20:21 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

Happy Birthday to Hubs and what a LOVELY cake too Janice!

 
At 6 August 2012 at 20:22 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

PS - SUPER ganache darlink!

 
At 6 August 2012 at 21:17 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks for lovely comments about the ganache, I didn't even do it like it said in recipe. Just bunged everything in the bowl over pan of water and melted. Thought it was a bit on the wet side but it certanly did have a nice shine. Just wait till I've been on my chocolate tempering course at end of August!

 
At 6 August 2012 at 21:24 , Blogger Choclette said...

Now THAT is what I call a chocolate cake. Janice, it's got to be the best one I've seen in a long time. A nice moist rich cake and a brilliantly shiny ganache too. Happy Birthday to Mr FG. I'm feeling quite envious of your chocolate tempering course and really really must get one sorted out soon.

 
At 6 August 2012 at 21:34 , Blogger Janice said...

Oh my, that is some compliment from The Queen of chocolate herself! Thanks Choclette.

 
At 6 August 2012 at 23:22 , Blogger Phil in the Kitchen said...

Well, I can understand wanting chocolate cake when you're celebrating a birthday. And this is a serious chocolate cake. Love your idea with the candles.

 
At 7 August 2012 at 00:02 , Blogger Cakefairyblog said...

Goodness me! This look so moist and gorgeous. Your ganache has come out so shiny and I love the Olympic torch idea.

 
At 7 August 2012 at 19:48 , Anonymous laura@howtocookgoodfood said...

I would eat this cake every year for my birthday if I could. Nothing like a decadent chocolate cake to make me happy. This is divine!

 
At 7 August 2012 at 20:24 , Blogger A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate said...

I'd love someone to make me a cake like that for my birthday its looks sooooo good.

 
At 7 August 2012 at 22:45 , Blogger Traceyr said...

The chocolate cake looks lovely and shiny but I would of eaten one of the buns :) got any of those left? haha

 
At 9 August 2012 at 08:49 , Blogger Galina Varese said...

I'm with your husband on the birthday cake issue, it has to be chocolate for me. :)
Looks so glossy and lush.

 
At 9 August 2012 at 20:39 , Blogger Chele said...

The ganache is so shiny it could be a mirror - how great is that. Reckon a chocolate mirror would always show my best side lol.
This is an epic chocolate cake no doubt about it. Your husband is one lucky man.

 
At 10 August 2012 at 19:44 , Blogger Caroline said...

I keep looking at that recipe on the BBC Good Food website and wondering what it's like. It certainly seems to have rave reviews and yours looks deliciously chocolatey and moist. I do like a good chocolate cake, but sometimes, like you, I prefer something different. I might have to try this one now though!

 
At 10 August 2012 at 23:00 , Blogger Janine said...

The inside of the cake looks incredibly moist, looks like you were on to a winner. No matter how much I think I don't want chocolate cake, I can never resist more once I've had a piece!

 
At 11 August 2012 at 19:28 , Blogger Working London Mummy Working London Mummy said...

Oooh my goodness. I am v impressed. A perfect cake and ganache and I adore the candles, great idea

 
At 12 August 2012 at 01:16 , Blogger Baking Addict said...

Pass the cake now!! This looks like the cake of my dreams :) Love the candles too - genius!

 

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