Thursday, 14 February 2013

Valentine's Day tastes like chocolate

Today's Valentine's Day. And I think there is nothing which best deines Valentine's than hearts and chocolate. So, for a chocoholic me, there's no better excuse ...

So, here is... The Total Chocolate Cake: Chocolate cake filled with chocolate ganache, covered with chocolate fondant.

I wanted the decoration very simple, so I made little royal icing dots forming a heart.

If you don't have chocolate rolled fondant, you can cover the cake just with the ganache, it will just as good.


Ingredients (for the cake using a 6/7 inch round pan)
  • 150 gr bitter chocolate, chopped
  • 115 gr  butter, room temperature
  • 230 gr light soft brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 250 gr flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 335 ml semi-skimmed milk, room temperature
  • 1.5 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the chocolate ganache:
  • 200 gr bitter chocolate
  • 200 gr whipping cream/double cream
We'll also need chocolate rolled fondant (I used Satin Ice)

We started making the ganache (it's better to prepared the night before)
Heat the whipping cream in the microwave for two minutes. Add the chocolate chopped and mix with a whisk until it's completely melted. Let cold completely and put it on the fridge, covered with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic touches the surface of the ganache. You'll nedd to take off the fridge the ganache two hours (more or less depending on the temperature of your house) before assembling the cake.

Now, let's make the cake.

Preheat oven to 190ºC (375ºF)

In the microwave, melt chocolate (previously chopped) heating in 30 seconds burst until it's completely melted. Let it cool.

In a mixer, cream the butter, add the sugar and continue beating until the mixture is creamy. Beat the egg yolks in a clean bowl. Add them to the butter and sugar mixture and mix until it's completely integrated. Then add the chocolate and beat again until all ingredients are perfectly mixed.

In a jar, mix well milk and vanilla extract. Sift flour with baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Add 1/3 of the mixture of flour and 1/3 of milk and vanilla and beat until completely mixed. Repeat this process two more times.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff, add them to the mixture and stir with a spatula making soft enveloping movements until fully incorporated.

Put the mixture in the pan and bake about 30-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let stand about 10 minutes. Unmold and let cool on a rack.

For assembling, first level the cake, then cut into four layers.Fill it and cover it with the ganache, as smooth as possible, and then, cover it with the fondant. Decorate as you want and that's it! Enjoy it with that special person.

¡Happy Valentine's day!


  1. Hello! The cake is awesome, but you forgot to wrote how many grams of chocolate goes into the chocolate cake (biscuit)!
    Can't wait to try this cake!
    Best wishes from Serbia!
    Radmila :)

    1. That's true!! Fixed!! You can try it now!!!!!!! Enjoy!!!!!

  2. Thanks a lot! I will, as soon as possible and I 'll let you know my impressions. There is no doubt that the cake is delicious!! :)

  3. Hey :)
    I've made your cake yesterday and am loving it very much!
    Thanks for sharing! It's so fluffy and moist at the same time and perfectely chocolate-y. I'm definitely going to try some of the other receipts you have on here!