Our good friends David and Emma had a gorgeous baby girl a few days ago named Isla. They are chocoholics so I thought Lorraine Pascale’s “I just don’t give a damn” chocolate cake would make a perfect treat to give to them – although they will need a bit more than sugar to keep them going!
vegetable oil for oiling
140g creme fraiche
130g very soft butter
230g soft light brown sugar
2 drops of vanilla extract
180g plain flour
pinch of salt
40g cocoa powder
10g baking powder
Chocolate frosting ingredients
80g good dark chocolate
130g softened butter
2 drops vanilla extract
250g icing sugar
two x 20cm (8 inch) loose bottomed sandwich tins
Preheat over to 180 c gas mark 4.
Oil the tins and line the bottom with grease proof paper.
Put all the cake ingredients into a bowl and beat well for 2 to 3 minutes until everything is combined. Split the mixture into the cake tins and level the tops. Bake for about 25 – 30 minutes or until the cake is well risen and coming away from the sides. Remove from the oven and cool in the tins for about 5 minutes, remove from the tins and cool on racks.
To make the frosting, melt the chocolate. Put the butter, vanilla and icing sugar into a bowl and whisk until light and fluffy – be prepared for a cloud of icing sugar when you start. Add the slightly cooled chocolate and beat until combined.
When the cakes are cool, sandwich them together with some of the frosting and then slather the rest of the frosting onto the top.
From Lorraine Pascale Baking Made Easy