Recipe

Chocolate mud cake with white chocolate ganache

Rich and glorious.

  • 30 mins preparation
  • 2 hrs cooking
  • Serves 16
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We've never met a chocolate mud cake we didn't like. This version, however, is right up there with the very best examples of this rich and most glorious treat.

Ingredients

Chocolate mud cake
  • 250 gram butter, coarsely chopped
  • 200 gram dark chocolate, coarsely chopped, plus 200 g extra, melted
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 1 1/4 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 300 gram white chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup thickened cream

Method

Chocolate mud cake
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 150°C/130°C fan forced. Grease and line base and side of a 22cm (base diameter) round cake pan with baking paper.
  • 2
    Combine butter, dark chocolate, 1 cup hot water and coffee in a large saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring for 5 minutes or until melted. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool.
  • 3
    Transfer to a bowl. Add sugar and eggs; whisk to combine.
  • 4
    Sift combined flours and cocoa powder over chocolate mixture; whisk to combine. Pour into prepared pan; level surface. Bake for 2 hours or until a skewer inserted at centre comes out clean.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, combine white chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (don't let base of bowl touch the water). Stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Remove bowl from pan. Cool for 5 minutes. Place in fridge, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or until mixture thickens.
  • 6
    Remove from oven. Cool completely in pan. Transfer to a serving plate.
  • 7
    Spread extra melted chocolate over a large piece of baking paper on a clean flat work surface. Stand for 5 minutes or until just beginning to set. Using a large sharp knife, pull blade across surface of chocolate to form a chocolate curl. Repeat to make more curls.
  • 8
    Spread ganache over top and sides of cooled cake. Decorate cake with chocolate curls. Serve.

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