Death by Chocolate
200 g of Chocolate (I use 50% Cocoa Solid , but any good quality chocolate will do.)
150 g Caster Sugar
150 g Light Muscavado Sugar
200 g of Butter cut into small chunks
85 g of Self Raising Flour
85 g of Plain Flour
3 eggs (medium sized)
125 ml of Orange Juice
5 tbsp Milk
¼ tsp Bicarb. Of Soda
For the Topping:
200 g of Chocolate (Same as above!)
284 ml Double Cream/ Whipping Cream
Pre-heat your oven to 140c if it's a fan assisted oven or 160c for a conventional oven or Gas Mark 3
Grease and line two (20cm round) cake tins. (Or you can use one tin and cut the cake in half later.)
Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt, with the chunks of butter and orange juice. (You could alternately use coffee dissolved into the same amount of cold water, depending on your personal preferences.) Use a low heat so as not to overheat the mixture.
Sieve and mix the two flours, sugars and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl: use your hands to make sure there are no lumps!
Add the eggs and milk and stir thoroughly.
Add the melted chocolate to the mixture and stir thoroughly.
Divide the mixture between the two tins and bake for about two hours. Check that the cakes are cooked by pushing a knife into the cakes: when they come out clean, the cakes are done.
When the cakes are cooked, leave both to cool. Once the cakes are cooled, slice off the top, where it has risen, in order that both cakes have even tops. This will help for the next step.
It’s now time to make the topping. Break up the chocolate into a pan and add all of the cream. Stir occasionally until the mixture has melted.
Place one of the cakes on a sandwich board: pour some of the topping mixture over the cake and smooth with the back of a spoon.
Place the second cake on top of the first, creating a layered effect. Pour the rest of the mixture over the top of the cake, covering the top and sides. Leave to cool.
If you do want to decorate the cake, you can use grated chocolate (white or dark) or sprinkle icing sugar over for a Christmassy effect!