I love chocolate. There, I said it. And if you’re a normal human being, you’ll love chocolate too, so you should make this. That’s really all I need to say (that and it’s super, super easy and delish!). Also this recipe is enough for two of these sized cakes, but if you used a big, round tin you could make it into one big, thick, gooey chocolate layer cake instead.
Look at that chocolatey goodness.. Let’s crack on, shall we!?
Adapted from The Londoner
- 200g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
- 170g unsalted butter
- 350g light brown soft sugar
- 3 large eggs, separated
- 370g plain flour, sifted
- 1 1/2 Tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/2 Tsp. bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 Tsp. salt
- 500ml semi-skimmed milk
- 2 Tsp. good quality vanilla extract
For the frosting:
- 1 tub Betty Crocker chocolate fudge icing
For the filling:
- Equal quantities butter and icing sugar
- 1 pack Oreos, crushed
1. Preheat the oven to 170 C. Grease and line your cake tins.
2. Break up the chocolate pieces and melt, either in the microwave or in a bain-marie. Stir well – you want it smooth.
3. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until it’s pale and smooth. Beat the egg yolks and add to the butter/sugar mixture, then add the melted chocolate and beat well.
4. In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients: that is, the flour, baking powder, bicarb and salt. Combine the milk and vanilla extract in a jug. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat well. Then add 1/3 of the milk mixture and beat well. Continue until it’s all in one bowl of lovely cake batter.
5. In a clean bowl (I hope you have a dishwasher!) whisk the egg whites with an electric whisk until soft peaks begin to form. Carefully fold these into the mixture – do not beat! Divide the mixture evenly between your cake tins and bake for about 30 minutes. Leave to cool.
6. When cool, even the top of the cakes out by slicing the uneven bits off – it’s not a great look! Depending on your cake tin, you may need to slice it in half lengthways – I did for mine.
7. Make the butter cream! Mix the butter and icing sugar until combined, then add the crushed Oreos (some may not make it to the mix, and that’s okay. Chef’s perks to eat along the way). Slather this onto the top of one of your cakes, and sandwich the other cake on top.
8. Now for the fun part! Smother the chocolate cake with the Betty Crocker mix! And there you have it! A beast of a chocolate cake!