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Dark chocolate cake, served with berry glaze and chocolate shavings

18th March 2018
Dark chocolate cake, served with berry glaze and chocolate shavings
Serves 12
A delicious decedent chocolate cake... perfect for any occasion (you may need to make 2... one for you and one for the occasion).
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
For the Cake
  1. 120g Butter
  2. 240g Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa
  3. 100ml Canola oil
  4. 230g Brown sugar
  5. 3 Eggs
  6. 220g Cake flour
  7. 1tsp Baking powder
  8. 1tsp Baking soda
  9. 50g Quality Cocoa powder
  10. 280g Buttermilk
  11. 200g Sour Cream
For the Icing
  1. 200ml Cream
  2. 100g Buttermilk
  3. 130g Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa
  4. 100g Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa
  5. 50g Butter
For the Berry Glaze
  1. 250ml Water
  2. 220g Caster Sugar
  3. 100g Tinned Cherries
  4. 300g Mixed Berries
For the Shavings
  1. 1 Lindt Chocolate Slabs (different chocolates)
For the Cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C
  2. Gently melt together the butter and the chocolate and allow to cool.
  3. Place sugar into a large bowl and sift in the cocoa powder, flour and raising agents.
  4. Whisk the eggs until light and pale. Mix into the dry ingredients.
  5. Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture, oil, buttermilk, sour cream and colour if using.
  6. Divide the mixture into two greased 180cm cake tins and bake for around 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  7. Set aside to cool.
For the icing
  1. Bring the cream and buttermilk to the boil.
  2. Pour over Chocolate and blitz until smooth using a stick blender.
  3. Blend in the Butter and allow to rest, covered with clingfilm overnight at room temperature.
For the Glaze
  1. Place water Caster Sugar in a small saucepan.
  2. Stir over low heat until sugar dissolves.
  3. Bring to the boil for 2 mins.
  4. Take off heat, add cherries and allow them to stand in syrup for 5 mins.
  5. Strain cherries from syrup.
  6. Return syrup to saucepan and heat to a simmer for 10-15 mins or until thick and syrupy.
  7. Cool slightly, return cherries to syrup and mix through berries.
For the Shavings
  1. Heat chocolate on a double boiler
  2. Pour chocolate on hard counter
  3. Allow to cool and then scrape into various sized shards
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