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Decadent Chocolate Cake

This recipe is not for the faint of heart! Sweet, decadent and sensational I might add. You will never need another chocolate cake recipe. The soft yet moist texture of this cake will have you come back with more. Fill the layers with Confate Banana Jam for an exciting twist. Perfect for a birthday or special occasion where you can show off this cake in all it's glory.
Course Dessert


  • cups Flour
  • cups Sugar
  • ¾ cup Sunflower Oil
  • ¾ cup Boiling Water
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 tbsp Cacao Powder
  • 6 extra large Eggs
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence

Chocolate Ganache

  • 175 g Chocolate Chips
  • 125 ml Cream


  • Preheat an oven to 180°C
  • Lightly butter 3 X 9 inch cake pans and line with baking paper on the bottom and the sides.
  • Separate the eggs in two large mixing bowls. Egg yellow in one bowl and egg whites in another bowl.
  • To the bowl of egg yellows add the oil and the vanilla essence and whisk together. Now add the boiling water and whisk together until frothy.
  • Use a sieve and sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and cacao powder into the egg yellow mixture. Mix well until everything is incorporated.
  • Add salt to egg white mixture and whisk to stiff peaks.
  • Fold the whisked egg whites into the cake batter ensuring that it is well combined. You don't have to be gentle but do not beat the batter, only fold.
  • Divide the cake batter evenly between the 3 cake pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. The cakes are ready when you put a skewer inside the cake and it comes out clean. Never open the oven until at least ¾ of the time has lapsed.
  • Remove the cakes from the pans and let it cool on wire racks. Prepare the chocolate ganache while the cakes are cooling down.

To prepare the chocolate ganache

  • Add the chocolate chips to a medium bowl.
  • Heat the cream on the stove top or microwave until boiling point then remove from the heat.
  • Pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips and mix together until all the chocolate is melted and you have a glossy mixture.
  • Cover the bowl with cling wrap and let it cool down in the fridge. When cooled down the ganache will set into a smooth spreading consistency.
  • Stack the cooled down cake layers and spread a liberal layer of Confate Banana Jam between layers. Do not add the jam on the top layer.
  • Spread the chocolate ganache on the top and sides of the cake until completely covered. Serve with a warm cup of coffee or tea.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword chocolate-cake