Creamy Layered Chocolate Cake

    1 hour 40 minutes

    This recipe makes a moist and delicious cake filled with pudding, iced and covered with cake crumbs. Perfect for Valentine's Day.

    16 people made this

    Serves: 14 

    • Cake
    • 2 1/4 cups plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup (250ml) milk
    • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
    • 1/4 cup copha
    • 2 cups (500g) white sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
    • Filling
    • 2/3 cup white sugar
    • 2 tablespoons cornflour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) milk
    • 90g dark chocolate, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • Icing
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence
    • 3 eggs
    • 3 cups (500g) icing sugar
    • 90g dark chocolate, melted

    Preparation:1hour  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hour40min 

    1. Cake: Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour two 20cm cake tins.
    2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarb soda and salt. Set aside. In a separate small bowl, gradually stir together the milk into the cocoa then whisk until the mixture is smooth.
    3. In a large bowl cream together butter, copha and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk mixture; beat well. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared cake tins.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the layers shrink from the sides of the cake tins and the tops spring back when gently pressed with a fingertip. The cake is dense and moist, so be careful not to over-bake it. Cool the layers in the tins for 10 minutes, then carefully invert them onto the racks and cool completely.
    5. Filling: In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, cornflour and salt. In a saucepan over medium heat combine the milk with sugar mixture. Add the chopped chocolate and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil until the mixture is thick and bubbly, about 3 minutes.
    6. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface to keep the pudding from forming a skin. Refrigerate until cool.
    7. Icing: In a medium bowl, beat the butter, vanilla and eggs until light and fluffy. Add the icing sugar two tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the melted chocolate until well blended. Refrigerate for 15 minutes while you fill the cake.
    8. To Assemble: Using a long serrated knife, slice each cake layer in half horizontally, making 4 layers.
    9. Spread the filling between 3 of the layers of cake. Ice cake with the icing then crumble the remaining cake layer. Stick crumbs to the entire iced surface of the cake. Sprinkle any leftover crumbs over the top of the cake. Store in a cool place and serve within 24 hours.

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    I bake a lot and have never before given a recipe a bad review when everyone else gave great reviews. However, I can't believe I am reading the same recipe as the other reviewers. First, the cooking time was way too long. I took out the cake at exactly 30 minutes (at 350 degrees measured by my oven thermometer) and it was crunchy and burnt. Check it at about 22 minutes to avoid this problem. Second, slicing the layers in half was a nightmare(with the dental floss method) and created a huge mess. 3) There were WAY too many crumbs. Instead, I would reocommend making maybe two cupcakes--it would save the slicing hassle and reduce waste. 4) The reciepe is inconsistent in that in the ingredients list it lists 3 squares of chocolate for the filling, but in the instructions it asks for 4 squares (hopefully someone will fix this). 5) I went the conservative route and put three squares of chocolate in the filling and it was WAY TOO MUCH. The filling and the cake together were really bitter, as cakes go. I guess if you're a chocoholic who doesn't really like desserts, that might be appealing. I would either REDUCE the chocolate to maybe 1 or 2 squares or INCREASE the sugar to counteract the bitterness (But I'm not sure what effect that would have on the consistency of the filling). I used to have black-out cake from a local bakery and LOVED it. I have been searching for the recipe that would replicate that taste. This deifinitely isn't it.  -  15 Dec 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Cake was excellent! For some reason though the recipe provider aaded a few very un-necessary extra steps. It is totally unnecessary to use a separate bowl to mix just the milk and cocoa powder. Just mix in the cocoa w/ the flour mixture and the milk in with the sugar/shortening mixture. That eliminates one bowl to wash and one extra step which is needless. Also, when making the frosting it is unnecessary to use melted chocolate. Just use Cooa powder. It's easier and again one less step and one less item to clean. Unless you don;t have cocoa powder and already have baking chocolate. It tastes the same and it takes less time and space. Hey, the less steps and cleanign the better, right?  -  24 Sep 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was a HUGE hit at a birthday party recently. My husband's girlfriend wanted a rich, crumb covered, chocolate cake & this more than fit the bill. I would be happy to make this for any special occasion. The birthday girl and a lot of the guests at the party thought I had gone to a fancy bakery to have this made. Too bad, I just keep forgetting to tell them the name of the restaurant! :D  -  18 Oct 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)