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Chocolate Nut Sponge Cake recipe

This chocolate sponge cake is incredibly rich and decadent. It combines a tasty, sweet chocolate cake with a smooth and creamy peanut butter filling. The textures of the cakes are incredibly soft, because of the addition of white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda sounds strange, but it tastes absolutely fantastic!

Ingredients:

  • 320g caster sugar
  • 250g plain flour
  • 90g cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 250ml vegetable oil
  • 200ml milk
  • 200ml soured cream
  • 150g chopped milk chocolate
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 2 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 550g icing sugar
  • 250g cream cheese
  • 200g smooth peanut butter
  • 150g butter

Method of Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C and grease and line two 23 cm round cake tins.

  2. Sieve together the flour, cocoa powder, salt and bicarbonate of soda together, then stir in the sugar.

  3. Add the oil and the soured cream and mix well. In another bowl, mix together the milk, vinegar and vanilla, then add this to the cake mixture. Beat in the eggs one at a time.

  4. Once you have a smooth cake batter, stir in the chocolate chunks and then divide it evenly between the two cake tins and put them into the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

  5. Let the cakes cool completely before turning them out of their tins onto a cooling rack. Be careful here as the cakes are very soft and pliable.

  6. Make the peanut filling by beating together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar and beat until smooth once more, then beat in the peanut butter until you have a smooth and creamy buttercream.

  7. Spread the buttercream over each cake and then sandwich them together before spreading the icing all over the top and sides of the cake. Chill in the fridge to harden the frosting slightly before serving.

If you want to make this cake even more decadent, sprinkle it with roasted peanuts and some chocolate shavings. It serves around 16 people.

Author: Laura Young.

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Conversions
320gabout 11 oz (11.28736 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
250gabout 9 oz (8.81825 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
90gabout 3 oz (3.17457 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
250mlabout 1 cup (1.0567 cups based on 236.59 mililitres in a US cup)
200mlabout ¾ cup (0.8453 cups based on 236.59 mililitres in a US cup)
150gabout 5 oz (5.29095 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
550gabout 19 oz (19.40015 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
200gabout 7 oz (7.0546 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
160C325F / Gas Mark 3

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Published: June 22, 2011
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