So this weekend just passed I baked a big chocolate cake for my mum and gran to celebrate Mother's Day. I used a mixture of two recipes, the sponge part of the cake was a Nigella recipe from her wonderful book "Feast" and the dark chocolate ganache was a delicious but simple recipe by Martha Stewart.
I'm no experienced baker what-so-ever and I claim to be nothing but a novice in this area, but this was one seriously delicious cake and what started off as one quite large layered cake has all but vanished, with only a few pieces left! I think that it has actually improved in taste after sitting overnight, it seems inexplicably more moist, so if you were planning to try Nigella's Devil Food Cake Recipe, I would probably suggest to allow time to leave it to sit for a while.
I opted not to make the frosting that Nigella made purely because I was quite keen to try the other recipe, but I am sure that it would turn out beautifully too. It looks as though it would be lusciously sticky and rich, where as the ganache I chose from Martha Stewart's website sets a little firmer, it cuts like butter basically and melts in the mouth!
Images © Hollie Reid, 2011