Family favourites: Chocolate buttermilk cake
Whether your lighting candles for a birthday, celebrating some special news, or simply craving an indulgent dessert - this decadent chocolate cake ticks all the boxes.
Serves 12 slices
IngredientsCocoa powder 50gButter 125gVegetable oil 125mlWater 250 mlSugar 375g2 whole eggsPinch of saltSelf-raising flour 250gBaking powder 15gButtermilk 125ml (or yogurt if you prefer)Dark chocolate 125g23cm springform cake tin
To serveRaspberriesWhipped cream
For a fancy option150g dark chocolate (the higher the cocoa solids the better)150ml of double creamRehydrated raspberry powderIcing sugar
Melt cocoa, butter, oil & water in a saucepan, stirring until the whole thing becomes one liquid mixture.
Whisk the eggs in a bowl to get air into them. Then add in half the sugar and beat until it goes white. Add the rest of the sugar.
In large mixing bowl add the dark chocolate. Then pour the hot cocoa mix from the stove over the top of the chocolate to melt it. Mix.
Add creamed sugar and eggs, then the buttermilk
Add flour & baking powder all at once. Mix until the lumps come away.
Line the base of the tin with baking paper and grease the sides with spray oil or butter
Pour the mixture into the tin and bake at 185 for 35-40 mins.
Simple version:Pile up raspberries and whipped cream on top of the sponge.
Break your chocolate up into chunks and add to a bowl.
Warm cream in a pan. While the cream is heating, prepare the cake for the ganache - run a fork across the top of the sponge to scour it and create small grooves.
Once the cream is boiled, pour it over the chocolate chunks and mix to melt the chocolate.
To help the ganache cool, run it up the side of the bowl with a spoon. This is important as you don’t want it to be too hot on the cake.
Pour into the middle of the cake and let gravity do its work. Shake the cake to help the ganache spread evenly.
Combine dehydrated raspberry powder with icing sugar in a small bowl.
Sift the flavoured icing sugar over the top and add any decorations that you like.