This is such a well behaved sponge, I make it really often, it's so simple and normally I have all the ingredients in the cupboard and fridge ( if you don't have sour cream use double cream with 2 tsp of lemon juice). I never really liked chocolate cake before this one and to be honest I'm still not a lover of the artificial tasting shop bought ones, but this moist just about right chocolate flavour cake is so good, I haven't found anyone who doesn't like it. Great for a wedding topper, birthday cake, just for an afternoon tea cake. It's like a little black dress you can dress up or down..............
165 g softened butter
300 g caster sugar
65 g S/R flour
200 g plain flour
1 tsp bicarb
70 g cocoa powder
200 ml of sour cream & 50 g cream cheese mixed together
cook for an hour @ 180
Mix caster sugar and butter until light and fluffy, add eggs one at a time beating in between each egg.Sieve flours bicarb and cocoa into a bowl, add half to mixture, fold in, add half of sour cream & cream cheese, fold in, then repeat with both, spoon into a 8 inch prepared tin. Cook for about an hour, leave to cool for 10 mins before turning out onto a wire rack. I like to create little holes in the top with a cocktail stick and spoon a couple of spoons of a liquor over, either raspberry or orange are my favourites.
I cover with either a buttercream flavoured with the liquor, a chocolate ganache or a chocolate collar
With a chocolate collar and strawberries.
With a chocolate collar topped with a chocolate ganache.
Hi my name is Jo Wheatley, some of you may know me as the winner of 2011 Great British Bake off. Since finishing GBBO I have started up a Home bakery school from my house in Essex (the class dates are listed in masterclasses) and I've now written 2 books 'A passion for baking' on general release & 'Home Baking' available exclusively in Sainsburys and where I also write my monthly column for their lovely foodie magazine. I would love to hear from you with any questions you may have and I promise to answer if I can! (for a quicker response Facebook or Twitter me) Love JoX