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Chocolate Truffle Cake

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Chocolate Truffle Cake

This is one of those recipes that came about by pure accident. I was meant to make truffles yesterday and everything was going great until I added too much orange juice to the truffle mixture. This morning when I wanted to make the truffles, the mixture was just ever-so-slightly too soft to roll into balls. So my mind started working over time as I just could not waste this deliciously silky chocolatey ‘mess’. And then it came to me, use it as the filling for a cake. The oven was switched on and the scale was taken out and off I went into baking mode.

I used the German Chocolate Cake recipe from ‘Cakes’ by Callie Maritz and Mari-louise Guy. It is the most fabulous book filled with the best recipes and the most beautiful photo’s. Really something every foodie should have. But you could use ANY chocolate cake recipe for this. You could even use box cake if you really wanted to. The secret is the chocolate truffle filling.

I made a very easy Chocolate buttercream to frost the cake with, but made it in the same bowl that the truffle mixture was in, so some of the leftover truffle mixture got combined into the frosting. Very delicious! This is definitely not a cake to eat when you’re on diet (actually, which cake is?) but a small slice goes a long way so indulge away!

Truffle mixture:

400g chocolate, broken into pieces
250ml cream
60ml butter, cubed
60ml Orange Juice

  • Melt the chocolate and cream in a double boiler and mix until smooth. Allow to cool down slightly before beating in the butter. Make sure the mixture is completely smooth.
  • Add the orange juice and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until it’s a nice spreadable consistency. (kind of like Nutella)

Chocolate Buttercream

100g soft butter
400g sifted icing sugar
50g cocoa powder, sifted
50ml Orange juice

  • Cream the butter until it’s light and fluffy and add the sifted cocoa powder and icing sugar. Beat well and add the orange juice slowly. Mix into a thick and spreadable consistency. You might need a bit more orange juice.

To assemble the cake:

Place 1 of the cakes on a cake stand/plate and spread over the truffle mixture. Place the second layer of cake ontop and gently press down. Cover the cake with the buttercream and spread all over.

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  • Christa-Marié

    Hallo Alida
    Ek is baie lief vir bak en het jou Sjokoladekoek gebak in die nuuste Sariekos. Die koek is fantasties, maar elke keer wat ek die koek gebak het, het die koek ingeval. Ek wil dit graag weer bak, maar is bang dat dit weer gaan gebeur. Ek weet nie of die fout miskien by my oond kon lê nie, aangesien dit ‘n nuwe oond is en dis die eerste keer wat ek die oond gebruik het vir bak. Baie dankie

    • Ally_R

      Hi Christa. Weet jy, my resep is verkeerd in Sarie geprint. dit moet net 7.5ml bakpoeier en 7.5ml koeksoda wees. Nie 15ml van elk nie. Ek’s seker met die nuwe maattes gaan jou koek perfek uitkom!!

  • Ilona Troxler

    I tried this cake recipe some days ago but somehow couldn’t achieve the same result as you, my cake clearly wasn’t looking that good (but tasted fine). What kind of chocolate are you using? Maybe it’s coming from the flour I used, i’m gluten intelorant so I used chickpea flour instead of normal wheat flour.

    • Ally_R

      Ilona : I didn’t post a cake recipe because any cake recipe will do for this, it’s all about the Chocolate Truffle mixture. With gluten-free baking, you can’t subsitute any gluten free flour cup for cup as it doesn’t have the same characteristics. I would suggest you look for Gluten Free Cake flour in your supermarket/ health shop as this is better to use. Otherwise, you should try googling some gluten free cake recipes as I know most of them consist of 3/4 different flours and Xantham gum to ensure that the cake rises.

  • Annie

    this looks delicious….but i’m not big on the orange & choc combination. Any ideas for a substitute? I love your blog by the way!! keep it up 🙂

    • Ally_R

      Thanx Annie!
      You don’t have to substitute the orange, you could just leave it out. But some strong coffee or liqueur of your choice would also be super delish!

  • Marisa

    Clever save! This looks decadently chocolaty.

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