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Death by Chocolate

Submitted by Molly 11 June 2009

Serve in slices with whipped or ice cream. Sometimes, I warm the cake in the microwave before serving. Serves 8-10.



Cake:,125g butter; 225g dark soft brown sugar; 2 eggs; 142ml soured cream; 175g plain flour; 1tsp baking powder; 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda; 50g cocoa.,Filling:,2tbsp.cocoa; 125g butter; 150g icing sugar sieved; couple of drops of vanilla essence.,Frosting:,200g bar Bourneville chocolate; 2tbsp.cocoa; 142 ml double cream.


Lightly grease and line two 20cm cake tins and set the oven to Gas mark 5, 190C or 375 F.
For the cake, cream together the butter and sugar until the mixture is light in colour and texture. Gradually beat in the eggs and then the soured cream. Don't worry if the mixture looks curdled. Sieve together the dry ingredients and fold them into the mixture. Divide the mixture equally between the two tins (I usually weigh them) and bake in the oven for 30-35 mins until nicely risen and firm to touch. Leave in the tins for about 5 minutes then turn the cakes out onto a wire rack to cool.
When the cakes have cooled, carefully slice each one in half.
For the filling, mix the cocoa powder with 2tbsp of boiling water until it is a smooth paste. Beat the butter, icing sugar and essence together, until light and fluffy. Beat in the cocoa paste. Sandwich the layers of cake together with the filling.
For the frosting, melt the chocolate over a bowl of hot water, stirring to remove the lumps from time to time. Make the cocoa into a paste with the water, as before and carefully mix with the melted chocolate. Lightly whisk the cream until it just holds its shape and whisk into the chocolate mixture, until smooth and thickened. Spread the frosting evenly over the cake with a palette knife. If the mixture doesn't seem thick enough, leave to cool in the fridge for a while.

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