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Chocolate Layer Cake for We Should Cocoa #55

Chocolate Layer Cake

When I was asked to bake a cake for a rather sad occasion last week, I thought I’d try out one of Will Torrent’s recipes, or two of them in fact. I adapted his Nans’ chocolate fudge cake recipe to make it into a three layered cake, then topped it with a chocolate glaze from his recipe for salted caramel & rum top hat cake.

Chocolate Layer CakeI used my usual mix of half wholemeal and half white flour, substituted coffee for the vanilla and milk and used dark muscovado sugar rather than light. I didn’t get to try the finished item, but with three layers of cake, three layers of buttercream icing and chocolate glaze, it looked to be a good one. Strangely, I did get to try the icing and glaze – *innocent face* – so I do know they passed muster.

 

 

 

 

 

We Should CocoaI am of course entering this into We Should Cocoa which is being hosted by Sarah over at Maison Cupcake this month. She’s on a bit of a layer cake mission at the moment, she’s made at least four this month.

 

 

 

 

Simply EggcellentWith four large eggs in the mix, this has to go to Dom’s new challenge Simply Eggcellent over at Belleau Kitchen.

 

 

 

 

Love CakeThis also goes to Ness over at JibberJabberUK for Love Cake as this fits nicely into the theme of It’s in the Book. My recipes came from Chocolate at Home by Will Torrent.

 

 

Cook Blog ShareAnd I haven’t entered Cook Blog Share for a while, so this is being sent in Lucy’s direction over at SuperGolden Bakes.

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Layer Cake
A sumptuous three layer chocolate cake, filled with chocolate buttercream and topped off with a rich chocolate glaze.
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For the cake
  1. 200g unsalted butter
  2. 150g golden caster sugar
  3. 125g dark muscovado sugar
  4. 50g cocoa powder
  5. 4 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  6. 250g flour (I used half wholemeal, half plain white)
  7. 1ยฝ tsp baking powder
  8. ยฝ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  9. pinch of Himalayan pink sea salt
  10. 100ml strong coffee
For the icing
  1. 100g 70% dark chocolate
  2. 200g unsalted butter
  3. 225g icing sugar
  4. 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  5. 2 tbsp golden syrup
  6. 2 tbsp strong coffee
For the glaze
  1. 50ml double cream
  2. 1 tsp golden syrup
  3. 10g unsalted butter
  4. 100g dark 70% chocolate
For the cake
  1. Cream the butter and sugars together for a good few minutes until pale and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the cocoa until well combined.
  3. Beat in the eggs one by one, adding a little flour if the mixture looks like curdling.
  4. Sieve in the flour and fold in alternately with the coffee until just combined.
  5. Divide between three 20 cm (8") cake pans (you will need to grease and line these if not silicone).
  6. Bake at 180โ„ƒ for 25 minutes.
  7. Leave in the pans to cool for ten minutes or so, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
For the icing
  1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl sitting over a pan of hot water - make sure the pan doesn't touch the water. Allow to cool slightly.
  2. Cream the butter and icing sugar together until light and fluffy, then beat in the syrup and cocoa.
  3. Beat in the coffee, followed by the chocolate.
For the glaze
  1. Place all of the ingredients into a small pan and set over a low heat until the chocolate has melted.
  2. Stir until smooth and allow to cool a little.
To assemble
  1. Spread the buttercream equally on the three cakes, then stack them one on top of the other.
  2. Pour the glaze over the top layer of buttercream. Spread it to cover the top, allowing some to drizzle down the sides.
  3. Decorate as wished or leave plain.
Adapted from Will Torrent's, Chocolate at Home
Adapted from Will Torrent's, Chocolate at Home
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    Ness @ JibberJabberUK
    22nd March 2015

    I’m sorry you didn’t get to try it yourself due to the sad occasion. It looks delicious so I hope you get the chance to try it another time. Thanks for linking up.

