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Black jungle cake

Embark on a rich and decadent journey with the Black Jungle Cake, a dessert that combines the allure of dark chocolate with the lush flavors reminiscent of a jungle. This indulgent cake is not only a treat for the taste buds but also a visual delight with its deep, dark layers and nice toppings. Get ready to savor the magic of the jungle in every velvety bite.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

For the Chocolate Cake Layers:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

For the Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1 cup dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream

For Toppings:

  • Fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • Edible flowers
  • Chocolate shavings

Preparation Steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease and flour three 8-inch cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.
  4. Gradually add the boiling water to the batter, mixing continuously. The batter will be thin, but that’s normal.
  5. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Allow the cakes to cool completely before removing them from the pans.

For the Chocolate Ganache:

  1. Place the finely chopped dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl.
  2. Heat the heavy cream in a saucepan until it just begins to simmer.
  3. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let it sit for a minute.
  4. Stir the mixture until the chocolate is completely melted and the ganache is smooth.

Assembly:

  1. Place one chocolate cake layer on a serving plate. Spread a layer of chocolate ganache over the top.
  2. Add the second cake layer and repeat the process.
  3. Place the final cake layer on top and cover the entire cake with the remaining ganache, letting it drip down the sides for a rustic look.
  4. Decorate the top with fresh berries, edible flowers, and chocolate shavings.

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