Christmas recipes: Christmas cake

What is a celebration without cake? Unheard of, right? That is why a cake recipe is very useful during this season for those that prefer to bake the cake rather than buy it. This year, let us try chocolate ganache.


  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 200g butter
  • 1 tablespoon of Nescafe
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 170g plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon soda bicarbonate
  • 200g brown sugar to help darken the cake
  • 200g sugar
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • Quarter glass of plain yoghurt
  • Grated chocolate to decorate for the ganache
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 284ml whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar


  • Butter a round cake tin and line the base with grease proof paper.
  • Preheat the oven to 160°C
  • Break the dark chocolate pieces into a pan coupled with butter and mix.
  • Then add Nescafe to cold water and pour into the pan mix.
  • Warm the contents over low heat, enough to simply melt them.  
  • Mix the dry ingredients (plain flour, soda bicarbonate, brown sugar, sugar, and cocoa powder) in a big bowl. Ensure that there are no lumps.
  • Beat the eggs in a bowl then add yoghurt and stir.
  • Pour the melted chocolate mixture and the egg mixture into the dry ingredient mix. Stir until you have a smooth and consistent runny mixture.
  • Pour this into the tin and bake for 185 minutes.
  • Leave it to cool in the tin before turning it onto a plate to further cool.
  • When cool, cut the cake horizontally into three pieces.

Make the ganache: chop dark chocolate into small pieces and put it aside. Then add cream and sugar in a pan and heat until it is about to boil.

  • Pour this mixture over the chocolate and stir until the chocolate has melted, giving you a smooth mixture.
  • Pour the ganache over each layer to create a sandwich, putting each layer on top of the other.
  • Pour the rest over the cake, letting it flow on down the sides.
  • Decorate with the remaining grated chocolate.