Chocolate cake

Chocolate cake
Makes: 1 x 20cm cake ,Preparation time: 1 hour ,Baking timezl hour ,Oven temperature: 180°C

• 790ml (440g) cake flour
• 125ml (40g) cocoa powder
• 20mI baking powder
• 260ml (240g) soft butter
• 320g (370ml) castor sugar
• 4 large eggs
• 275ml milk
• butter icing (recipe on page 14) or chocolate ganache (recipe below)
• fresh berries or sugared roses, to garnish

1 Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powderand a pinch of salt together into a large mixing bowl.

2 Beat the butter and castor sugar until light. Add the eggs to the butter mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition.

3 Fold the flour mixture into the butter mixture, alternating with the milk, until just mixed. Pour into two greased 20cm cake tins. Bake in a preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

4 Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tins for l0 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

5 Spread with butter icing or ganache and decorate with berries or roses. Chocolate ganache Heat 250ml cream in a saucepan over a how heat. Add 200g dark chocolate pieces and stir until melted. Remove from the heat and set aside. Refrigerate until hrm. Beat until lig ht and creamy.

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