11-17 October is chocolate week and a time for pure indulgence, the country's top chocolatiers and specialist chocolate shops are holding events all over Britain. Unfortunately I am unable to make it to any of these events so I shall have my own celebration of chocolate with the following recipe.
150g self raising flour
150g golden caster sugar
150g softened unsalted butter
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3 large eggs
Grated zest of 1 orange + zest for decoration
Seive all the dry ingredients together, add the rest of the ingredients and beat with an electric hand-held mixer, until paler and light in texture.
Pre-heat the oven to 190C
200ml double cream
25g icing sugar
Whisk together until thick enough to spread but be careful not to overwhip.
Sandwich the cooled sponges together with the cream.
For the chocolate ganache
200g good quality dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids)
100ml fresh double cream
1 tbsp orange liqueur
Sprinkle the orange zest over the top.