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Devils Food Cake with a Pistachio Twist

I love chocolate and pistachio together but this cake is so versatile it works perfectly without the nuts too, in fact I made a 3 layer birthday cake out of it last night.
Devils food cake
250g c sugar
250g S/R flour
1 tsp baking powder
1tsp bicarb
60g cocoa
3 eggs
150mk whole milk
150ml sunflower oil
1 shot of express made up to 100 ml with boiling water
60g finely chopped pistachio nuts

In a large bowl mix all of the above ingredients together except coffee, water and nuts, slowly incorporate the coffee and water pour into 3 x 20cm sandwich tins bake in a preheated oven 170 for 10 mins. 

Slide out the oven trays, then sprinkle over the chopped nuts, pop back and bake for a further 15 mins.  Leave to cool in the tins for about 5 mins then cool completely on wire racks.

In the photo I actually filled and topped with buttercream but I have found the ganache worked better. 

For the ganache
400ml double cream
350g good dark chocolate
150g milk chocolate
40g pistachio nuts

Chop the chocolate really finely, bring the cream to the boil, leave the cream to cool for about 3 minutes, add the chocolate and stir until shinny. Leave to cool and firm before assembling the cake. 

Place the first cake nut side up on to your serving plate, cover with ganache, sandwich with one of the cakes, repeat with the reaming cake, cover the top in a layer of ganache then add a circle of whole pistachio nuts to embellish. 

*Bring the cream to a boil then leave to cool slightly before adding the chocolate, this will give you a nice shinny ganache