Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

I think I have finally found perfection in a chocolate cake.  This was nothing short of amazing.  Rich, decadent and moist.  I was so satisfied after one piece.  This is it.  I may never use another chocolate cake recipe again!  It was hard to get photos of, as we had visitors around, and it disappeared pretty much before I had a chance to photograph!  The picture above was one of the final pieces.

I made this for hubby, as he is a chocolate cake fan, and he had fun decorating it.  I love our names on it - it is our wedding anniversary coming up in a few days so this was our pre-anniversary treat!  It was his first attempt at making chocolate decorations, and he called them his tornado's!  He put the cream in the middle, which made it extra yummy, but it definately would be just as good without it.

250g butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
1 3/4 cups plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup cocoa
1 cup sour cream
200g dark cooking chocolate, melted and cooled
Ganache for icing

Preheat oven to 160 degrees and grease and line a 22cm round cake tin.

Place softened butter and sugar into a bowl and beat until light and creamy.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa over the butter.  Add sour cream and melted chocolate and mix.  Spoon into tin and spread evenly. 

Bake for 55 - 60 minutes or until just cooked.

Cool on a rack and ice.  We cut in half and spread the middle with ganache and cream, then iced with ganache.

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