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Chocolate cake

  • Vegetarian Diet

    Diet based on cereals, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and other animal foods such as honey and eggs. Excludes meat, fish, mollusks.

Chocolate cake

Method

For the cake

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (356° F), set to fan.
  • Butter and flour with cocoa powder 3 round cake pans of 20 cm diameter.
  • In a bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder.
  • Add the sugar and salt, and mix with a spoon.  
  • In a mixer’s bowl, beat the buttermilk, sunflower oil, and eggs with the whisk attachment at medium speed, until they are homogenized.
  • Lower the speed and add, in batches, the solid ingredients of the bowl.
  • Dissolve the coffee into the boiling water, add the vanilla extract, and then add this mixture into the mixer’s bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Mix until homogenized. It will have a quite runny consistency.
  • Divide it into the cake pans and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • Set the cake pans onto a rack to cool for 10 minutes, then take them out of the pans and set them on the rack again to cool completely.

For the buttercream

  • Melt the chocolate in a bain marie or in the microwave at 800 Watt.
  • In a mixer’s bowl, beat the butter, condensed milk, heavy cream, and vanilla extract with the whisk attachment at medium speed for 3-4 minutes.
  • Sift the cocoa powder and the icing sugar into a bowl, lower the speed to minimum, and in batches, add the mixture into the mixer.
  • Beat for 1-2 more minutes at high speed.
  • Lastly, add the melted chocolate and increase the mixer’s speed to the highest.
  • As soon as the ingredients are homogenized, remove the bowl from the mixer.

For the chocolate ganache

  • In a bowl, add the chocolate couverture, heavy cream, and butter.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the microwave at 800 Watt, for 1 minute.
  • Mix and if the chocolate hasn’t melted, heat for half a minute more.
  • When it becomes a smooth, glossy ganache and is cool enough, place it into a pastry bag.
  • If you do not have a microwave, cut the chocolate in pieces and place it into a bowl. Heat the heavy cream until it comes to a boil, and pour it over the chocolate pieces by mixing well.

To decorate-assemble

  • Melt the chocolate couverture with the sunflower oil in bain marie or in the microwave at 800 Watt for 1 or 1½ minute.
  • Line a 20x30 cm baking pan with parchment paper and pour the chocolate into it.
  • Spread it with a straight spatula, until it has the same thickness everywhere.
  • Place the baking pan into the refrigerator for 30 minutes, so that the chocolate thickens – it will have thickened when it is no longer glossy.
  • Divide the buttercream into 5 parts.
  • Place the first cake layer onto your platter, and spread the 1/5 with a spatula.
  • Cover with the second cake layer and continue with the same process, by spreading the cream on top of each cake layer, so to cover the sides of the cake with the last batch.
  • Add the last quantity of the cream into a pastry bag and create rosettes on the surface of the cake.
  • Place the cake in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Then, pour the ganache all around the cake (not from the center but from its side), so that it runs down the cake’s sides.
  • With a knife, cut the decoration chocolate into asymmetric pieces, when it is thick enough, and garnish the cake.

 

Tip

You can turn your cake into a Christmas one or even a kid’s birthday cake, by garnishing it according to the relevant concept!

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Nutritional
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Nutrition information per 100 gr.

456
Calories (kcal)
23 %

Calories

Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

27.0
Total Fat (g)
39 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

15.0
Saturated Fat (g)
75 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

46.0
Total Carbs (g)
18 %

Carbohydrates

The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

38.0
Sugars (g)
42 %

Sugars

Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

4.8
Protein (g)
10 %

Protein

It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

0.0
Fibre (g)
0 %

Fibers

They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

0.0
Sodium (g)
0 %

Salt

A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo 917a1b6ba55874b5d139866e10c236ccff8cbaa226cb4c05ba54efca0b20cc63

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