Chocolate truffle cake

Chef: Dr. Oetker
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Chocolate truffle cake
This chocolate truffle cake will have your mouth watering before you are even finished making it.

tbsp apricot jam

200g Dr. Oetker Fine Cooks’ Extra Dark Chocolate

200g unsalted butter, cut into pieces

200g light brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

5 large eggs, separated

75g plain flour

1 tsp Dr. Oetker Baking Powder

3 tbsp cocoa powder

125g ground almonds

250g Dr. Oetker Fine Cooks’ Dark Chocolate

125g unsalted butter

Icing sugar to dust

200g Dr. Oetker Marzipan

4 tsp cocoa powder

Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C Fan, Gas Mark 4). Grease and line a deep 20cm (8 inch) round cake tin.

Break the Extra Dark Chocolate into pieces and place in a large heatproof bowl with the butter pieces. Put the bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water and leave to melt. Remove from the water and mix in the sugar and vanilla extract. Leave aside for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk the egg whites in a clean, grease-free bowl until stiff.

Beat the egg yolks into the mixture. Sift the flour, Baking Powder and cocoa on top and add the ground almonds. Add the egg whites on top then carefully fold all the ingredients together, retaining as much air as possible. 

Place the mixture into the tin and smooth the top. Place on a baking tray and bake in the middle of the oven for about 1 hour until firm and slightly risen – a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake should come out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from the tin and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely 

To decorate, break the Dark Chocolate into a small saucepan. Add the butter and pour in 50ml (2fl.oz) water. Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until melted together and smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside for about 20 minutes to cool and thicken.

 Dust the work surface lightly with icing sugar and knead the Marzipan to soften it. Flatten slightly then add 1tsp cocoa powder. Knead to distribute the powder then gradually add the remaining cocoa powder and knead in.

 Brush the top of the cake with apricot jam. Roll out the chocolate Marzipan to fit the top of the cake and lay it on top. Smooth and trim as necessary. Put the cake on a wire rack over a tray.

Once thickened, slowly pour the ganache over the top of the cake from the middle, in a thin stream. Use a small bladed palette knife to smooth over any gaps and leave to stand in a cool place for several minutes to allow the icing to set.

Carefully lift the cake on to a serving plate. For a firm finish, chill the cake for 30 minutes before serving.


Preparation Time
15 minutes

Cooking Time
60 minutes

Main ingredients
Dairy, Flour, Chocolate, Fruit, Sugar

Recipe Type
Cakes & Baking, Dessert, Gifts, Cake Stall

Level of Difficulty
Moderately Easy

Prolonged chilling of this cake will dry out the texture of the truffly cake crumb.

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