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Chocolate cake tips and recipes please! (merged)

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • shipr!!!95 wrote: »
    I have been baking this http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3092/ultimate-chocolate-cake
    cake for over 2 years now. It tastes amazing. Friends always ask for me to make them one for their birthday present.

    Thank you so much! This looks fantastic and I think the reviews on it probably speak for themselves! I will definitely try it out. What do you do for the chocolate curls, I'd love to do something similar just for the look of the cake while it is for a special occasion :)
  • Aliadds thanks. I am going to have so much to try out here :)

    Stephen, yours sounds fab. My brother doesn't like cherries so this is out for him. However, my OH loves them so when we next have the family round I'll have a go at yours.

    xx
  • katieowl_2katieowl_2 Forumite
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    The Jamie oliver one is the fave here... someones posted it on this blog here http://www.likemamusedtobake.com/2010/06/11/jamie-olivers-party-cake/

    I've also made it with standard chocolate buttercream and its really nice.

    I leave the nuts out too....

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    I make this one and it's amazing, so moist: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/easy_chocolate_cake_31070

    Don't use the chocolate ganache to ice as suggested, I make a chocolate buttercream instead.
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    shipr!!!95 wrote: »
    I have been baking this http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3092/ultimate-chocolate-cake
    cake for over 2 years now. It tastes amazing. Friends always ask for me to make them one for their birthday present.


    I've made this too and although i'm not usually a big chocolate cake fan (most don't seem to actually taste of chocolate) this is absolutely delish!

    A little expensive to make but worth it for special occasions.
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    Nigella Lawsons' Chocolate Fudge cake. Super duper amazing, moist and lovely. http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/chocolate-fudge-cake-168
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    dragonlily wrote: »
    Thank you so much! This looks fantastic and I think the reviews on it probably speak for themselves! I will definitely try it out. What do you do for the chocolate curls, I'd love to do something similar just for the look of the cake while it is for a special occasion :)
    To make curls like that I put a block of chocolate in the freezer and use a vegetable peeler to make big curls. It makes a cake look so professional, een if I mess up the icing!
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    shipr!!!95 wrote: »
    I have been baking this http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3092/ultimate-chocolate-cake
    cake for over 2 years now. It tastes amazing. Friends always ask for me to make them one for their birthday present.

    I also make this it's amazing and you can't taste the coffee. I split it into two tins though and cook for 45 mins easier than cutting it in half as the recipe suggests.

    I normally buy thorntons chocs and put them round the top looks amazing x
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    An Old St Michael Chocolate Cake recipe from the All Colour Cookery Book. Always moist and delicious. Somewhat fiddly but worth it for moistness.

    275g Soft brown sugar
    25g cocoa powder
    90ml water
    228g flour & 2 X 5ml spn Baking Powder
    1 X 2.5ml spn bicarb of soda
    1 X 2.5ml spn salt
    1 X 5ml spn vanilla extract
    100g butter
    2 eggs separated
    100 ml soured cream

    Put 75g of sugar in a pan with the cocoa powder & water. Bring to the boil & simmer gently for a few minutes until smooth, stirring constantly. Leave to cool.
    Cream together the remaining sugar & butter until fluffy, then beat in the vanilla & egg yolks until the mixture is light. Stir in the cooled cocoa mixture. Sift the remaining dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Fold in the dry ingredients alternating with the soured cream. Beat the egg whites until stiff & fold into the cake mix until evenly mixed. Pour mix into a prepared deep 7" cake tin (I use an 8" one) & bake at 180c/gas 4 for an hour & 15 minutes (I check after an hour if using an 8" tin).

    Icing to suit (various butter creams work well)
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  • Nigella's devil food cake is lovely. I've not tried her fudge cake.
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