|Woah! Oozy cream and chocolate spread escaping!|
This cake is from: 200 cakes and bakes ~ Hamlyn all colour cookbook
Chocolate & Date Sandwich Cake
|This is what the hubbs left but subsequently ate for lunch!|
150 ml (1/4 pint) boiling water plus 6 tablespoons
50 g (2 oz) cocoa powder
150 ml (1/4 pint) sunflower oil
175 g (6 oz) caster sugar
175 g (6 oz) self-raising flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
150 ml (1/4 pint) double cream
150 g (5 oz) fromage frais
3 tablespoons chocolate spread
5 bought chocolate truffles, halved
Simmer dates in a saucepan with the 150 ml (1/4 pint) boiling water, covered, for 5 minutes until softened. Gradually mix the cocoa powder with the remaining 6 tablespoons boiling water until smooth. Leave the dates and dissolved cocoa powder to cool.
Add the oil, eggs and sugar to the dissolved cocoa powder then whisk together until smooth. Add the flour and baking powder then whisk again. Stir in the cooled dates and any cooking liquid and mix well.
Divide the mixture evenly between 2 x 20 cm (8 inch) sandwich tins, greased and base-lined with oiled greaseproof paper and spread the surfaces level. Bake in a preheated oven, 180 C (350 F), Gas Mark 4, for 20 minutes until well risen and the cakes spring back when gently pressed with a fingertip.
Leave to cool in the tins for 5 minutes the loosen the edges, turn out on to a wire rack and peel off the lining paper. Leave to cool completely.
Whip the cream until softly peaking then fold in the fromage frais. Put one cake on to a serving plate, spoon over chocolate spread then half the cream. Top with the second cake and spread with the remaining cream. Decorate with the halved chocolate truffles.
I used 7 inch shallow sandwich tins so managed to bake three cakes. Two of which were used to make the cake and the other just cut in half and sandwiched with chocolate spread and cream to make a half moon shaped cake. This was for my hubbs. He likes cake and especially chocolate ones! I had some home-made choc & mint truffles in the freezer that I got for my birthday so these were defrosted and used for the cake.
|Sorry about the disposable plate - it was for transportation to friend's house!|