CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE CHIP MASCARPONE FILLING AND CHOCOLATE FUDGE FROSTING

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CHOCOLATE CAKE

  • 200 g (~1 3/4 sticks) salted butter
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) milk
  • 240 g (1 2/3 cups) all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 68 g (2/3 cup) cocoa powder
  • 315 g (1 1/2 cups) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. flaky salt
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 150 ml (2/3 cup) sour cream
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) hot coffee

CHOCOLATE CHIP MASCARPONE FILLING

  • 250 g mascarpone
  • 2 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 150 ml (2/3 cup) heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
  • 80 g (2.8 oz) dark chocolate (85%), finely chopped

CHOCOLATE FUDGE FROSTING

  • 100 g (3.5 oz) dark chocolate (85%), chopped
  • 175 g (~1 1/2 sticks) saltedbutter, softened
  • 150 g (1 cup) powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp. (1/4 cup) cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tbsp milk or heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp. (1/4 cup) sour cream (can be omitted, but tastes really nice with the chocolate)
  • flaky salt, to sprinkle

INSTRUCTIONS

CHOCOLATE CAKE

  1. Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F). Butter two 20 cm (8-inch) cake pans and dust them with flour or cocoa powder.
  2. Melt the butter, add milk and set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Add the butter mixture, eggs and sour cream to the dry ingredients and beat until just smooth.
  4. Add the hot coffee and stir until smooth (batter will be quite liquid at this point).
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the two cake pans. Bake the cakes on the lowest rack for 22-26 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in their pans for 10 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  6. When cakes are completely cool, split them in half using a serrated knife.

CHOCOLATE CHIP MASCARPONE FILLING

  1. In a medium bowl, beat mascarpone and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the cream and salt and beat until mixture thickens. Stir in the chopped chocolate.

CHOCOLATE FUDGE FROSTING & ASSEMBLY

  1. Melt the chocolate and set aside to cool.
  2. Beat butter, powdered sugar and cocoa powder until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the cooled, melted chocolate and beat until smooth. Add milk or heavy cream and sour cream and beat until incorporated. If frosting feels loose, put the bowl in the fridge for a few minutes.
  3. Place the first cake layer on a plate or cake stand. Spread with a layer of mascarpone filling. Repeat with remaining layers.
  4. Spread the chocolate frosting on the top and sides of the cake using an offset spatula. If you have chocolate frosting left over, feel free to pipe it on top of the cake. Sprinkle with flaky salt.

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