Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (i used valrhona)
  • 3/4 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt (i used 1/2 tsp)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (i used light brown sugar)
  • 65 gram butter ( i used unsalted butter)
  • 1 large egg – size A
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk (i used fresh milk and added lemon juice)
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  1. Preheat oven at 170C .. greased cake tin ( 8″ – 7″)
  2. Sieve flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate soda, salt, and set aside.
  3. Beat butter with sugars until light and fluffy, add egg.
  4. Add dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder etc) alternately with liquid ingredients (buttermilk + warm water) in three portions
  5. Add vanilla extract and continue to mix till well blended
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes or until just cooked

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

  • 250 g cream cheese (room temp)
  • 125 g butter (room temp)
  • 1 cup icing sugar – sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • juice of a squeezed slice of lemon, to rid the cheese taste
  1. Beat cream cheese and butter, just until creamy, add the icing sugar, vanilla and lemon juice.

Chocolate Ganache Ingredients:

  • 200 ml double cream with at least 30% fat content (i used Millac – 38% fat)
  • 250 g dark chocolate, chopped finely (i used valrhona – 70%)
  • a pinch of salt
  1. In a double boiler, warm double cream until just at boiling point, add chopped chocolate and salt and stir, when all chocolate is melted, remove from the heat and continue stirring until all well mixed.
  2. Cool cake completely, spread the cream cheese frosting and pour cool ganache on top.
  3. Decorate with fresh strawberries!

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