Egg-free Chocolate Cake with Strawberries & Cream

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Egg-free Chocolate Cake with Strawberries & Cream
Egg-free Chocolate Cake with Strawberries & Cream
Course Desserts
Cuisine Baking
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Cake:
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • cup ½cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 0.5 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
Cream:
  • 300 ml heavy cream at least 35%
  • 200 g strawberries
  • 0.25 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 0.5 vanilla bean
Chocolate ganache:
  • 200 g dark chocolate a mixture of 75% and 50%
  • 100 ml cream
Decoration:
  • 100 g strawberries
  • 50 ml cream
Course Desserts
Cuisine Baking
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Cake:
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • cup ½cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 0.5 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
Cream:
  • 300 ml heavy cream at least 35%
  • 200 g strawberries
  • 0.25 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 0.5 vanilla bean
Chocolate ganache:
  • 200 g dark chocolate a mixture of 75% and 50%
  • 100 ml cream
Decoration:
  • 100 g strawberries
  • 50 ml cream
Egg-free Chocolate Cake with Strawberries & Cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Line the bottom of a 20cm spring form tin with baking paper, grease the sides with butter.
Cakes:
  1. Mix the dry ingredients: sift flour, cocoa, baking powder, sugar and salt into a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients: boiling water, vegetable oil, vinegar, vanilla extract.
  3. Pour the second mixture into the first and stir. Don't overmix, only for as long as it takes for the dry ingredients to become wet. Batter will be lumpy.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared spring form pan. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick without sticking of the dough.
  5. Remove the finished cake from the oven. Leave on counter for 15 minutes. Then remove the sides of the tin and flip the cake onto a cooling rack. Place a heavy plate on the top of the cake and allow it to cool.
  6. Cut horizontally into 3 equally sized cake 'slices'.
Note
  1. The quality of the resulting cakes are quite unlike traditional homogeneous and springy sponge cake. They are more dense and yet soft and moist.The resulting, separate cake 'slices' should be separated from each other by pieces of baking paper and leave to cool. Carefully - sponge cake is very delicate and breaks easily!!!
  2. While cakes cool, make cream.
Cream:
  1. Chop the strawberries into small pieces.
  2. Slice the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape the seeds with a knife.
  3. Place the strawberries, sugar, vanilla seeds and balsamic vinegar in a saucepan, bring to a boil and cook over low heat until until the mixture thickens. Cool. Strawberries in balsamic vinegar can be prepared in advance.
  4. Whisk the cream (I used a mixer and it took me to whisk about 8 minutes at high speed). Gently stir in cooled strawberries in balsamic vinegar.
Assembly:
  1. To assemble the cake, cover the two bottom cake layer with cream. Send cake in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the ganache.
  3. Once cakes with cream have set, stack them on top of each other and cover with ganache.
Ganache:
  1. Place the chocolate and cream in a bowl and melt in the microwave. If both of these ingredients at room temperature, this should take about 30-40 seconds on full power. You can melt the chocolate in a boiler if you prefer. Mix the melted chocolate with the cream to produce a smooth mixture.
  2. Save a little ganache for decoration. With the rest, cool slightly and spread evenly over top and sides of cake.
  3. Add the ganache set aside to the additional 50ml of cream and decorate the cake with the help of a piping bag.
  4. Finish with strawberries on top.
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A Classic Chocolate Cake

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A Classic Chocolate Cake
A gastronomic masterpiece that tastes like a chocolate brownie with a thick layer of fudge and covered in rich fruit. Originally named the "Little black dress", this less sexist version is equally as delicious.
A Classic Chocolate Cake
Course Desserts
Cuisine Baking
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Cake:
  • 85 g butter
  • 85 g dark chocolate 70% and above
  • 140 g flour
  • 30 g cocoa powder
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 150 ml natural yoghurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Cream icing:
  • 35 g butter
  • 200 g dark chocolate 70% and above
  • 80 ml milk warmed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp dark rum or brandy optional
  • 100 ml double cream optional
  • Fresh fruit and berries for decoration optional
Course Desserts
Cuisine Baking
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Cake:
  • 85 g butter
  • 85 g dark chocolate 70% and above
  • 140 g flour
  • 30 g cocoa powder
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 150 ml natural yoghurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Cream icing:
  • 35 g butter
  • 200 g dark chocolate 70% and above
  • 80 ml milk warmed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp dark rum or brandy optional
  • 100 ml double cream optional
  • Fresh fruit and berries for decoration optional
A Classic Chocolate Cake
Instructions
  1. Grease a spring form cake tin with a diameter of 20 cm.
  2. Preheat oven to 165°C.
Cake:
  1. Melt the butter with the chocolate and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, soda and baking powder into a large bowl and mix with a whisk.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the eggs, milk, yogurt and vanilla extract.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly until a smooth batter the consistency of thick cream forms.
  5. Pour into prepared pan, and bake until a skewer comes out clean (30-40 minutes).
Cream Icing:
  1. Melt butter and chocolate together in a double boiler.
  2. Gradually pour in warm milk stirring regularly to keep chocolate from seizing.
  3. Add pinch of salt and brandy if using.
Assembly:
  1. Allow cake to cool. Then pour slightly cooled icing over and allow to cool and set. Decorate with fruit and serve.
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