Sometimes you just want a simple chocolate cake (and sometimes actually means all the time if you happen to be me). This cake is simple, dark and indulgent. It’s my favourite chocolate cake recipe, and might just become yours too.
For the cake:
- 135 g all purpose flour
- 50 g cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- 225 ml milk of your choice (soy, almond, regular all work)
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- 150 g caster sugar
- 150 ml sunflower oil
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
For the whipped ganache:
- 200 g dark chocolate, chopped
- 150 ml hot water
- lots of ice
- Preheat the oven to 160°C. Line two 8 inch cake tins with baking paper.
- Put the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl and sift twice.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, vinegar, sugar, oil and vanilla extract. Pour into the flour mixture and whisk until well combined.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 40-55 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool in the tins for 10 minutes, then remove from tins and leave to cool completely.
- To make the ganache, add the chocolate into a large heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Make sure the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Leave the chocolate to melt, then stir until smooth and silky. Remove from heat.
- Pour the hot water into the bowl of chocolate and mix until nice and smooth.
- Place the bowl in a dish filled with ice cubes. Using an electric whisk, and quickly whisk the chocolate and water mixture thoroughly and quickly until stiff peaks form.
- If you don’t get peaks, melt some more chocolate and whisk in quickly.
- Spread the ganache between and on top of the cakes.