Luxury Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe

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serves:

16

Skill:

easy

Total Time:

01:15
plus cooling

Prep:

00:00

Cooking:

00:00

Treat yourself to this indulgent and creamy chocolate layer cake. True, it’s not the healthiest dessert, but everyone needs a tasty treat every now and then (that’s what cheat days are for!)

It’s moist and moreish, so is perfect for your next dinner party. It also makes a superb birthday cake, and is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Best of all, the cake is surprisingly easy to make – but the end result is so great that it looks shop-bought! Go on – give it a go, you know you want to…

HOW TO MAKE A CHOCOLATE LAYER CAKE

Ingredients

  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • FOR THE FILLING
  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 280g cream cheese (Philadelphia)
  • 100g icing sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste
  • FOR THE GANACHE
  • 300ml double cream
  • 200g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1tbsp chocolate vermicelli
  • YOU WILL NEED
  • 2 x 20cm sandwich tins, greased and lined with baking parchment

Method

  • Heat the oven to 160C fan, gas 4. In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, eggs, sugar, flour, cocoa powder and baking powder with an electric whisk.

  • Divide the mix between the tins and bake for 25 minutes, until springy to the touch. Allow to cool and slice each cake horizontally into 2.

  • For the filling, beat half the cream cheese with the other ingredients, then add the remaining cream cheese. Don’t over-beat and leave in the fridge until you’re ready to use.

  • For the ganache, heat the cream to almost boiling, then pour over the chocolate and stir until well combined. Allow to cool.

  • Spread a third of the filling over 3 layers of cake and stack them up. Put the final cake on top and pour over the ganache to coat the top and sides. Decorate the top with chocolate vermicelli.

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