Oh I forgot to mention, this chocolate cake is not overly sweet and it's ridiculously easy to bake.
What are you waiting for?
Wash your hands and pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 3. 140C / 275F or if fan assisted 160C / 325F
Step 1: Ingredients. (metric)
250g / 9 oz. Self raising flour.
250g / 9 oz. Unrefined soft brown sugar.
50g / 2 oz. Best quality cocoa powder ( not drinking chocolate, gnargh! ) .
250g / 9 oz. Plain / Dark chocolate - again the best you can afford / liberate etc.
250g / 9 oz. Butter, unsalted is ok if you must, but a low salted (1.8%) is preferable.
4 Large eggs.
For the Ganache / icing.
400g / 14 oz. Plain / dark chocolate.
284ml - 300ml / approx 9 fl. oz. Single (thin) cream, the real stuff, accept no substitute.
25g / 1 oz.Butter ( as above ).
Cocoa powder for dusting.
2 1/2 - 3 heaped dessert spoons of icing sugar.
A sheet of baking parchment / grease-proof paper 38x38 cm / 15x15 inches approx.
Abov is the International Standards Symbol ISO 3864 denoting chocolate cake making in progress.
You can check out the real ISO 3864 it might even save your life one day.
Step 2: Line a 20cm / 8inch square cake tin
Use the base of the cake tin for your outlines, not the top, or you will have difficulty getting it in the tin (we've all been there).
Step 3: Cutting the baking sheet
Step 5: The Cake Mixture
Pour the cake mixture into your lined cake tin and bake for one hour on the middle shelf of the oven. When the hour is up, insert a skewer into the centre of the cake, if it comes out clean it's done. If cake mix sticks to the skewer it needs a little longer, give it another 5 minutes and check again.
Step 6: Cake done
Step 7: Ganache Ganache
Ganache also means idiot or fool. Moving on then.
Melt the chocolate and butter on a very low heat, add the cream untill it's all smooth and then leave to cool slightly, next add enough icing sugar to stiffen the ganache, it will also turn more opaque.
Step 8: Layer cake
Using a spatula / pallet knife spread each layer with the ganache, smooth it down as you go.
If you find small people hovering around you at this stage, they can be easily side-tracked by giving them the near-empty ganache bowl and a couple of spoons.
Step 9: What's that loitering in the fridge?
I'm presuming that the judges at 'ibles have to actually make all these cakes in the interests of unbiased scoring? (wow, what a task).
But if not then here's some gratuitous cake shots.