I love fresh cream cakes and pastries. Whether they are individual chocolate drizzled choux buns such as Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce Covered Profiteroles, or a large cream filled sponge cake like my Strawberries and Cream Cake. While the whipped cream gives a delicious lightness to the cake, it is also not as sweet as other frostings. Here in this Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake it provides the perfect contrast to the velvet chocolate sponge.
Since having a bag of Art of Mallow’s new Honeycomb product, I wanted to create something that would really show off it’s beautiful colour and toffee flavour. Also, having some Lindt chocolate eggs leftover from Easter seemed perfect. Because when they’re not available the shiny wrapped truffle balls are! Finally, using dark chocolate as the contrasting drizzle keeps the balance of flavours perfect.
Simply put, this cake is incredible. Especially for those who prefer their cakes a little less sweet. Even with the addition of honeycomb the overall flavour is balanced. A cake that should suit everyone!
Recipe: Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake serves 10-12
For the cake:
225g/8oz Caster Sugar
225g/8oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature
1/4 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon
5 Large Free Range Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste (vanilla extract can be substituted) – I use Nielsen-Massey
100g/4oz Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut
125g/4oz Plain White Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
450mls/1 pint Double Cream (Heavy Cream)
1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
50g/2oz Dark Chocolate minimum 70% Cocoa
100g/4oz Lindt Chocolate Mini Eggs or Truffles/Balls
Honeycomb – I used a bag from Art of Mallow alternatively use a couple of Crunchie bars
Method: Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3, 325F.
Note: You will need 2 x 20cm/8″ sandwich tins at least 5cm/2″ deep. Grease with butter and line the base with baking parchment.
Making And Baking The Chocolate Sponge Cakes
- First of all place the sugar, butter and salt into a large bowl and whisk together until pale and creamy.
- Add all five eggs and the vanilla, then sift the cocoa powder on top. Whisk together until completely combined.
- Sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl. Gently fold the flour in using a metal spoon until the ingredients are just combined. Over mixing will cause the cake crumb to be tough.
- Divide the rich chocolate cake batter evenly between the two prepared tins.
- Place the cake tins into the lower and middle part of the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.
- The cakes are cooked when they spring back from a light touch. Also an inserted skewer will come out clean.
- As soon as the cakes are baked remove from the oven and place the tins on to a cooling rack.
- Leave the cakes to cool in the tin for 15 minutes before turning out and allowing to finish cooling on the rack.
Filling And Decorating The Cake
- While the cakes finish cooling prepare the cream. Pour the cream and vanilla into a large bowl. Whisk until the cream just holds it’s shape. Fit a piping bag with a 1cm round nozzle and fill with half of the whipped cream.
- Also, break up the chocolate and place in a heatproof, microwaveable bowl. Zap for 20 seconds at at time until the chocolate starts to melt. Remove and stir continuously until all of the chocolate is melted. Pour into a small, disposable piping bag and set to one side to cool.
- Place a cooled chocolate sponge, flat side up on to a board or plate.
- Spoon the remaining cream on to the sponge and spread to cover evenly.
- Place the second sponge, flat side down, gently on top of the cream covered bottom sponge.
- Pipe a small amount of cream on to the sponge and spread, using a palette knife to cover.
- Now pipe swirls around the outside edge.
- Add a Lindt chocolate ball or egg on to each swirl.
- Snip off the very end of the melted chocolate filled piping bag and drizzle across the cake. Reserve some melted chocolate for finishing the cake.
Finishing Touches Make The Cake Extra Special
- Crush the honeycomb using a rolling pin and sandwich bag. Aim for some larger pieces, rubble and golden dust.
- Place the larger pieces of honeycomb just inside the piped swirls. Fill in the centre with the honeycomb rubble, reserving a couple of teaspoons to finish the cake.
- Top the honeycomb with the remaining chocolates.
- Finally pipe more chocolate drizzle on top of the decorated cake, allowing some chocolate to drizzle on to the plate.
- Finish with a sprinkle of gold, crushed honeycomb.
- Refridgerate the cake for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to set and the whole cake to firm up.
Slice and share with good friends.
Ideally this cake is at its best eaten the day it is made. The chocolate sponges can be made a day ahead and stored in an airtight container. Finally, once assembled refrigerate and eat the cake within 3 days.
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Honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed two slices of this cake. And, in the spirit of sharing, our Waitrose shopping delivery driver also went away with a generous slice. Since it is my firm belief is that all food tastes better when it is shared. Therefore, the sheer joy we gain when giving someone an unexpected foodie treat makes our own experience that more special.
So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.
Art of Mallow kindly sent me a bag of their new honeycomb to review. All opinions and views in this post are my own. No part of this post may reproduced or duplicated without the written permission of the owner. Please see my Disclosure Policy.