“I HATE TO COOK” CHOCOLATE CAKE

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    “I HATE TO COOK” CHOCOLATE CAKE

    Chocolate Cake

    Ingredients

    400g dark chocolate
    100g sugar
    200g butter
    4 eggs, separated
    20g almond meal
    Good dollop of Pegasus tawny or Cointreau (optional)
    1/3 Cup Berries (optional)

    Melt the chocolate and butter, add the optional dollop of alcohol and mix. Add the almond meal and gently mix. Add egg yolk and mix. Add optional fruit and alcohol.

    In a separate bowl combine sugar and egg white together until peaks form and gently mix into chocolate mixture until just combined.

    Put into a lined pan. I use a 5cm by 20cm tin and cook at 160 degrees for 1 hour.

    Once out of oven if you want more decadence dribble extra alcohol over cake as it is cooling down. Do not do this if cake is being served to children.

    Chocolate Ganache

    Ingredients

    200g chocolate
    100g cream
    1 tsp butter
    1 tsp liquid glucose

    Heat cream to 95 degrees or just before boiling point. Take off heat, add butter, glucose and chopped chocolate until all melted and combined. Never boil cream, or it will split.

    If chocolate is not melting put on a low heat and stir until completely melted.

    Let it partially set before tipping over cake.

    Buttercream

    Ingredients

    200g chocolate
    100g cream
    1 tsp butter
    1 tsp liquid glucose

    Beat butter until white, add zest and icing sugar and beat until combined, taste for flavour.

    Cut cake in half, length ways. Place a small amount of the Ganache on bottom of plate (to stop cake from moving around) and put the first half of cake top with butter cream and place rest of cake over top.

    Smear the top and sizes of cake with ganache and serve.

    If it’s all too hard, dust the cake with cocoa powder. It does taste good this way too!

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