Rich chocolate cake with ganache

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup  Cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tsp instant coffee powder(got this idea from Divya Kudua's blog easycooking )

Ingredients for Whipped cream frosting 

  • 3tbsp  unsalted butter (softened)
  • 6 tbsp caster or icing sugar
  • 400ml whipping cream (I used Emborg)
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence

Ingredients for ganache (recipe from blog easycooking)

  • 200 grms semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 200 ml heavy cream

Method for Cake

1. Grease two 8 or 9 inch cake tin and keep aside.

2.Pre heat oven at 175 degree C.

3.Mix 2 tsp instant coffee powder in the boiling water and keep aside.

4. Sieve flour, baking powder, baking soda ,cocoa powder and salt.Place it in a big mixing bowl,add the sugar.

5.Add eggs,milk,oil and vanilla essence into the mixing bowl.Beat with an electric whisk on medium speed for 2 minutes.Pour in the boiling water (with coffee powder) into the batter and mix well.The batter will be thin.

6. Divide the batter into the prepared tins and bake for 30 to 35 minutes at 175 degree C till the cake is done.

7.Cool the cake for 5 minutes in the tin,then cool it completely on wire rack before icing it.

Method to prepare Ganache

  1. Pour cream into a thick bottomed vessel, place on  low flame.When the bubbles form around sides of the pan,remove from flame and pour on to the chocolate chips.Let it stay for a few minutes,mix till the chocolate and cream is well blended and the chocolate chips are melted.
  2. You will have an amazing smooth and silky batter.let the ganache cool down completely before using.If it hardens then heat in a microwave for few seconds.keep this aside.

Method to prepare whipped cream frosting

  1. Beat sugar and butter in a bowl using an electric whisk,when its creamy add the salt, vanilla essence and cream.
  2. Whip on high speed till thick and fluffy.Place in the fridge till further use.

how to assemble

  1. Place one Chocolate cake on a cake tray. slice the top part of the cake to make it even(at this point you can place three strips of baking paper around the edges of the cake,this helps in keeping the cake tray clean while you are icing the cake.after the icing the cake just pull away the baking paper).Put 4 to 5 tbsp of whipped cream frosting on the cake and spread it evenly. Pour around 4 tbsp of cooled ganache on the whipped cream and spread.Place another cake on top of the ganache.
  2. Slice top of the cake to make it even and flat.Use all the whipped cream frosting and cover the cake the cake in the fridge for 10 minute,
  3. Remove the cake and pour the ganache on top of the cake,You can let the ganache drip down the sides of the cake or spread it around the entire cake.
  4. Place the cake in fridge till the ganache sets, once its set remove the baking paper on the sides of the cake (ganache would have dripped on it)
  5. Decorate the cake .I have used sprinkles to decorate this cake.
  6. Serve with vanilla icecream .