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Chocolate Fudge Cake with Red Berry Ganache

by Sugar et al

I experience a unique thrill when I am posting a cake. More than satisfaction…more than excitement. Some kind of inexplicable joy. Right from the planning…the cake pans…dressing the cake, the props that will go alongside…the mood…the post processing to actually eating the cake. It’s almost like painting a picture. I finish with one and before that I am thinking about the next one.

When I made the Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Cake, I remember telling myself that there wasn’t going to be a red-brown combo my blog for a while. I was worried I was giving you an overdose of chocolate and raspberries in my posts. I even resisted the urge of pouring luscious chocolate ganache over the brownie cake. And maybe that’s why I had good reason to post a sauce dripping chocolate cake this time.

This a fudge cake therefore it is rich. The sweet berry ganache pairs well with the bittersweet fudgy cake. Pink is such a beautiful colour . And the sprinkles make it shine. Overall, this is quite simple to make with a great outcome. The texture is great for a bundt cake pan as it holds shape well.

Chocolate Fudge Cake with Red Berry Ganache
Serves 6-8

Chocolate Fudge Cake (adapted with variation from Taste.com)
250g butter, chopped
200g dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup castor sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted
2 cups, cold water
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted
1 cup self-raising flour, sifted
Fresh Strawberries and Raspberries, to decorate
Pink Sprinkles, to decorate

Red Berry Ganache
10-12 Strawberries and/or Raspberries (I used a mix), cleaned and hulled (fresh or frozen)
100 g white chocolate, roughly chopped
1/3 cup thickened or heavy cream
2-3 drops of pink food colouring (optional)

Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Lightly grease a 20 cm bundt cake pan.

Place butter, chocolate, sugar, cocoa and 2 cups cold water in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 8 to 10 minutes or until melted and smooth (do not boil). Remove from heat. Cool for 20 minutes.

Add eggs. Whisk to combine. Add plain flour and self-raising flour. Whisk until smooth. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 20 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the ganache: Puree and strain the berry mixture to discard seeds. Combine chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl and place over a saucepan of simmering water (don’t let the bottom of the bowl touch the water). When chocolate is about halfway melted, remove bowl from pan. Stand, stirring occasionally, until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth. Add the strained berry puree and stir till well blended. Add food colouring if using. Cool for 10 minutes and pour over the cake. Ganache will thicken and set on cooling. Top with fresh berries and decorate with sprinkles.

 

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13 Responses to “Chocolate Fudge Cake with Red Berry Ganache”

  1. the inexplicable joy you experience while sharing such amazing recipes always get reflected on your posts too….it is such a pleasure to read your blog and try out new dishes….berry ganache is a new and great idea….will be trying this out really soon….thanks so much for sharing :-)

  2. Oh this is so picture perfect, you have a wonderful way of styling photos. It should be in a magazine spread. Sounds delicious.

    Krissie x – http://pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com.au

  3. Whoo, that is one rich cake! Loving the berries on top and the berry ganache though. I’m a sucker for white chocolate :)

  4. Daniela says:

    OMG Sonali, chocolate and raspberries are my absolute weakness!
    The cake looks so rich and decadent, yummy.

  5. Monica says:

    I just had a chocolate-raspberry craving of my own recently that I had to address. This looks sensational…the berry ganache is such a great mix with the dark chocolate cake. It looks really pretty, and I can totally relate to your excitement about cake. There’s just something special about making one from scratch and seeing it come together, eating it, writing about it, etc.

  6. One can never have too much chocolate berry combo sweets! Love this cake…we were just talking about smaller bundt cake pans at work lol. And I really like this berry ganache.

  7. deepti says:

    Lovely dear! I don’t mind seeing these beautiful combination of chocolate and rasberries in your site again and again! They make a superb combination and love every bit of your photography. its very tantalizing..

  8. Girl: You want to drive me insane in a very good way. This is gorgeous — and I bet it tastes to die for.

  9. Juliana says:

    Wow Sonali, what a beautiful cake…I love the chocolate with the fresh fruit…absolutely gorgeous!
    Hope you are having a fabulous week :D

  10. laurasmess says:

    You make the most decadent, glorious cakes! I love this, the contrast between the dark chocolate and those plump berries is breathtaking. I love the fact that your ganache is full of real berry flavour, not essence. It looks divine xx

  11. Sonali, you are truly an artist in the kitchen. You should totally enter Masterchef!
    As soon as I recover from my wisdom tooth extraction I am going to bake myself one of your delicious cakes :D

  12. Kiks says:

    Have you ever made this cake in individual size bundts? Any adjustments necessary to the recipe?

    • Sugar et al says:

      Hi Kiks, thank you for stopping by. I haven’t tried this in individual bundt pans but the same recipe should work. However, the baking time would need to be adjusted. Depending on the size of the pan, it should go down by about 20-30 mins. It is best to test with a with a skewer after 15 mins of baking and proceed accordingly. Hope this helps.

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