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Ultimate Chocolate Ganache Cake

Posted January 3, 2017 by Squires Kitchen Shop

Ultimate chocolate ganache cakef

This irresistible cake is tall, dark and handsome and has a rich, smooth ganache coating, making it the cake of choice for chocoholics.
Makes a 15cm (6") cake
You will need

For the cake

For the filling
  • 400g (14oz) dark chocolate
  • 200ml (7fl oz) whipping cream
  • 20g (¾oz) glucose syrup
  • 25g (just over ¾oz) butter, soft
For the decoration
  • A bar of chocolate of your choice
  • Vegetable peeler

For the cake

  1. Line the bottoms of three 15cm (6") sandwich tins with greaseproof paper the grease the sides and place them onto trays. Preheat the oven to 170°C (340°F/gas mark 3).
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda together in a large bowl until fully combined.
  3. Mix the eggs, oil and sour cream in a large jug, then whisk into the dry ingredients to make a paste.
  4. Pour the warm water onto the mixture and whisk again.
  5. Pour the mixture evenly between the tins and bake in the oven for 30-45 minutes, or until firm to the touch.
  6. Remove from the oven and leave the cakes in their tins on a cooling rack. Remove them from the tins once they are completely cool.

For the ganache
  1. To make the ganache, melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a pan of hot water using a bain-marie.
  2. Separately, heat the cream and glucose to boiling point, remove from the heat and stand for two minutes before pouring over the melted chocolate.
  3. Stir the mixture slowly until all the chocolate in incorporated.
  4. Add the butter into the cream and chocolate mixture until it has melted completely.
  5. Let the ganache semi-set so it is a good spreading consistency.
  6. Spread some ganache on top of two of the sponges with a palette knife and stack the three cakes on top of each other. Coat the remaining ganache all over the cake, leaving it with a rough surface.
  7. Using a bar of chocolate and a peeler, shave some chocolate on top of the cake. Use ready made chocolate shavings to save time.

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