Sunday, April 10, 2011

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

As Cookie Monster would say, "Chocolate Buttermilk Cake is a sometimes food".

This cake was, amazing. Also, amazing-ly rich. Make it for a special occasion.

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake
(as seen in The Australian Women's Weekly 'Cake Favourites')

180g butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (330g) caster
4 eggs, seperated
3/4 cup (110g) self raising flour
1/3 cup (35g) cocoa powder
3/4 cup (180ml) buttermilk

Chocolate Filling
400g dark eating chocolate, melted
250g butter, melted
1/2 cup (80g) icing sugar

Preheat oven to 180c/160c fan forced.
Grease deep 20cm round cake pan. Line with baking paper.
Beat butter, extract and sugar in a small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg yolks, one at a time, until just combined.
Transfer to a larger bowl, stir in sifted dry ingredients and buttermilk.
Beat egg whites in a clean small bowl until soft peaks form.
Fold egg whites into cake mixture in two batches, pour mixture into prepared pan.
Bake cake about 1 hour. Cool completely in pan.

Meanwhile, make chocolate filling. Reserve 1 cup.

Split cake into three layers (I only did two - too scared it'd break!)
Place one layer on serving plate and spread thinly with chocolate filling.
Repeat with remaining layers and filling.
Spread reserved filling over cake.
Refrigerate 3 hours before serving.

Chocolate Filling
Combine chocolate and butter in medium bowl; stir in sifter icing sugar. Cool filling to room temperature and beat with a wooden spoon until thick and spreadable.

This cake says it serves 10, but it's far too heavy for a regular slice, so I'd say 20.
It is worth noting mine kept fresh in the fridge for 5 days before it started to dry out.

A definite sign that something good was cooking.

I wished her luck.
Yes, my cakes are all assigned genders.


I had to get M to cut it, I was too scared I'd screw it up.

Cool ganache! I was up until 12.30am waiting for this stuff to cool down.

This actually looks better than the final result.

No one said I'll get an award for food photography.

Stay well, and eat cake!
Nat x


  1. This looks divine!! Nothing beats chocolate cake and that ganache looks heavenly!! Someone actually just dropped off a berry and almond cake at our house...I know what I'll be eating today ;)
    Hannah x


    I am waiting for my NEW KitchenAid before I start cooking le cooking cakes... !!

    A chocolate one is at the top of the list :) :) :)

  3. I love that peaky type of icing - it looks great :) I really like your deep mixing bowls too. I reckon that's what I need to stop splatters all over my kitchen when using a hand beater. Do you know a good way to cut a cake into layers? Hold the knife horizontally and lightly run the blade edge around the cake sides so it just scores a line into it. That way you can check it's in the right place before you start cutting through :)

  4. i also get adrian to do such technical stuff like cutting a cake in half. i would foul it up.
    what else are boy things for? haha