Indulgent Chocolate Cake

This triple layered cake has beautifully soft chocolate sponges sandwiched together and topped with a rich velvety ganache.

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  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan / gas mark 4). Grease 3 x 18cm sandwich tins and base line with baking parchment
  2. Sift together the flours, bicarbonate of soda and the cocoa powder into a large bowl. Stir in the Billington’s dark muscovado sugar, breaking down any sugar clumps until evenly combined
  3. In a small pan set over a very low heat, gently combine together the chocolate and butter with 145ml of water. Stir continuously and heat just until the mixture is smooth and glossy. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly
  4. Add the melted chocolate mixture, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla to the dry ingredients and mix well to a combined and smooth batter. Divide the batter evenly between the 3 prepared tins and place into the oven
  5. Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tins before turning out onto a wire rack
  6. To prepare the ganache; gently heat the double cream and Billington’s dark muscovado sugar in a pan, until the cream looks like it is starting to come to the boil. Remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate. Mix well together until the chocolate has all melted and stir in the golden syrup. Leave to cool at room temperature so it thickens slightly
  7. Once the cakes have cooled sandwich together with a thin layer of ganache and smooth the rest over the top and sides of the cake until completely covered
  8. For the decoration, lightly dust the chocolate eggs with gold lustre using a small decorating brush then position on your cake for decoration