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Best ever chocolate cake 

This simply the one and only chocolate cake you will ever need to make ever again, what better way to celebrate  a birthday

Its a little technical but worth the effort, make the day before hand for best results 

Line 2 20 to 25cm spring form cake tins with baking paper at the bottom, then rub butter around the edges, put in a handful of flour and roll it around so it sticks to the butter giving you double protection  against sticking, preheat the oven to 150 Celsius 

  • 400g of best quality 70% dark chocolate

  • 250g butter

  • 12 large eggs separated into yolks and whites 

  • 500g caster sugar 

  • 50g flour 

Melt the chocolate and butter together in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, stir to combine

In a kitchen aid or similar mixer or with electric better, whisk the egg yolk and sugar on high for about 5 mins until becomes pale, remove the mix and transfer to a large clean bowl, then throughly clean the mixing bowl ready to whisk the egg whites

whisk the whites on high until they reach soft peaks 

Now mix the chocolate and butter mix into the egg yolk and sugar mixture, now take a third of the whisked whites and mix it in to loosen the mix, take the rest of the whites and fold them in gently, finally add the flour shifted, now split the mix between the cake rings and bake for 50 mins, check they are cooked through by inserting a skewer comes out clean

Run a small knife around the edges of the tin and pop the spring to realise the sides, place on wire rack to let them cool, then transfer to the fridge before assembly  

Icing and assembly

  • 200g 70% dark chocolate broken up

  • 400ml double or thickened cream

Put the cream into a pan and bring to the boil, take of the heat and put in the Chocolate stir until its combined and silky, transfer it to the kitchen aid mixing bowl or which ever bowl you intend to use to whisk it up 

Refrigerate until it sets solid, take out of the fridge and leave for 20 mins, then gently whisk it until it lightens in colour and becomes fluffy, be-careful  not to over whisk as it might split at this stage so take your time

Then ice the top of one cake and put the other one on top, ice the top and sides, pipe roses, sprinkle  with unicorn confetti or what ever makes you happy

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