Devils food cake

This cake recipe has got it all, chocolate, cream, rich and delicious, the name says it all. It takes a while but you will you ever enjoy every slice of it when its done. I have made it with a butter cream icing as well which makes a nice change from the chocolate icing.

What you need
280g soft brown sugar
40g cocoa powder
250ml milk
90g chopped dark chocolte
125g softened, unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 eggs, separated
185g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Filing
1 cup cream
1 tablespoon icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Chocolate Icing
50g dark chocolate, chopped
30g unsalted butter
1 tablespoon icing sugar

The Process
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees celsius. Lightly grease two deep 20cm round cake tins and line the bases with baking paper.

Combine third of the brown sugar with the cocoa and milkin a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until the sugar and cocoa have been dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate until it is melted. Cool.

Cream remaining brown sugar with the butter with electric beaters until light and fluffly. Beat in the vanilla, egg yolks and cooled chocolate mixture. Stir in the sifted flour and bicarbonate of soda.

Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold into the chocolate mixture.

Divide the mixture evenly into the two cake tins and bake for 35 minutes. Leave in tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto wire rack to cool.

For the icing, put the butter and chocolate into a heatproofbowl. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure it does not touch the water, and stir until the mixture is melted and smooth. Gradually add the icing sugar and stir until smooth.

For the filling, whip the cream, icing sugar and vanilla in a small bowl with electric beaters until stiff peaks form. Spread over one of the cold cakes, top with the second cake and spread with icing, over the top. You may not be able to contain yourself but you should use a peeler and shave some milk choclate over the top.