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Recipe: Double chocolate fudge cake


50g butter, plus extra for greasing

65g caster sugar

75g light muscovado sugar

150g plain flour

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

1tbsp cocoa powder

2 large eggs

65g good-quality plain chocolate

2tsp black treacle

1tsp almond or vanilla extract

100ml full-fat milk, slightly warmed

For the white chocolate icing filling:

125g good-quality white chocolate

50g unsalted butter

75g icing sugar, sifted

For the chocolate ganache:

200ml double cream

50g unsalted butter

3tbsp clear honey

200g good-quality plain chocolate, finely chopped

For the white chocolate curls:

100g white chocolate

Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Butter 2 x 20cm loose-bottomed cake tins and line with non-stick baking paper. Put the butter and sugars in a large bowl and beat until smooth. Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder into a separate bowl. Beat the eggs into the butter and sugar mix, following each with a spoonful of the flour mixture. Put the chocolate, treacle and almond or vanilla extract in a medium bowl, set it over a pan of simmering water and leave to melt. Remove from the heat when melted. Carefully fold into the cake mix. Fold in the remaining flour, alternating with the warmed milk until smooth. Divide between the two tins and then bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 20 minutes. Leave to cool.

To make the white chocolate icing, put the white chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Add two tablespoons of boiling water and stir gently until melted. Remove from the heat and beat in the icing sugar. For the white chocolate curls, melt the chocolate over a pan of gently simmering water. Pour onto a plastic chopping board and spread until it forms an even layer. Place in the fridge and chill for 15 minutes, until set. Run a vegetable peeler over the surface to make curls of chocolate. Put one cake, bottom side up, onto a large serving platter, top with the icing and then put the other cake on top.

To make the chocolate ganache icing, put the double cream in a saucepan over a medium heat and bring just to the boil. Remove from the heat and add the butter, honey and chopped chocolate. Leave to melt and then stir briefly to combine. Leave to cool slightly to allow it to become a little more viscous, and then spread over the top and sides of the cake. Smooth the edges using a palate knife and then decorate with the white chocolate curls.

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