Friday, 11 April 2008

Another Chocolate Cake

I have certainly been in cake overdrive this week. My daughter requested a cake to take into work. I decided on the Chocolate cake from Nigel Slater's Appetite. It is a lovely cake and very dependable. He has ground hazlenuts in the recipe which I did not include just in case the happy munchers had nut allergies. It is basically a pound cake recipe. Although he leaves the cake plain I added a ganache topping splattered with white chocolate for decoration. I am happy to report that not a crumb was left and it was greatly enjoyed.

250g/9oz butter
250g /9oz demerara or dark brown sugar
4 large eggs
3 tbspns espresso coffee
250g /9oz plain flour
2 heaped tspns baking powder
200g /7oz coarsely ground hazelnuts
250g/9oz chopped fine dark chocolate (It should look like gravel)

Line a 23 cm tin and preheat oven to 180C/350F/gas4
Beat the butter and sugar till fluffy and pale.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating lightly between each addition. Don't worry if it curdles a bit. Stir in the coffee.
Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold in.
Fold in most of the hazelnuts and chocolate, keeping a little back for the top of the cake.
The mixture should be quite firm.
Pour into tin and smooth the top, scattering over the rest of the nuts and chocolate.
Bake for 1 hour and 20 mins or until springy, leaving an inserted skewer clean.
Leave for half an hour or so before cutting.
Best served warm

Ganache
100mls Double cream
100 gms dark chocolate

Place the cream and broken pieces of chocolate into a saucepan.
Bring to the boil, remove from the heat and beat until thick and smooth.



22 comments:

Linda F said...

Looks georgeous, how did you adjust it for leaving out the hazelnuts, did you just use extra flour? I wonder whether ground almonds would work?

Alex said...

Ill Put "eat chocolate" at the top of ,y list of things to do today with that recipe. That way, at least I get one thing done.

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giz said...

I happened to just stop by and now I'm happy - chocolate cake was just what I needed :)

culinarytravelsofakitchengoddess said...

That cake looks amazing Brenda, if you get chance make it with the nuts, it's a stunner.

Pass a slice over and I'll eat it for breakfast please :)

George xx

Vicky (victoria sponge) said...

Wow Brenda, absolutely beautiful. Your photography is getting better and better. Have you put it on tastespotting? If not you definitely should!
Well done you! xxxxx

Kelly-Jane said...

Yum yum Brenda, gorgeous cake!

Maria said...

Brenda this is one beautiful cake, no wonder there wasn't a crumb left!

Maria
x

culinarytravelsofakitchengoddess said...

Well done with Tastespotting!!

Anonymous said...

An absolutely wonderful cake, Brenda. Your photography is really coming on a treat.
AnnaBanana Xxx.

Elle said...

Oh my gosh--that's a gorgeous cake!

Rosie said...

Oh my Brenda you really know what hits the spot!! This is one gorgeous cake!

Rosie x

jaygirl said...

God Brenda, well impressed, that looks amazing.

Rita XX

Hillary said...

Too pretty! I need decorating help from you :)

Rhyleysgranny said...

Thank you all for saying nice things about my cake.

Linda I didn't substitute anything for the hazelnuts as I reckoned they were an addition rather than an ingredient if you know what I mean. I have made it before and it is lovely without the nuts and works just fine.

Hillary if you pop back thank you for commenting. I went over to your web site but I couldn't figure out how to leave you a message
xxx

Cindy. Lo. said...

What!
Chocolate and hazelnut?!
It's like the perfect combination for a cake!

Rachel@fairycakeheaven said...

Another gorgeous cake here!! It's my birthday next Thursday, want to make me one???? ;-)

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Can I have a slice?

Tina said...

Yum! pass me a slice please....

Tina xx

Tarah said...

Such a gorgeous cake! I would like two slices :]

Chuck said...

What a stunning cake. It belongs on the cover of a baking magazine. Just beautiful!

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