Sunday 25 February 2018

Have your cake: Death by chocolate

Indulge your sweet tooth with these easy but delicious recipes from queen of cakes, Mary Berry

Death by chocolate
Death by chocolate

Mary Berry

I have given a generous amount of icing to fill and ice this cake, as it should be sheer luxury and a complete indulgence! The icing is very easy to make, but take care not to overheat it or it will lose its shine. For the same reason, don’t store the cake in the fridge - a cool place is fine.


2 loose-based 20cm/8in sandwich tins,

4cm (1½in) deep

275g/10oz plain flour

3 tbsps cocoa powder

1½ level tsp bicarbonate of soda

1½ level tsp baking powder

215g/7½oz caster sugar

3 tbsps golden syrup

3 large eggs, beaten

225ml/8fl oz sunflower oil

225ml/8fl oz milk

For the icing

450g/1lb plain chocolate (39pc cocoa

solids), broken into pieces

200g/7oz unsalted butter

For the chocolate waves

About 50g/2oz each white and plain

chocolate (39pc cocoa solids)


Preheat the oven to 160°C/fan 140°C/Gas Mark 3. Grease both the tins and line the bases with non-stick baking parchment. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the sugar and mix well. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the golden syrup, eggs, oil and milk. Beat well, using a wooden spoon, until smooth and then pour into the tins. Bake for about 35 minutes, until the cakes are well risen and spring back when pressed lightly with the fingertips. Turn out on to a wire rack, remove the lining paper and leave to cool completely. Cut each cake in half horizontally. To make the icing: Put the chocolate into a bowl placed over a pan of hot water. The water in the pan must not touch the bowl, or the chocolate may overheat.

Place the pan over a low heat until the chocolate has melted, stirring occasionally, then add the butter and stir until all the butter has melted. Put the bottom half of one cake on a wire rack and place a baking sheet underneath to catch the drips. Spoon a little of the icing on to the cake and spread it evenly to the sides. Repeat with the remaining cake layers, then pour the remaining icing over the top of the cake and smooth it evenly over the top and sides of the cake.

Leave to set.

To make the chocolate waves: Melt the chocolates in separate small bowls over a pan of hot water. Spread the chocolate on to four strips of foil about 4cm/1½in wide and 35cm/14in long.

Lay the strips carefully over two tins, placed on their sides on a baking sheet, to give a wavy shape. Allow to set in the fridge, then carefully peel off the foil and use.

‘100 Cakes and Bakes’ by Mary Berry is published by , Ebury Press, €8.99

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