Chocolate lovers, rejoice! We have the cake recipe your dreams are made of. It’s rich, it’s chewy, and it’s covered in chocolate ganache frosting. Oh, and it’s made with two all-time favorite New Zealand bars, Whittaker’s chocolate. Already on board?
If you’ve got a special occasion coming up (or just chocolate cravings on the rise), this is the perfect decadent dessert to start the party. Adding coffee to the cake batter enhances the richness of the cocoa, speeding up the tempo of all those more gourmet chocolate flavors. And did we mention the luxurious ganache? In short, this gorgeous cake is guaranteed to please people.
Come, come all, prepare yourself chocolate delicacies!
for the cake
1 ½ cups plain white flour
1 cup of powdered sugar
½ cup of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of salt
1/3 cup neutral oil
1 tablespoon of vinegar (balsamic or white)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 1/2 cup of chilled coffee
For the ganache icing
2 x blocks (200g) Whittaker’s 45% Cacao Rich Chocolate
1 cup of cream
Preheat the oven to 160 ° C hot air.
Line a 20 cm (8 inch) cake pan with parchment paper.
Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt into a large bowl and mix.
Add olive oil, vinegar, vanilla and cooled coffee. Using a whisk, stir gently until just combined – don’t over mix!
Pour into the cake tin and bake for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Leave to cool for 5 minutes in the mold before unmolding on a cooling rack.
Gently melt chocolate and cream in a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water. Stir constantly to form a smooth sauce.
Let the ganache cool until it thickens and spread it over all sides of the cooled cake. Slice and serve!
You can double the recipe and divide the dough between two molds. When frosting, sandwich the two cakes with the ganache before spreading the rest of the ganache on top and sides.
Serve with berries and yogurt for a touch of freshness.
Store the cake in an airtight container.
Fancy a second serving of inspired dessert? Then try this delicious tiramisu recipe.
Image credit: Whittaker’s Chocolate