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      Choclette
      22nd March 2015

      Thanks Ness, I suspect I may find occasion to make it again ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Lucy @ BakingQueen74
    22nd March 2015

    sorry to hear about the sad occasion too. It does look very tasty indeed and I believe Will Torrent is a master of chocolate recipes so a good book to refer to!

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      Choclette
      23rd March 2015

      Thanks Lucy. Are you following Will on Instagram? He has the most mouthwatering pictures ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Janie
    23rd March 2015

    Wow, love the idea of all those layers of different flavours. The icing ingredients sound particularly tempting, I’ve never put golden syrup in an icing but can see how it could work. Pinning to remind me Choccy ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      Choclette
      23rd March 2015

      Thanks Janie. Golden syrup, gives a bit of a fudgy taste and consistency which HAS to be a good thing ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Sarah Maison Cupcake
    23rd March 2015

    I need to experiment with chocolate fudge cakes, I don’t think I’ve ever made a proper one! I am sure the recipients appreciated your cake very much. Thanks for making it a layer one to submit to We Should Cocoa!

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      Choclette
      23rd March 2015

      Never made a chocolate fudge cake Sarah? Well there is still time to get another layer cake made this month ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank YOU for hosting this time around.

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    Karen
    23rd March 2015

    Chocolate and fudge and layers? You are spoiling us all Choclette! What a fab looking cake! Karen

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      Choclette
      23rd March 2015

      Thanks Karen, I sadly didn’t get to indulge myself on this occasion, so I’m thinking I might just have to make it again ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Gina
    23rd March 2015

    Looks absolutely stunning. I definitely want to try this. I like the idea of dark muscovado sugar as opposed to other brown sugars bc it has such a nice flavour that I’m sure goes great with the chocolate ! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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      Choclette
      23rd March 2015

      Absolutely Gina, it gives a nice fudgy quality too. Thanks for commenting.

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    Stephanie
    23rd March 2015

    This looks absolutely delicious but sorry to hear of the sad occasion x

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      Choclette
      23rd March 2015

      Thanks Nayna, there’s no doubt about it, it’s going to have to be made again!

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    Heidi Roberts
    23rd March 2015

    There is never a ‘wrong’ time for chocolate cake – this one looks divine!

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    Jo
    24th March 2015

    Looks like a mighty fine chocolate cake. I like the sound of dark muscovado sugar in the sponge and golden syrup in the icing. May have to try this recipe when I have my next urge for chocolate cake.

    P.S. Your new website is looking very swish!

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      Choclette
      24th March 2015

      Thanks Jo. I’m glad you like my new site. There’s still plenty of work to do on it, but it’s getting there. As for the cake, I didn’t get to try it, but the feedback was good.

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    Lucy @SupergoldenBakes
    24th March 2015

    Congrats on the new site! What a glorious chocolate cake โ€“ shame you didn’t get to try it (but for the icing!). Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

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      Choclette
      25th March 2015

      Thanks Lucy, it just means I have an excuse to make it again ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Dom
    24th March 2015

    i’m sure i commented on this but i’m also possibly going mad!… what a glorious chocolate cake. Love the mix of flours and love the golden syrup in the icing. Very special! A massive massive slice please. Thanks so much for the amazing Simply Eggcellent entry x

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      Choclette
      24th March 2015

      I haven’t been eating your comments, promise Dom. There is something rather glorious about three layered cakes and this is only the 2nd one I’ve ever made – shocking really.

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    24th March 2015

    All sad occasions should have a cake like this to make them feel a tiny bit better! It looks like you did the request proud…… A stupendous example of how a chocolate cake should be!

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    Phil in the Kitchen
    2nd April 2015

    That looks a very serious, very delicious, very inviting chocolate cake. Very, very special. I love the new look site, by the way, and I apologise for not saying so sooner.

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      Choclette
      3rd April 2015

      Haha Phil, a serious chocolate cake indeed. So glad you found the new site (and like it), it was a all a bit of a rush before I moved and I didn’t have a chance to let people know.

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