Summer Berry Chocolate Cake for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Sep 1, 2013 in #SundaySupper, Cakes | 24 comments

Summer Berry Chocolate Cake for #SundaySupper

Is it really possible that it’s September already? Summer is drawing to a close, but I have been eking out the last few days of it with windsurfing and picnics while the weather is still so clement. Of course, in the USA, it is Labor Day weekend, a final fling of Summer. So of course #SundaySupper is celebrating, hosted by Crazy Foodie Stunts (a blog name which certainly promises great things!) My offering is a Summer Berry Chocolate Cake, which makes use of the last glut of Summer berries.

Though summer berries are now available throughout the year in the supermarkets thanks to importation, they are never as juicy and sweet as when they are homegrown, in season. And the start of September is really the last chance to find British-grown summer berries. I was delighted to find a rare punnet of blackcurrants, so I nabbed those, along with some strawberries and blueberries. 

Chocolate Summer Berry Cake

In my world, not much can beat the combination of strawberries and chocolate, so I decided to extend this theme by creating a berry-filled chocolate cake. I used melted dark chocolate and dark chocolate cocoa powder in the cake batter to make it dark, rich and not overly sweet. For this reason as well, I used a mixture of caster sugar and dark muscavado sugar – so that there was a depth of flavour, making it a grown-up chocolate cake, rather than children’s-party cake. 

Likewise, for the filling, rather than using sweetened whipped cream or buttercream, I used a mixture of creme fraiche and double cream, to cut through the darkness of the chocolate and the sweetness of the berries. This does mean, however, that the cake needs to be refrigerated if it does not all get eaten on the day it is made, otherwise the cream will spoil. 

For the topping, I opted for chocolate ganache, again because it is more luxurious and less sickly than chocolate icing. Plus, you can whip up chocolate truffles with any leftover ganache! 

Chocolate Cake

I didn’t really plan a patriotic theme, but this cake does give a nod to the red, white and blue of the US flag, with the strawberries, blueberries and cream. It wasn’t intentional, but it seems this cake knows it’s Labor Day and wants to join in the celebrations! 

So to all my American friends, enjoy your long weekend of fun and frolics, and make the most of those summer berries while they’re still around! 

Summer Berry Chocolate Cake
Serves 12
A sumptuous dark chocolate and summer berry gluten-free cake.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
For the Cake
  1. 200g butter
  2. 100g caster sugar
  3. 80g dark muscovado sugar
  4. 225g self-raising flour (I used a gluten-free blend)
  5. 50g dark cocoa
  6. 50g good-quality dark chocolate
  7. 3 eggs
  8. 1 tbsp milk
For the filling
  1. 100ml creme fraiche
  2. 80ml double cream
  3. 200g strawberries
  4. 80g blueberries
  5. 80g blackcurrants
For the topping
  1. 100g good-quality dark chocolate
  2. 100ml double cream
  3. A few berries to decorate.
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line a 9-10 inch cake tin.
  2. Melt the dark chocolate over a bain-marie.
  3. To make the cake, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time, with a little flour to prevent the mixture curdling. Seive in the flour and cocoa and fold in, then add the melted chocolate and milk and stir lightly to combine everything. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for about 40 mins, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 5 mins, then turn out on a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To make the filling, whisk together the creme fraiche and double cream until stiff. Cut the cake into halves and spread one half with the cream, then cover completely with the chopped strawberries, blueberries and blackcurrants. Put the top half back on.
  6. To make the ganache, melt the rest of the dark chocolate over a bain marie, then stir in the rest of the double cream until warmed through. Stir well and remove from heat. Spread the ganache over the top of the cake, then decorate with the remaining fruit. Sprinkle the fruit with a little icing sugar.
  7. Serve the same day, or keep in the fridge for a couple of days.
Notes
  1. You can substitute the berries for your own favourites, or for whatever is in season where you are!
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 Summer Berry Cake

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24 Comments

  1. Thank you for participating this week! Your cake looks sinful.
    DB-The Foodie Stuntman @ Crazy Foodie Stunts recently posted..Strawberries with Red Wine Reduction and Whipped Cream for a Labor Day #SundaySupperMy Profile

  2. Seasonal berries are nowhere near the ones that are sold the rest of the year, but it’s nice to find strawberries in the middle of the winter. Lovely cake, with that almost overflowing filling!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes recently posted..Ice Cream Granola Truffles #LaborDay #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I did go a bit OTT on the filling!

  3. This would be such a winner with my mom and I – how can you beat chocolate and ANYTHING?
    Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) recently posted..Caramelized Onion Relish for A Labour Day #SundaySupper (Toast Topper #28)My Profile

    • Chocolate does go with pretty much anything!

  4. British berries are fabulous, as is your cake, Katy! What a showstopper! You need to enter it in We Should Cocoa this month. (ChocLogBlog challenge) It would fit right in.
    Stacy recently posted..Sausage Rolls for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you so much Stacy, I hadn’t even heard about that but I will look into it!

  5. I’ll be dreaming about this cake for a long time. Decadent, rich, and heavenly! My kind of cake for sure.
    Renee recently posted..Grilled Herb Shrimp With Chimichurri Sauce for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you, Renee :)

  6. This is incredible, Katy! OMGoodness… I want to get lost in those heavenly layers!!! :-)

    • Thank you, Diana :)

  7. Strawberry and chocolate combos are very popular in Japan. Glad to see they are also popular in the UK. Love that you added black currants to your delicious looking cake =) Yum!

    • Thank you, Kim! I was so happy to find some blackcurrants!

  8. Gorgeous cake, Katy! I love the berry topping and berry filling…so scrumptious!
    Liz recently posted..Egg Free Chocolate Mousse with Brandied Cherries #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you, Liz :)

  9. This cake is beautiful, Katy! LOVE chocolate ganache myself. We picked black berries today. Berries are so darn delicious aren’t they? Thank you for sharing such a beautifully delicious treat! Cheers!
    Amber @ Mamas Blissful Bites recently posted..Peach Salsa Nachos # Labor Day #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Berries are SO delicious! Thank you for such a kind comment, Amber!

  10. I love all the dark chocolaty goodness here! And with berries – perfect!
    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips recently posted..Red, White & Blue Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Dip Trio for #SundaySupper #LaborDayMy Profile

    • Thank you, Brianne :)

  11. What a lovely cake! We definitely have to enjoy those fresh berries while they’re still sweet and juicy!
    Courtney @ Neighborfood recently posted..Red Wine Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you, Courtney!

  12. Oh your cake looks so decadent with the chocolate and the filling and the ganache!!The berries make such a pretty topping :)
    Soni recently posted..Spicy Sea Scallop Skewers with Mint Yoghurt Sauce #SundaySupperMy Profile

  13. Ohmigoodness, such a pretty cake. I just want to smash my face right in it.
    Kim@Treats & Trinkets recently posted..Raspberry Lime Cupcakes #SundaySupperMy Profile

  14. This looks like chocolatey heaven. It looks so rich and gorgeous, also!

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