White and Dark Chocolate Easter Cake

Every Easter Sunday I like to have either a special Easter tea or a family roast lunch where we can forget eating healthy and have a little treat.  This year was no exception in our house.  I had my mum staying with us for the Easter weekend and we decided to stay in and have a roast dinner followed by an indulgent dessert.

I am not a roast lamb lover so we don’t stick with tradition for Easter in our house. When I was getting the shopping in my hubby asked if we could have gammon. The only gammon joints I could find in the supermarket were massive ones. We would be eating gammon with everything even for breakfast if I had picked one of those joints. Instead I settled for some pork and to follow I chose to make a chocolate cake.

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This is my version of BBC Good Food magazine’s White And Dark Chocolate Cake.

I have been a Good Food Subscriber for about seven years now and year after year I see brilliant ideas for special meals such as Easter and Christmas and think “I’ll make that!” and I never get round to it. I promised myself I would try this cake as it would go down well for any occasion, not just Easter.

White and Dark Chocolate Cake, drizzled with melted white chocolate and finished with Milky Bar Eggs on top.
White and Dark Chocolate Cake, drizzled with melted white chocolate and finished with Milky Bar Eggs on top.

This cake is made by splitting the mixture in two. One half of the mixture gets flavoured with vanilla extract and good quality white chocolate, the other half with dark chocolate and strong coffee.  Each half is baked in one sandwich tin and then sliced in half horizontally so you come up with four layers in the end. I couldn’t be bothered with that and only did it with the dark chocolate layer.  The original recipe uses White maltesers on top.  I chose to use white Milky Bar eggs as it was Easter and also you can’t always find white Maltesers when you want them.

Once the two cakes had cooled down. I made up some dark chocolate ganache. Double cream and dark chocolate were melted together and then mixed until it had thickened up. When it was thick enough I assembled the cake using ganache on some of the layers.  I then topped the cake with it and spread it around the sides of the cake. This went on in a bit of a slapdash fashion as I was working quickly but it didn’t have to be neat.  Finally on went some drizzled white chocolate and the mini Milky Bar eggs.

Showing a slice of cake cut up.  The layer of white chocolate is in the middle with the dark chocolate cake either side of it.
Showing a slice of cake cut up. The layer of white chocolate is in the middle with the dark chocolate cake either side of it.

If you would like to make this cake yourself then here is the link to the recipe. It is on the Good Food website and also features on the Good Food Cakes App for IPads and Iphones. http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/5819/white-and-dark-chocolate-cake

Showing the rest of the cake which was left after our lunch.  It was a very rich but not too sickly cake so one small slice was enough.
Showing the rest of the cake which was left after our lunch. It was a very rich but not too sickly cake so one small slice was enough.

As it was important to use good quality chocolate to get the right results, it was not a cheap cake to make.  Although I tend to buy chocolate on special offer to get good prices on the more expensive brands, it still worked out at about £8 for just the chocolate, the Milky Bar eggs were well over another pound too as well as needing double cream and all the other ingredients. It is definitely a special occasion cake so one I won’t be making lots of times but it was worth it.

Happy Baking!

Love Sam xx

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