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Wedding cake: Chocolate mud cake with milk frosting and ganache

Wedding cake: Chocolate mud cake with milk frosting and ganache
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Three bowls are all it takes to whip up this rich fudgy cake –then simply layer with frosting and decorate with store-bought sugar flowers.

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 200g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup cream
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup milk chocolate melts
  • 1 cup cream
  • 375g dark chocolate melts
  • ¼ cup cream
  • White sugar daisys

1 Preheat the oven to 170oC. Grease and line the base of a 21cm spring-form cake tin.

2 Place the chocolate in a glass or stainless-steel bowl and pour over the hot coffee and oil. Leave to rest for 5 minutes, then stir until smooth and melted.

3 In a large bowl, sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and cocoa. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, cream and sour cream until smooth. Mix all three mixtures together until well combined.

4 Pour into prepared tin and bake for 50-60 minutes. Test with a skewer.

5 Cool completely, then slice horizontally into three layers. Meanwhile, make the frosting and ganache. For milk frosting, heat the ½ cup cream and add milk chocolate, stirring until melted. Let cool until spreadable, then sandwich between the cake layers. For dark chocolate ganache, heat the cup of cream and pour over the dark chocolate melts.

6 Leave for 5 minutes, then stir until melted and smooth. Leave to cool and thicken.

7 Ice the cake with a very thin layer of ganache. Decorate with remaining ganache to create patterns. Finish with a few white icing daisys.

About Jo Wilcox

New Zealand Woman's Weekly food editor Jo Wilcox serves up tasty and easy to make dishes that your friends and family will love.

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