Homemade Chocolate Cake With Ganache

Written by Roar Elias

A traditional homemade chocolate cake is something that is not going to go out of fashion too quickly. There are a lot of recipes that you may have come into contact with over the last couple of years. Some of these were invented a hundred years ago and are still going strong and others just seem bland and boring at this point.

The sound of chocolate cake is one thing that really makes you lick your lips. Of course, a winning recipe does help because there is nothing worse than taking a bite of something that is actually dry and horrible inside. The nice thing about this cake is that you can do so much with it. It can be made in a multitude of ways, from something really simple without the bells and whistles to something that is stacked up high, coated with a thick layer of ganache and cherries. Of course, the icing is another story completely. This can make all of the difference.

I think we have come a long way, since 1674 when people starting eating chocolate in the form of cakes. Since then, a lot of creativity has been introduced and you are probably going to find a lot more designs and flavors come up as time goes by.

Here is one divine chocolate cake you can make:

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 625g (22 oz.) sugar
  • 320g (11 oz.) butter, melted
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Ganache

  • 200ml (7 oz.) cream
  • 200 (7 oz.) g dark chocolate, chopped

Syrup

  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup water

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F / 180 degrees C
  2. Grease two spring form tins.
  3. Sift the cocoa powder as well as the flour and the baking soda and the sugar and salt.
  4. Add the butter with the rest of the ingredients for the cake.
  5. Pour the mixture in the pans and bake for about 1 hour.
  6. Heat the water with the caster sugar so that the sugar dissolves and you are left with syrup.
  7. Remove the cake and start to spoon over the syrup onto the cake. Cool the cake int the tins.
  8. Now you can start with the ganache. Heat the cream and when it is simmering, take it off the heat and break in the chocolate. Mix this until it is nice and smooth.
  9. Once the cake is cool, you can take them out of their tins. You should sandwich them together with ganache and cover it on the top as well. If you find that the ganache has hardened a little then just put it back on the heat for a minute or two.

For this recipe, part of the reason why this homemade chocolate cake is such a winner is because it is so moist. This is helped with the syrup. Remember, rather have your cake too moist than too dry. This is a very easy cake to make, but it still leaves you coming back for more. If you are not confident with your cake baking, but you still want to come out there with a classic, then this is a good way to start off.

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