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Matilda-Inspired Chocolate Fondant Cake: A Nostalgic Journey to Chocolate Heaven

Matilda-Inspired Chocolate Fondant Cake: A Nostalgic Journey to Chocolate Heaven

Channel your inner Bruce Bogtrotter with this Matilda-inspired chocolate fondant cake, reminiscent of the iconic scene from the beloved film. This cake is any chocolate lover's dream come true, with its rich, moist layers of deep cocoa infused with a hint of coffee and cinnamon. Covered in a velvety chocolate ganache and soaked in simple syrup for added moisture, this cake promises a decadent treat that invites you to indulge guilt-free.

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Why you'll love it: This cake is not just a dessert; it's an experience. Each layer is filled with intense chocolate flavor, enhanced by the subtle bitterness of coffee and the warming spice of cinnamon. The ganache is creamy and rich, adding a luxurious texture that complements the moist cake. It's a perfect blend of nostalgia and indulgence that will take you back to the moments of pure happiness of your childhood.

Perfect occasion: Ideal for a theme party, movie night featuring “Matilda” or any gathering of friends and family who appreciate a touch of whimsy with their dessert. It's also fantastic for celebrating milestones or just because you deserve a treat that's as special as it is delicious.

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Decorating Tips: For a stunning look, top the cake with chocolate shavings or sprinkle with cocoa powder before serving. You can also add edible gold glitter for a little sparkle, or arrange fresh berries on top for a burst of color and freshness that cuts through the richness.

Ingredients:

  • Cake:
    • 2 cups of sugar
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup cocoa powder
    • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
    • 1 cup of milk
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup oil
    • 1 cup of hot water mixed with Nescafé coffee
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ganache:
    • 1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Simple syrup:

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Butter and flour a baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Add the milk, eggs, oil, vanilla and coffee mixture. Stir until the dough is smooth.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Let the cake cool a little in the pan before removing it to cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. For the ganache, combine the chocolate chips, heavy cream and powdered sugar in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth.
  6. For the simple syrup, combine the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then let cool completely.
  7. Cut the cooled cake horizontally into two layers. Discard the rounded top layer if necessary for a flat surface.
  8. Place the bottom layer on a plate, drizzle with simple syrup, then spread half of the ganache on top.
  9. Place top layer, repeat with simple syrup and spread with remaining ganache.
  10. Let the ganache set slightly, then slice and serve the cake.

Enjoy this rich and moist chocolate fondant cake, a tribute to those magical moments from “Matilda” that captured the hearts of every foodie dreamer!

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