You may recall a while back I made the ‘Death by Chocolate Cake‘ from Mary Berry’s ‘Simple Cakes’ book (and then I made it a few more times…), and it felt aptly named. However, I would argue there is a contender for the the title as this simply named Chocolate Gateau (from the ‘Cook and Enjoy Chocolate’ book I purchased recently) attests.
Incorporating chocolate within the sponge, the filling and the icing, as well as the decoration, it is a diabetic nightmare.
I thought the process was fairly straightforward, although there is a degree of waiting between steps for icing to cool/set, and I added some icing sugar to the frosting mix as it was a bit too runny. This may be because I used chocolate without enough cocoa solids though. My favourite bit is the filling – white chocolate and double cream = yum!
Overall, it worked out fine and was tasty but I would suggest the sponge was a little too dense for my liking. When I think ‘gateau’ I think ‘light’ (even though I know it really just means ‘cake’!) so it wasn’t quite what I had expected.
This cake was decidedly more-ish and even the neighbour whom I hand-delivered a slice to said she ate it all in one go! (She’s a tiny, fragile, skinny lady so I thought she needed the calories!)
Top tip: Enjoy chilled the first few days but then heat for 30 seconds in the microwave as the week moves on – the melted filling is lovely!
Top Tip 2: Share with friends! It’s waaaaay too much to enjoy simply between two! 😉