Lynda's Heavenly Chocolate Cake

A heavenly triple layered cake perfect for special occasions
Ingredients: 

Cake

300g Longley Farm Jersey Butter at room temperature

200g caster sugar

225g soft light brown sugar

3 large eggs, beaten

350g plain flour

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

100g cocoa

Pinch of salt

150ml Longley Farm Buttermilk

150ml boiling water

Ganache

200g dark chocolate, finely chopped

225ml Longley Farm double cream

25g Longley Farm butter

25g caster sugar

Buttercream

150g dark chocolate, chopped

200g caster sugar

3 large egg whites

250g Longley Farm Butter, softened and diced

1 tsp vanilla extract

Method: 

Cake

Preheat the oven to 180C

Cream the butter with the sugar until pale and light

Gradually add the eggs, mixing well between each addition. Add the vanilla extract.

Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa and salt to the mixture and mix until almost combined. Add the buttermilk and boiling water and mix until smooth.

Divide the cake batter between 3 x 20cm sandwich tins and bake on the middle shelf of your preheated oven for about 25 minutes until well risen, firm and a wooden skewer inserted into the middle of the cakes comes out clean.

Cool the cakes in the tins for a couple of minutes then turn out onto a wire cooling rack

Ganache

Put the chocolate into a bowl

Put the cream, butter and sugar in a small saucepan and heat until just boiling

Pour the cream mixture over the chocolate and leave for 5 minutes until the chocolate has melted

Stir until smooth then set aside until thick enough to pipe

Buttercream

Place chocolate into a heatproof bowl and melt over a pan of simmering water. Remove from the heat, stir until smooth and leave to cool slightly.

Put the sugar and egg whites into another heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Using a hand whisk, whisk until the mixture is thick, glossy white, hot to the touch and the mixture leaves a ribbon trail wehn the whisk is lifted from the bowl. This should take about 3 minutes.

Using a spatula, spoon the mixture into the bowl of a free-standing mixer and whisk until the meringue has doubled in volume, cooled and will stand in stiff, glossy peaks - this will take roughly 3 minutes.

Gradually add the butter to the cooled meringue mixture, beating constantly until the frosting is smooth. Fold in the vanilla and melted chocolate.

Assemble the cake

Place the first cake layer on a serving plate and spread with 2-3 tbsps of buttercream

Top with the second cake layer and spread this with ganache. Top with the third cake layer and gently press the layers together.

Using a palette knife, spread the sides of the cake in an even layer of ganache.

Fit the silicone piping bag with the a star shaped nozzle and fill the bag with buttercream

Pipe buttercream rosettes in a circle around the edge of the cake. Pipe a second circle of rosettes inside this, leaving space for a circle of piped ganache. Continue like this until you reach the middle of the cake. Pipe a ring of buttercream rosettes around the base of the cake

Wash and dry the piping bag and fit with a smaller star-shaped nozzle. Fill the bag with the ganache and pipe rosettes between each circle of buttercream so that the top of the cake is completely covered.

 

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