Chocolate Cake

Tutorial

This is the recipe I use when I want an extra special chocolate cake for a birthday, celebration or wedding cake. It is a little bit more fiddly than the Madeira recipe but well worth mastering as it produces a chocolate cake with a strong flavour and a wonderful velvety texture that is easy to carve into shapes.It is essential that you use a mixer with a whisk attachment as well as a normal beater for this recipe. If you don’t posess a mixer, all is not lost, simply use the Madeira cake recipe but add some cocoa powder to it.

One thing to be aware of is that as this cake cooks a crust will form on the top of the cake. This may scorch a little as the cake cooks. Don’t panic if this happens. When you come to decorate the cake it’s best to slice the crust off anyway and discard it. The sponge beneath the scorched crust will be moist and perfect.

Square pan 15 cm
6 inch
18 cm
7 inch
20 cm
8 inch
23 cm
9 inch
25 cm
10inch
28 cm
11inch
30 cm
12inch
Round pan 15 cm
6 inch
18 cm
7 inch
20 cm
8 inch
23 cm
9 inch
25 cm
10inch
28 cm
11inch
30 cm
12inch
Butter 90 g
3 oz
120 g
4 oz
175 g
6 oz
225 g
8 oz
300 g
10 oz
350 g
12 oz
400 g
14 oz
450 g
1 lb
Caster

sugar

45 g
1 1/2oz
75 g
2 1/2oz
120 g
4 oz
150 g
5 oz
175 g
6 oz
200 g
7 oz
250 g
8 oz
275 g
9 oz
Eggs – separated (medium)  3 4  6  8  10 12  14  16
Plain Chocolate 150 g
5 oz
175 g
6 oz
225 g
8 oz
300 g
10 oz
350 g
12 oz
400 g
14 oz
450 g
1 lb
500 g
1lb 2oz
Icing sugar 25 g
1 oz
45 g
1 1/2oz
60 g
2 oz
90 g
3 oz
100 g
3 1/2 oz
130 g
4 1/2 oz
150 g
5 oz
175 g
6 oz
Self raising flour 90 g
3 oz
 120 g
4 oz
175 g
6 oz
 225 g
8 oz
300 g
10 oz
350 g
12 oz
400 g
14 oz
450 g
1 lb
  Baking time (approx)   45 mins   45mins – 1 hr   1 hr   1-1 1/4 hrs   1-1 1/4 hrs   1 1/4 – 1 1/2 hrs   1 1/4 – 1 3/4 hrs   1 1/4 – 2 hrs

Equipment

I thought it was worth making a list of the equipment you will need for this recipe as on first reading – it may look like an awful lot of bowls and beaters!

  • Lined cake tin
  • Electric mixer with both beater and whisk attachments
  • A bowl for the electric mixer
  • Two small bowls for separating the egg whites and yolks into.
  • A large spare heatproof bowl for melting the chocolate
  • A large metal spoon for folding the flour into the mix.
  • A spatula for scraping out every last drop!
  • Sieve

Method

Tutorial

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1

Pre-heat your oven to 180º C / 350º F / Gas mark 4 and line your cake tin.

Step 1

Step 2

Separate the eggs, placing the whites and yolks in two different bowls.

Step 2

Step 3

Melt the chocolate in a large heatproof bowl and place to one side.

Step 3

Step 4

Using the beater attatchment on your mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until  fluffy.

Step 4

Step 5

Add the egg yolks to the mixture and beat them in too.

Step 5

Step 6

Tip the chocolate into the mixture. Scrape as much out as you can. Keep and place the bowl the chocolate was melted in on one side. Mix the melted chocolate into the batter on a low speed.

Step 6

Step 7

Sift and gently stir the flour into the chocolate mixture using a metal spoon.

Step 7

Step 8

Scrape the chocolate mixture out of your mixer’s mixing bowl into the melted chocolate bowl. Remove the beater off the mixer and wash and dry the mixing bowl.

Step 8

Step 9

Put the whisk element onto your mixer and place the egg whites into the cleaned mixing bowl. Whisk the egg whites until they’re stiff then add the icing sugar and whisk that in too.

Step 9

Step 10

Remove the whisk and put the beater back onto your mixer. Scrape the chocolate mixture into the egg whites and mix the two together on a slow speed.

It may take a minute or two but they will mix smoothly together eventually.

Step 10

Step 11

Scrape the cake mixture into the prepared tin and bake immediately.

Step 11

Step 12

When the cake is ready it should be silent – no bubbling noises. To be absolutely  sure, insert a knife or metal skewer. (You may have to cut a small chunk out of the cake’s crust to do this).  If it comes out clean then the cake is done. If there’s mixture on the skewer, cook for a little longer.

Step 12

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