Triple Layer Chocolate Fudge Cake

Food Photography: Holly Pickering

Food Styling: Rukmini Iyer

You could pretend that the berries make this cake one of your five a day - but why bother? Make it and be happy. And if you’re feeling particularly generous, make it for someone you like quite a lot. 

For the cake, make a standard 10 x 10 x 10 chocolate sponge with five eggs, replacing 1 3/4 oz of the flour with chocolate. (Follow my basic cake method in the ‘Misc Recipe' section). Add a good splash of milk to the batter, before dividing it evenly between three cake tins and baking in a preheated oven at 180C for about 25 minutes. Leave the cakes to cool on a wire rack while you get on with the icing. Melt 175g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids minimum) in the microwave or in a bain marie, then leave it aside to cool for a few minutes. In a food processor or in a teatowel covered KitchenAid (trust me, you'll need this to prevent your kitchen turning into an icing sugar cloud) beat together 250g butter with 250g icing sugar. Once the mixture's light and fluffy, pour in the melted chocolate and beat until smooth. The icing will stay spreadable for about half an hour, so once your cake has cooled, assemble on a cake stand, scattering your favourite berries over each layer and on top.