We love the taste of liquorice, especially when you combine it with chocolate! With it being World Liquorice Day we thought we would share this easy Chocolate and Liquorice Cake recipe. Trust us, this cake is a showstopper and will have people talking at your next occasion!
Chocolate Liquorice Cake
225g plain flour
350g caster sugar
85g cocoa powder
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
250ml full cream milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
250ml boiling water
2 500g packets of liquorice pieces
200ml double cream
200g dark chocolate (anything above 60% cocoa)
Preheat oven to 180 C, prepare two medium round baking tins. Boil the water with chopped liquorice until all the liquorice is dissolved. Pour into a measuring jug and top up to 250ml again as some water will have evaporated. In a large bowl, beat all the ingredients except the flavoured hot water until well mixed. Gradually add the boiling water until mixed in smoothly. The batter will be very watery. Divide the batter between the two tins and bake for about 30-35 minutes. The cakes will be done when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.Allow to cool before icing.
Heat the cream until it just comes to a simmer and is heated through – don’t allow it to boil. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and allow it to sit for at least a minute. With a whisk, gently start moving the mixture in small circles until you see a deep chocolate stain form, after which mix until it is a uniform deep chocolate colour. Don’t mix more than you need to. Leave the ganache covered to cool down and becomes spreadable. Remove the cake from the tins and place on top of each other. Ice the two halves of the cake and decorate with shaved chocolate pieces.
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