Double chocolate cake

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Double chocolate cake
When you want to treat Mum to an amazing cake on her special day, we think this double chocolate fudge cake will win her heart.

50g butter, plus extra for greasing

65g caster sugar

75g light muscovado sugar

150g plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tbsp cocoa powder

2 large eggs

65g good-quality plain chocolate

2 tsp black treacle

1 tsp almond or vanilla extract

100ml full-fat milk, slightly warmed

For the white chocolate icing filling

125g good-quality white chocolate

50g unsalted butter, at room temperature

75g icing sugar, sifted

For the chocolate ganache

200ml double cream

50g unsalted butter

3 tbsp clear honey

200g good-quality plain chocolate, finely chopped

100g white chocolate, for decoration

Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas mark 4.

Grease 2 x 20cm loose-bottomed cake tins with butter and line with baking paper.

Put the butter and sugars in a large bowl and beat until smooth. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder.

Beat the eggs into the butter and sugar mixture, one at a time, following each with a spoonful of the flour mixture.

Put the chocolate, treacle and almond or vanilla extract in a medium bowl, set it over a pan of gently simmering water and allow it to melt.

Remove from the heat when melted and set aside to cool slightly. Then gently fold into the cake mix.

Fold in the remaining flour, alternating with the warmed milk until smooth.

Divide evenly between the two tins, smooth the surfaces of each and then bake for 20 minutes on the middle shelf or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle.

Turn out onto wire racks and leave to cool completely.

Put the white chocolate and butter in a large bowl over a pan of gently simmering water.

Add 2 tablespoons of boiling water and stir gently until melted and smooth.

Remove from the heat and beat in the icing sugar.

For the white chocolate curls, melt the white chocolate over a pan of gently simmering water.

Pour onto a piece of baking paper and spread until it forms an even layer about 5mm thick.

Chill for about 15 minutes, until just set. Use a vegetable peeler over the surface to make thick curls of chocolate.

Put one cake, bottom side up, onto a large serving platter, top with the white chocolate icing and then put the other cake on top.

For the ganache icing, put the double cream in a saucepan and place over a medium heat and bring just to the boil.

Remove from the heat and quickly add the butter, honey and the chopped chocolate.

Leave to melt and then stir briefly to combine.

Leave to cool slightly then spread over the top and sides of the cake.

Smooth the edges and then decorate with the white chocolate curls.

To store the cake overnight, place it in the fridge.

Take the cake out of the fridge an hour before serving to bring it back to room temperature. 


Preparation Time
30 minutes

Cooking Time
15 minutes

Main ingredients
Dairy, Flour, Chocolate, Eggs, Sugar, Honey

Recipe Type
Cakes & Baking, Dessert

Level of Difficulty
Moderately Easy

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