How to decorate a simple chocolate cake with a video tutorial…Could anything be more complete?
I baked a chocolate cake and wanted to decorate it with chocolate ganache….the filling was dulce de leche (also known as caramel) and i will teach you how to make it all from scratch…the cake, the dulce de leche and the lovely chocolatey ganache
INGREDIENTS FOR THE CAKE (please use the same cup for measurement)
3/4 cup of milk
2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
2 heaped tablespoons of drinking chocolate powder
3 fresh eggs
3 cups of sifted white flour (maida)
1 teaspoon of vinegar
1 envelope (2.5 teaspoons) of baking powder
a good pinch of salt
3/4 cup of oil
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
Add the eggs to the milk and beat well till frothy. Add the sifted flour, the cocoa powder and the baking powder and mix well. Add the salt and the vinegar and the oil. If the mixture is too thick you can add some more milk but i think this should suffice. pour the batter into a pregreased baking tin (i used a 28 cm round tin) or a silicon one and bake for about 35 mintues till its done. To know if its done just insert a toothpick if it comes out clean means its done.
Cool the cake thoroughly and then unmould from the pan and cool it for a day or overnight,
The next day cut it into half using a serated knife.
FOR THE GANACHE:
200 grams of milk or dark chocolate or half and half
200 ml of cream
2 tablespoons of butter
In a double boiler melt the chocolate and then add the cream and then add the butter and mix well. Leave to cool till cooled and thick. If in a rush you can put it in the fridge to cool.
FOR THE DULCE DE LECHE FILLING
1 can condensed milk
Put the can of condensed milk without opening in a pressure cooker or a normal pan and cover it with ample water. If pressure cooking, cook it for half an hour. If in a normal pan cook it for 90 minutes. Let the can cool thoroughly and then open it. You wil get a lovely thick gooey dulce de leche (caramel) which you can use to sandwich your cakes.
Here is the video tutorial……hope you enjoy it!!!!!!