Monday, 7 April 2008

Ruby Velvet Chocolate Cake

It would seem I have been in cake baking mode this past few days. My granddaughter wanted to make a chocolate cake to decorate with smarties so who was I to deny her? We made one in a sandwich tin for her and one in a loaf tin. for me. It would make a wonderful layer cake and I certainly will do this with it the next time and there will definitely be a next time. I had a few items that needed using up so I tried to plan a cake round those. The cake ended up as light as a feather but so intensely chocolatey it surprised me as the colour of the cake was not as dark as some I have made. The ganache topping was perfect for it and just added to the chocolate decadence. The name? Well the little one wanted to call it Ruby. The texture made me think of velvet so Ruby Velvet Chocolate Cake it was.

200gms/7oz self raising flour
200gms/70z caster sugar
200gms/7oz softened butter or soft margerine
50gms/2oz cocoa powder
50gms/2oz dark chocolate
150mls/5fl oz creme fraiche
2 large eggs
2 teasps vanilla extract
2 x Sandwich tins greased and lined

50gms/2oz dark chocolate
50gms/2oz milk chocolate (or 100gms dark)
100mls double/heavy cream

Heat oven to 180.C/350,F/Gas 4
Mix the flour and sugar in a large bowl
Add the butter/marg
Melt the chocolate in another bowl and add the eggs, cocoa, creme fraiche and vanilla and whisk well.
Add the chocolate mixture to the dry ingredients in the bowl and beat together really well.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tins and bake for about 30 mins until firm on top.
If using loaf tins they will take about ten minutes longer.
Allow to cool in the tins before turning out.

Topping /Filling
When the cakes have cooled
Break the chocolate into little pieces and add to the cream in a small saucepan.
Bring to the boil then remove from the heat and beat until thick and smooth.

If sandwiching the cakes spread the mixture on the underside of one cake. Place the other on top and spread the remaining mixture on it.

I sprinkled Belgian chocolate vermicelli over.


Kerry said...

Yum, it looks amazing

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

Oh yum! You definitely seem to be in cake-baking mode all right! What a beautiful name for such a delicious looking cake :)

Anonymous said...

A lovely looking cake, Brenda. Like you I tend to like making cakes in loaf shapes, I find they are easier to store and easier to cut. I shall have to try this one!

Nickki said...

Oh Granny, that looks delicious. Another one I must try :)

Maria said...

Granny this looks gorgeous (drooling)


Rosie said...

Oh my this looks amazing - I must try this one out asap!!

Rosie x

Anonymous said...

More lovely choccie cake - looks absolutely yummy.
AnnaBanana Xxx.

Anonymous said...

Brenda, just reading it you've compelled me to make to orange- chocolate cake....
And NOW this one!!!!!!!!!!!
xxx Carlotta

Rachel@fairycakeheaven said...

Looks divine!!! and I see you're Irish, pop over to my blog if you get a chance, us Irish ladies have to stick together!

Elle said...

That looks like a gorgeous cake! I'm filing this one away, for sure. Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Looks gorgeous Brenda. Well done you xxx

Rhyleysgranny said...

Thank you ladies :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Granny, the picture of your chocolate loaf on Violet's Pantry brought me over to check out the recipe. Yum! Wish I had some in my kitchen to cut a slice from!!
Love Jen and Billie x

Anonymous said...

My Mum in Sydney saw this picture and wanted the recipe. So have just emailed her the recipe and your blog addie. She has fallen in love with the Ruby choc cake.
Thank you, love Sal.