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Chocolate Chilli Cake

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Bitter Chocolate Chilli Cake

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For the cake

200g self-raising flour

50g good quality cocoa powder

100g golden caster sugar

75g light brown soft sugar

125ml natural rapeseed oil

40ml rapeseed oil with chilli (you can add more if you would like it HOT!)

100ml milk

3 medium free range eggs


For the Chocolate Ganache

250g good quality dark chocolate (we used 85% cocoa solids)

175ml double cream

1-2 tbsp rapeseed oil with chilli, to taste

30g unsalted butter cubed

1 red chilli de-seeded and sliced - to decorate



Pre heat your oven to 180C (170 fan)

Add all the cake ingredients into your mixing bowl and mix through until they form a smooth batter. Gently spoon into a lined 22cm round cake tin.

Place into the middle of the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes. To test that the cake is cooked, gently insert a skewer into the middle, and if cooked it will come out clean. Leave to rest for a few minutes then remove from the tin and allow to cool on a wire rack.

To make the Ganache break the chocolate into a heat proof bowl. Add the cream to a saucepan and heat until it just starts to simmer. Remove from the hob and pour over your chocolate and stir through until the chocolate is melted. Add the butter and chilli oil and keep stirring until a smooth ganache is formed. Once thick and smooth you can spread onto your cake.

I like to take the top off my cake so it leaves you with a flat surface to decorate but here are no rules, so have a play and have fun! If you fancy, slice the cake through the middle and add the chocolate to the middle as you would a Victoria sponge. I like to decorate with fresh red chopped chilli but some crushed nuts or chocolate shards also make great toppings!

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