Let's face it - the British make lovely cakes, but somehow can't quite get chocolate cake right. And continental chocolate cakes are all cream. So it's to the Americans that we must turn for truly fabulous chocolate cakes. I've adapted this recipe from another on Epicurious that was really excellent - but put all the quantities and temperatures into the (much more sensible) metric system - and also altered a few ingredients to make them easier for Europeans to find. Good luck!
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.
Oil or butter two 24cm cake tins. Cut baking paper to fit the bottoms of the 2 tins.
Mix the flour, soda, baking powder, salt and chocolate powder.
Beat the butter and brown sugar till light. Mix in each egg - mixing. Beat in the vanilla. Mix in a third of the flour mix and the butter milk mix. Mix. Then another third of each. Mix. Then the last third of each. Mix. Beat in the warm water. Mix in the tiny chocolate pieces.
Divide batter into the 2 cake tins - and bake for about 30 minutes till a skewer comes out clean. Cool on racks.
For the frosting:
Put the sugar and water in a pan - and heat without stirring until it turns an amber colour. Turn off the heat - and slowly add the cream. It will bubble vigourously. Turn the heat back on low, and mix until any solid bits of caramel have melted.
Put the chocolate in pieces in a bowl - and pour the caramel mixture over it. Leave it to melt a little - then slowly mix it to a smooth consistency.
Put this in the fridge to set.
After about 2 hours, take it out, and let it temper for 1 hour. Then mix it as much as you can to lighten it slightly, then spread it between and over the 2 cake halves.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (281g)|
|Recipe Makes: 12|
|Calories from Fat: 642 (60%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 71.3g||95 %|
|Saturated Fat 43g||215 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 21g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 2.7g|
|Cholesterol 216mg||66 %|
|Sodium 232.6mg||8 %|
|Potassium 722.1mg||19 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 105.3g||31 %|
|Dietary Fiber 9.2g||37 %|
|Sugars, other 96.1g|
|Protein 11g||16 %|
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Calories per serving: 1072
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