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Chocolate cake with chocolate icing with slice removed.

Bruce Bogtrotters' Chocolate Cake

The chocolate cake with chocolate icing from the Roald Dahl children's book Matilda.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Chill time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Course Baking, Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 8 people
Calories 912 kcal


  • 8 1/2" cake pan 
  • parchment paper


  • 1 pkg semi-sweet chocolate 8 oz
  • 1.5 sticks butter, salted 12 tablespoons
  • 1.125 cups sugar 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons
  • .25 cup flour
  • 6 eggs separated


  • 1 pkg semi-sweet chocolate 8 oz
  • 8 oz heavy cream



  • Preheat oven to 350˚.
  • Melt semi-sweet chocolate in microwave (at 30 second intervals)
  • Prepare cake pan by spreading a little butter on bottom, then lining bottom and sides with parchment paper.
  • Using room-temperature eggs, separate yolks from whites.
  • Add butter to your melted chocolate. Incorporate.
  • Add sugar and flour.
  • Beat egg whites until they're nice and stiff.
  • Add half of beaten egg whites, folding into the chocolate cake batter.
  • Take chocolate cake batter and pour into the remaining half of egg whites, folding it in.
  • Bake in 350˚ oven for 40-45 minutes, or until the center of the cake is set.
  • Chill cake for one hour before frosting.

Icing (or ganache)

  • On med-low heat, add semi-sweet chocolate to heavy cream, mixing until the chocolate has melted into the cream, creating a smooth ganache.
  • To chilled cake, pour ganache evenly over whole cake.


Calories: 912kcalCarbohydrates: 77gProtein: 11gFat: 63gSaturated Fat: 37gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 212mgSodium: 218mgPotassium: 559mgFiber: 7gSugar: 59gVitamin A: 1167IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 96mgIron: 6mg
Keyword chocolate cakes, Recipes from fiction
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