Chocolate Layer Cake

Yield: 12 servings
 

Ingredients

1+½ cup (340 g) butter, softened
1+2/3 cup (365 g) sugar
6 eggs
2+2/3 cup (300 g) all-purpose flour
About 3/4 cup (120 g) finely ground almonds
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup boiling water

Ingredients for frosting

6 tablespoons (80 g) butter
7 oz (200 g) semisweet chocolate (40-60% cocoa)
2 eggs (salmonella-free)
7 oz (200 g) icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
Chocolate layer cake


Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F (Gas mark 4 or 180 deg C).
  2. Line two 9 inch (23 cm) cake tins with greaseproof or other non-stick paper and grease the tins.
  3. Beat the softened butter with sugar.
  4. Add one egg at a time, mix well between each egg.
  5. Mix with flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, vanilla extract, and finely ground almonds.
  6. Add ½ cup of boiling water and mix well.
  7. Transfer to two separate cake tins and bake at 350 degrees just until set in the middle, approximately 30-45 minutes. A wooden pick inserted in center should come out with just a few moist crumbs on it. Do not over-bake!
  8. Cool the cakes and cut each in half, horizontally. They are easier to cut if they are kept in a refrigerator for a few hours before cutting.

Frosting

  1. Melt butter and chopped chocolate in a double boiler.
  2. Beat the eggs with icing sugar and mix with the chocolate and butter mixture.
  3. Use two thirds of the frosting to sandwich the four layers together and coat the cake with the remainder of the frosting.
  4. Cool the cake in the fridge to harden the frosting. Place the cake at room temperature 1-2 hours before it is served.

Variations

  1. You may substitute the boiling water with hot coffee or tea.
  2. If you want a smaller cake use half the amount of each ingredient and one cake tin. Make then only two layers.
  3. For the frosting you must use an egg without salmonella risk. If this is not available, please use a different chocolate frosting.
This cake is approximately 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall. We have also a recipe for a chocolate layer cake with cocoa instead of chocolate. That cake is not as tall as this one.

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