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Discover National Chocolate Cake Day

January 27th is one of our favourite days of the year here at Discover Delicious. That’s right, it’s National Chocolate Cake Day – it doesn’t get much better than that!

Well in fact it does – even better news: there have been numerous studies over the years looking at the health benefits of chocolate. So to ease the guilt as you tuck in – did you know that chocolate….

  • Could improve memory – a Nature Neuroscience study compared the effects of a high-cocoa drink to a low-cocoa, and found that the participants who had the high-level cocoa drinks scored better in the cognitive tests.
  • Could be beneficial to cardiovascular health – Circulation conducted a study that showed cocoa could help widen blood vessels and increase blood flow.
  • Could reduce blood pressure and the risk of stroke – this has been found in a number of studies.

Dark chocolate is the healthiest variety as it typically contains 70% cocoa solids and has very little sugar!

Also, did you know that…

  • The largest box of chocolates ever made weighed 2,044kg and was created by Meiji Corporation in Japan in 2016. It measured a whopping 122.7cm x 241.5cm x 110cm!
  • The tallest chocolate cake ever made was 33 metres tall and was made by Hakasima-Nilasain Culinary School and exhibited in Senayan City, Indonesia in December 2008.
  • The largest Cupcake in the World weighed a massive 1,176.6kg and had a diameter of 56 inches! This was achieved by Georgetown Cupcake in the US.
  • In celebration of its 100th birthday, Thorntons created the world’s largest chocolate bar, weighing a record breaking 5,792.50kg. That might be too much chocolate, even for us!

Fancy joining us in celebrating National Chocolate Cake Day? Here’s a super simple…

Discover Delicious​ ​Chocolate​ ​and​ ​Coffee​ ​Cake

Two tantalising, favourite flavours come together to make this mouthwatering dessert, the perfect end to any dinner.

Prep Time: 30 mins

Cooking Time: 50 mins

Serves: 4

We recommend using these products for extra flavour

Cariad Coffee – Masterblend Medium Roast

Sarah Bunton – Artisan Nut Bar in Dark Chocolate

Daioni – Milk

Ingredients

For​ sponge:

250g​ ​dark​ ​chocolate​ ​(at​ ​least​ ​70%​ ​cocoa​ ​solids)

250g​ ​unsalted​ ​butter

1​ ​tbsp​ ​good-quality​ ​instant​ coffee

150g​ ​self-raising​ ​flour  

½​ ​tsp​ ​bicarbonate​ ​of​ ​soda

80g​ ​cocoa​ ​powder  

500g​ ​caster​ ​sugar  

4​ ​free-range​ ​eggs  

2​ ​tbsp​ ​sunflower​ ​oil

125ml​ ​milk  

150g​ ​plain​ ​flour

For​ ​your​ ​icing:

100g​ ​chocolate​ ​(at​ ​least​ ​70%​ ​cocoa​ ​solids)

50g​ ​unsalted​ ​butter

6​ ​tbsp​ ​double​ ​cream

50g​ ​icing​ ​sugar  

Method

Preheat the oven to 170C/340F/Gas 3½. Grease a 24cm/10in diameter cake tin and line it with baking​ ​paper.  

For your sponge, place the chocolate, butter and coffee into a bowl and melt over a pan of simmering​ ​water,​ ​making​ ​sure​ ​the​ ​bowl​ ​does​ ​not​ ​touch​ ​the​ ​water.  

Once the ingredients have melted and are of a smooth consistency, remove from the heat and set​ ​aside.

Mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar and make​ ​a​ ​well​ ​in​ ​the​ ​middle.  

Add​ ​the​ ​beaten​ ​eggs,​ ​oil​ ​and​ ​milk​ ​into​ ​the​ ​well​ ​and​ ​stir​ ​gently​ ​to​ ​combine​ ​all​ ​the​ ​ingredients.  

Add​ ​the​ ​chocolate​ ​and​ ​butter​ ​mixture​ ​and​ ​stir​ ​to​ ​combine.

Pour​ ​into​ ​the​ ​prepared​ ​baking​ ​tin​ ​and​ ​cook​ ​for​ ​one​ ​hour​ ​or​ ​until​ ​firm.

Leave​ ​to​ ​cool​ ​completely​ ​before​ ​turning​ ​out​ ​of​ ​the​ ​tin.

For​ ​the​ ​icing,​ ​place​ ​all​ ​ingredients​ ​in​ ​a​ ​pan.​ ​Heat​ ​gently​ ​and​ ​stir​ ​until​ ​smooth.

Once​ ​everything​ ​has​ ​cooled,​ ​spread​ ​the​ ​icing​ ​over​ ​the​ ​cake​ ​using​ ​a​ ​palette​ ​knife.  

Enjoy a Discover Delicious Twist

Adding a bar or (or two) of Sarah Bunton’s Fruit and Nut Artisan Bar in Dark Chocolate for that extra rich flavour and texture, a great added bite!