Three layered chocolate feather cake

This is my absolute favourite chocolate cake in the world. Its the first cake picture I ever posted on Facebook and one of the reasons I decided to write this blog, it’s also become my gravatar for  this blog.  I made this for a movie night and I love that it’s so easy to cook but looks great 🙂 It went over great and the best part was if your layers aren’t even  -like mine was that night, because its so dark no one can tell!!! Anyway I’m procrastinating studying so instead I’m writing this up. I’ve had a sleepless week- hence the delayed posts, I think I’ve been averaging like 4 hours a night, culminating in a 13 hour sleep on friday! So hopefully this post sounds more energetic than the last 😛 So here it is!

Prep time: 40 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

for the cake

  • 200gm dark chocolate
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb
  • 250gm soft unsalted butter cubed
  • 1 1/4 cups caster sugar
  • 3 eggs separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 200ml light sour cream

for the filling

  • 250gm soft unsalted butter cubed
  • 500ml icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

for the ganache

  • 100gm dark chocolate
  • 75 mL pouring cream

Method:

for the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. in a bowl mix together the hot water, chocolate and bicarb
  3. cream the butter and beat in the sugar until light and fluffy!
  4. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time and stir in the vanilla. Then gradually beat in the chocolate.
  5. Fold in the flour mixture alternating with the sour cream until just combined.
  6. Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until soft peaks form, and mix into the batter.
  7. Divide between 20cm tins ( or if you have two add 1/3 in one and 2/3 in the other then cut the later in half)
  8. Bake for 30-45 mins or until a skewer comes out clean. Place on a drying ram and allow to completely cool

for the buttercream

  1. Cream the butter, and then gradually beat the icing sugar and cocoa powder in until well combined.
  2. Add the lemon juice and beat until smooth.

for the ganache

  1. On a low heat, mix the chocolate and cream until the mixture is smooth, shiny and mmm chocolatey

To assemble the cake

  1. Divide the butter cream into two and spread over one of the three cake bases. Add another cake layer on top and repeat with the remaining buttercream and cake.
  2. pour the ganache over the top and allow to drip over the edges.
  3. Cut, serve and mmm enjoy

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