Hannah’s triple chocolate cake (recipe)

Hannah's triple chocolate cake - it’s a chocolate cake, with white chocolate frosting filling, and white chocolate frosting coating, swirled with cocoa powder. Oh yes, it is a chocolatey cake.

Mmmm, more. More please. More – Miss J, 1 (while licking the spatula)

Today is my friend’s birthday. She is lovely, so I made her a cake. She loves chocolate, so it’s a chocolate cake, with white chocolate frosting filling, and white chocolate frosting coating, swirled with cocoa powder. Oh yes, it is a chocolatey cake.

If you’d like to taste it for yourself, here’s how to make it…

Ingredients

For the sponge:

  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 3 medium free range eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 175g unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp whole milk

For the icing:

  • 380g icing sugar
  • 150g butter, melted slightly
  • 100g white chocolate
  • Up to 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cocoa to dust

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan assisted)
  2. To make the sponge, beat together the butter and sugar together
  3. Beat in the eggs and vanilla
  4. Fold in the flour and cocoa
  5. Stir in the milk
  6. Pour the cake batter into a loose-bottomed, greased and floured cake tin
  7. Bake in the centre of the oven for 40 minutes until springy on top
  8. Run a knife round the tin, lift out and cool on a rack
  9. Meanwhile, to make the frosting, warm the butter until very soft and about half melted
  10. Whisk together with the icing sugar, then pour in the melted white chocolate and beat again
  11. Add the milk a little at a time and beat again, it will go smooth. Stop adding if it looks too thin – keep beating and it will double in size
  12. When the sponge is completely cool, cut in half to create a sandwich
  13. Using some of the frosting to fill the cake, then put it back together
  14. Use the rest of the frosting to cover the whole cake
  15. Hold a sieve well above the cake and sprinkle over the cocoa powder until there’s a thin layer all over the top
  16. Use a fork to gently swirl the icing to create an effect as pictured

I did my best to wrap the cake up so that it arrives in one piece – fingers crossed and happy birthday, Hannah!

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