A melt ‘n mix white chocolate cake sandwiched together with whipped dark chocolate ganache and drizzled with THREE kinds of chocolate sauce. Why? Because I can. And because 4 types of chocolate exist and I couldn’t choose my favourite (it’s like choosing a favourite child!) so I used them all. And because it’s International No Diet Day. Yes, I know every day on TheKateTin is no diet day…

I once heard a dietician say (bet you NEVER thought I’d be quoting a dietician – ha!) that if you’re going to cheat while on a diet, then do it properly! Half cheating just results in more cheating. But don’t fear, there is no half cheating with this cake. I didn’t call it a quadruple (bypass?) cake for nothing!
The melt ‘n mix white chocolate sponge is a revelation – it’s so delicious and tastes just like a milky bar. YUUUUM! It’s quite sweet so I balanced it out with a whipped dark chocolate ganache so there’s a bit of bitterness. But all that balance kinda jumped out the window when I got to the top of the cake and decided to go all Jackson Pollock on it with white, milk and caramel chocolate. Oh well. My intentions were good! Does that count?
As for those of you who are feeling any sort of guilt at eating said cake? I’ll leave you with this sweet quote from Jeanne Ray:
“A slice of cake never made anyone fat. You don’t eat the WHOLE cake… You have a slice and what it reminds you of is someplace that’s safe, uncomplicated, without stress. A cake is a party, a birthday, a wedding. A cake is what is served on the happiest days of your life”

Quadruple Chocolate Cake

Serves 12

 

Melt ‘n Mix White chocolate cake

185g butter

1 cup (250ml) milk

1 cup (250ml) castor sugar

150g white chocolate, chopped

2 cups (500ml) cake flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

2 large eggs

 

Whipped ganache

100ml cream

200g good-quality dark chocolate, chopped

50g milk chocolate, melted

50g white chocolate, melted

50g caramelized white chocolate, melted (see TIP)

 

Preheat the oven to 160C. Grease and line 2 x 15cm cake tins. For the cake, combine the butter, milk, sugar and chocolate in a saucepan and melt over low heat. In a separate bowl, mix the cake flour and baking powder. Add the chocolate mix to the dry ingredients and whisk well, then whisk in the eggs. Divide the batter between the two cake tins and bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden and springy to the touch. A skewer inserted into the middle should come out clean. Turn the cake out of the tins and allow to cool completely, then slice each cake in half horizontally. For the whipped ganache, heat the cream until boiling then pour over the chopped chocolate. Allow to stand for a few minutes then stir until melted. Allow to set completely then using a hand mixer, whip the ganache until light and fluffy (careful not to overwhip or it will split!) Assemble the cake by layering the white chocolate cake alternately with whipped chocolate ganache. Decorate the cake by drizzling with the 3 different types of chocolate.

 

 

 

TIP To make the caramelized white chocolate, place broken up good-quality white chocolate on a baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tbsp vegetable or canola oil. Place in an oven preheated to 150C for 1 hour, stirring every 10 minutes until a rich caramel colour is achieved. If the chocolate is lumpy, simply blend it in a food processor or pass it through a sieve. If it’s too thick, add a little more oil.