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Matilda Cake: A decadent devil's food cake with rich notes of chocolate and coffee

Matilda Cake: A decadent devil's food cake with rich notes of chocolate and coffee

Matilda Cake, inspired by the classic devil's food cake, is a rich, moist and deeply chocolatey dessert. Made with layers of dark chocolate cake infused with fresh coffee, this cake is a feast for the eyes and palate. It's topped with a luxurious chocolate and cream frosting that perfectly complements the intense flavor of the cake.

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Why you'll love it: Chocolate lovers will delight in the dense, melting texture and complex flavors of this cake. The addition of coffee enhances the chocolate, making the cake not only sweet but rich with a slightly sophisticated touch. It's perfect for those who appreciate a cake that's as indulgent in flavor as it is in appearance.

Perfect occasion: This cake is ideal for celebrations where you want to impress, such as birthdays, anniversaries or any special gathering that requires something truly spectacular. It's also perfect for a cozy get-together on a rainy day, providing a comforting chocolatey treat that's best enjoyed with a cup of coffee or milk.

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Decorating Tips: For an elegant finish, smooth the chocolate frosting onto the cake and create swirls or waves using a spatula. You can garnish with chocolate shavings, a dusting of cocoa powder, or even gold leaf for a luxurious touch. The fresh berries on top not only add a pop of color, but also cut through the richness with their tartness.

Ingredients for the cake:

  • 180 grams of brown sugar
  • 130 ml sunflower oil (or your favorite type)
  • 150 grams of melted semi-sweet chocolate
  • 100 ml freshly brewed coffee
  • 2 large eggs
  • 100 ml heavy cream (preferably double cream or more than 35% fat)
  • 180 grams of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 35 grams of unsweetened cocoa powder

Ingredients for the glaze:

  • 400 grams of semi-sweet chocolate
  • 200 grams of butter
  • 250 grams of very cold heavy cream (must contain more than 35% fat)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the cake:
    • Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F). Butter and flour two 18 cm diameter cake molds or one 18 cm high mold.
    • In a bowl, mix the melted chocolate with the coffee. Add the sugar, eggs, oil and cream and stir until well combined.
    • In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powder. Gradually add to wet ingredients, mixing until incorporated.
    • Pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake for 20 minutes if making two cakes, or 35 minutes if using a tall pan, until a toothpick comes out clean. Avoid overcooking.
  2. Prepare the frosting:
    • Melt the chocolate and butter together in a bowl placed over a pan of simmering water (marie-marie). Remove from heat and let cool until it thickens to a spreadable consistency.
    • Whip the cold cream until it forms soft peaks, then stir it into the cooled chocolate mixture until smooth.
  3. Assemble the cake:
    • Once the cakes have cooled, spread a layer of frosting between them and cover the outside with the remaining frosting.

Advice:

  • Store the cake at room temperature to maintain freshness; refrigeration can dry it out.
  • Replace the coffee in the cake with milk if you prefer.
  • Baking soda enhances the dark color of the cake.
  • This cake does not rise much in the oven.
  • Substitute melted butter for the oil for a richer flavor if desired.

Enjoy this indulgent Matilda Cake, a luxurious treat that promises to be the star of any dessert table!

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