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Chocolate heaven!

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January 27 is celebrated as international chocolate cake day, so choose today to bake a cake

Celebrate international chocolate cake day the right way with this ultimate chocolate heaven recipe.
This simple dessert is bound to go down a treat, serving 12-14, it is perfect for a chocolate lovers birthday!

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 200g unsalted butter, softened plus extra for the tins
  • 4 large eggs
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk

For the buttercream:

For the chocolate shards:

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Method:

1) Heat oven to 170C fan. Butter the base and sides of two 20cm round sandwich tins and line the bases with baking parchment.

2): In a large bowl, beat together 200g golden caster sugar, 200g softened unsalted butter, 4 large eggs, 200g self-raising flour, 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp vanilla extract, 2 tbsp milk and a pinch of salt until pale.

3) Divide the mixture between the prepared tins. Bake for 20 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

4) Leave to cool in the tin for 10 mins, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

5) For the buttercream, put 100g chopped milk chocolate in a heatproof bowl and melt in the microwave, stirring every 30 secs. Leave the melted chocolate to cool for 5 mins.

6): Mash 200g softened butter and 400g icing sugar together with a fork, then switch to a wooden spoon or electric beaters, if you have them.

7): Sift in 5 tbsp cocoa powder with a pinch of salt and pour in the melted chocolate and 2 tbsp milk. Mix again until smooth.

8): To make chocolate shards: melt 50g dark chocolate and pour it onto a tray lined with baking parchment or foil.

9): Now melt 25g milk chocolate and 25g white chocolate and drizzle them over the dark chocolate before it sets.

10): Shake the tray gently to level the mixture then leave to set somewhere cool. Chop into shards.

11) On a cake stand or large plate, sandwich the cakes together with half of the buttercream, then spread the rest on top. Decorate with chocolate shards.

12): Serve and enjoy!

Original recipe credit: BBC GoodFood

Featured image credit: Texanerin.com

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