Faaiza Omar’s Chocolate Honey Cake

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Faaiza Omar's Chocolate Honey Cake from her new cookbook 'My Sweet Life', published by Human & Rousseau Sonia Cabano blog eatdrinkcapetown
Faaiza Omar’s Chocolate Honey Cake from her new cookbook ‘My Sweet Life’

Chocolate Honey Cake

Serves: 12

Time: 2 Hours + Overnight

This chocolate-honey cake is one of the most popular cakes in Russia, comprising 12 beautiful layers of chocolate-honey biscuits sandwiched with chocolate cream.

It’s definitely one to make if you’re looking to impress your loved ones and it’s bound to become a firm favourite.

CHOCOLATE PASTRY

260 g sugar

3 eggs

120 g butter, softened

3 tbsp honey

60 g cocoa powder

½ tsp salt

1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

450 g cake flour

CHOCOLATE CREAM

350 ml milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

4 tbsp cornflour

½ cup sour cream

100 g milk chocolate, melted

90 g butter, softened

280 ml whipping cream

CREAM FROSTING

75 g mascarpone

175 g whipping cream

1 tsp vanilla essence

55 g icing sugar, sifted

TO DECORATE

offcuts of pastry

cocoa powder, for dusting

Method:

Pastry Rings

1. Preheat a Thermofan oven to 170 °C. Grease 2 large baking trays with non-stick cooking spray and line with baking paper.

  1. Prepare a double boiler by placing just enough water in a pot large enough to fit a large heatproof glass or metal bowl so that when the water boils, it does not touch the bowl, but rather the steam from the boiling water gently heats up the contents in the bowl.

3. To make the pastry, combine the sugar, eggs, butter, honey, cocoa powder and salt in the heatproof glass or metal bowl. Place bowl onto the prepared double boiler, ensuring that the base of the bowl does not touch the water. Use a whisk to stir, mixing continuously until butter has melted and ingredients are smoothly combined.

  1. Whisk in the bicarbonate of soda – the mixture will double in volume. Transfer the mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.

  2. Add the sifted cake flour and beat well until the dough comes together.

  3. Divide the dough into 12 equal parts; keep it covered with damp cloth while you roll each part out. Roll the dough out into 1-2 mm thick, round pieces. The dough will rise and shrink in the oven as it bakes, so roll each piece out large enough to cut a 20-cm diameter disc after baking. Place each piece on a prepared baking tray for baking.

  4. Place the baking trays, one at a time depending on the size of your oven, in the oven and bake for 12–14 minutes until the pastry is golden brown.

  5. Once baked, remove each piece from the oven and place on a work surface. Using a 20-cm diameter entremet ring adjustable pastry ring or base of a springform tin, immediately cut the baked pastry and set aside to cool. Keep the offcuts in an airtight container to use for decorating later.

  6. Repeat with the remaining pastry. If the pastry hardens, microwave for just a few seconds to soften.

Chocolate Cream

350 ml milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
4 tbsp cornflour
½ cup sour cream
100 g milk chocolate, melted
90 g butter, softened
280 ml whipping cream

To make the chocolate cream, place the milk and vanilla essence in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the eggs, sugar and cornflour, whisking till smooth.

Once the vanilla-milk is simmering, pour half of it into the egg mixture and whisk to combine.

Transfer the combined egg and milk mixture into the remaining vanilla-milk mixture in the saucepan, whisking briskly to combine.

Add the sour cream and stir to form a custard. Remove from the heat, add the melted chocolate and butter, and mix well.

Cover the surface of the custard with cling wrap, ensuring that the cling wrap touches the custard to prevent a skin from forming.

Refrigerate overnight.

The next day, remove the custard from the fridge.

Add the cream to the bowl of a stand mixer and use a whisk attachment to beat the cream until stiff peaks form.

Gently fold the whisked cream into the chilled custard until just incorporated.

Divide the filling into 11 equal parts and set aside until needed.

To assemble, line the base of a 20-cm diameter entremet ring/ adjustable pastry ring or base of a springform tin with clingwrap, and place onto a baking sheet.

Place 1 chocolate pastry disc in the base of the ring and spread 1 portion of chocolate cream over it.

Repeat with the remaining chocolate pastry discs and chocolate cream until you have 12 layers. Refrigerate for 4 hours.

Note: The top layer/pastry disc does not get a chocolate cream layer.

CREAM FROSTING

75 g mascarpone

175 g whipping cream

1 tsp vanilla essence

55 g icing sugar, sifted

For the cream frosting, place all the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Use a whisk attachment to beat the ingredients until stiff peaks form.

Remove the cake from the fridge, carefully remove the pastry ring and cling wrap, and cover the top and sides of the cake with the cream frosting.

To decorate, place the offcut pastry pieces into a food processor and blend until fine.

Gently press the pastry crumbs onto the side of the cake, covering it well. Dust the top of the cake with cocoa powder and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Faaiza Omar's Chocolate Honey Cake new cookbook My Sweet Life Sonia Cabano blog eatdrinkcapetown
Faaiza Omar’s Chocolate Honey Cake from her new cookbook My Sweet Life

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