Chocolate Madeira cake with chocolate ganache and decorated with edible lace

Cooking time
180 mins
Serves
10 people

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113 gramunsalted-butter-room-temperature-2
113 grammargerine-room-temperature
300 gramcaster-sugar
1 1/2 teaspoonvanilla-essence
5 numbereggs-room-temperature
260 gramplain-flour
75 gramcocoa-powder
2 1/2 teaspoonbaking-powder
4 1/2 table-spoonmilk-room-temperature
for-ganache
200 gramgood-quality-dark-chocolate
200 gramgood-quality-milk-chocolate
300 mililiterwhipping-cream-pouring
for-decoration
1 packswhite-cake-lace-mix
1 numbersilicon-mat-for-lace
1 packsreadymade-gum-paste
1 packspeony-cutter-set-and-decorative-tools
0 smalledible-glue

Chocolate madeira cake is a moist and firm cake that tastes lovely and apt for birthday celebration. It’s easy to shape or to work with as it doesn’t crumble like a chocolate sponge. 

The recipe is inspired from Emma T of cakes bakes and cookies.

  1. First of all, you need a 7” cake tin that’s 3” tall. If you are not sure about the height then measure it by filling it with water. A 7”x 3” high tin should contain 1800 ml water.
  2. Line your cake tin with baking parchment and pre-heat your oven to 180ºC/ 160ºC fan-assisted/ 350 F/ gas 4.
  3. Blend the butter, margarine and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs slowly until they’re really well mixed in. Add the vanilla essence.
  4. In a separate bowl, weigh and sieve the flour, cocoa and baking powder. Mix them so that you have a light brown dry mixture. This will prevent you having any cocoa lumps in the mix. I sieved thrice.
  5. Add the flour and milk to the butter in 3-4 alternating go. Pour the cake mix into the tin and smooth with the back of a metal spoon. I divided the batter in two 7" cake tins. Bake in the centre of the preheated oven.
  6. The cake is ready when you can smell that delicious chocolate cake aroma filling your kitchen. The cake will come away from the sides of the tin and a skewer will come out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake.
  7. It takes 70-80 minutes to bake but baking time may vary according to the oven.
  8. Leave the cake to cool down on wire rack.
  9. To make ganache : Heat the cream until it starts bubbling from the sides. Do not boil. Take chopped chocolates in a dry and clean bowl and pour hot cream over it. Let it rest for couple of minutes. You may add a tablespoon of unsalted butter to get a shine in the ganache. Mix it with silicon spatula till the mixture looks smooth. Leave aside to cool.
  10. While making ganache, make sure everything is clean and dry including your hands. Water is a big enemy of chocolate and your chocolate can seize if it comes in contact with the water.
  11. Once the cake has cooled down completely, cut it into two horizontlly. Check if ganache has come to the spreading consistency. If yes, spread the ganache on the cut layer. Sandwich all the layers together after spreading ganache on each layer.
  12. Crumb coat your cake with ganache and keep it in the fridge for 20 minutes to set.
  13. Spread the remaining ganache on top of the cake and spread evenly using metal spatula. Once you smooth the cake from all sides, keep it in the fridge to set.
  14. To make sugar lace : Follow the packet instructions to make the cake lace mix. Spread it over your chosen pattern mat. Dry them in oven on lowest temperature. All the instructions come with the packet. Once dry carefully take it out off the mat using a knife keeping mat facing down and pulling lace away from you. Be gentle. Leave the lace on a baking sheet to dry.
  15. Use gum paste and peony cutter to make peony leaves. Leave it in a muffin tin to dry so that all the petals hold shape. It may take 6-8 hours to dry completely. Once dry, stack them together using edible glue. Keep aside till use.
  16. Cut small flowers using the appropriate cutter.
  17. Once all your decorations are ready, take out the cake from the fridge.
  18. Drape the lace around the cake using a little water (if needeed). Decorate with peony and little flowers.
  19. A beautiful birthday cake is ready!!

94 comments

  1. Tonoya Barua Chaudhuri said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Beautiful !
  2. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Thanks a ton Tonoya <3
  3. Nupur Aggarwal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Beautiful
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thank you dear for your appreciation ❤️
  4. Ritika Jaiswal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Truly lovely xx
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thank you Ritika ❤️
  5. Prarthana Acharya said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Fantastic one
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thank you Prarthana ❤️❤️
  6. smita said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Amazing! The look of the cake is sooo tempting.
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thank you so much Smita ❤️
  7. Swati Varshney said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Amazing recipe and a well explained one!
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thanks heaps Swati ❤️
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    Rani Jha said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Well explained well written well presented and too inviting !
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thank you for your appreciation Rani Di ❤️
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    Ashna Gupta said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    What a lovely piece of art Jayshree, appreciate the efforts you put into getting these marvellous cakes. Excellent
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thank you so much dear for appreciating my efforts. Thanks heaps ❤️❤️
  10. Shreela Sasidharan said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Beautiful , elegant....n sooo yummmy .
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thanks a lot Shreela for your lovely comment. I appreciate :)
  11. Ashima said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Lovely!!
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thank you Ashima <3
  12. Vidya Iyer said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Absolutely professional..
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      I am overwhelmed dear vidya. Thanks a ton!
  13. Manisha said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    This is awesome !
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thanks Manisha <3
  14. Rachna Joshi said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    A piece of art served on a plate!! I will have to try this recipe very soon x
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thank you so much Rachna. Do try (Y) I am sure you will like it :D
  15. Sameera Jalali said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    lovely!! such finesse :)
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thank you Sameera for your appreciation <3
  16. Sameera Jalali said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    such finesse :)
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thanks dear <3
  17. ranjana said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    This recipe defines exotic taste & passion cooking.
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thanks a ton for your appreciation! Means a lot to me <3
  18. Shipra Sengupta said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Beautiful cake... Well written..... U r really amazing baker..
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thank you Shipra for your love <3
  19. Priyanka Shahi said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Ur cake z decorated like princess. Luvly jay
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thanks Pri for your lovely comment <3
  20. Jayant Varma said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Looks yummylicious!
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thank you for your appreciation :D
  21. Deepak Kumar said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Wow...looks so delish!
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thank you so much deepu bhayiya :D
  22. Varsha Chaudhary said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Perfect celebration cake. Am sure it will taste equally delicious.
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thanks heaps Varsha :D
  23. Ruchi Shah said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Beautiful cake
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thank you Ruchi <3
  24. Anjali Suresh said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Beautiful is the word
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thank you dear Anji <3
  25. Jyoti Agrawal Rungta said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Perfect choice of the celebration
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thank you Jyoti for appreciation <3
  26. Jyoti Agrawal Rungta said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Wow delicious
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
      Thank you so much <3
  27. Bhavana Bhakhri said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    As always a lovely and beautiful piece of art...i won't be having the heart to slice this beauty....exquisite is the word Jay
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thanks BB !
  28. Prashant Kumar said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Beautiful cake for any occasion...
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thanks!
  29. Pappu Sharma said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    wow its amazing......
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thanks!
  30. Nidhi Mital said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    That is wonderful
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thanks!
  31. Ishika Uppal said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Fantabulous
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thanks!
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    Sameer said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Looks very tempting
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thanks!
  33. Mudita said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Wow!so tempting
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thanks :D
  34. Arshia Izhar said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    awesome cake full of creativity....jayshree u rocks
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thanks :D
  35. Tonoya Barua Chaudhuri said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Lacy & classy !
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thanks :D
  36. Karishma Kadam Shah said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Loved the lace... it's incredible
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thanks :D
  37. Anuradha Srivastava said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Absolutely mindblowing. Loved the beautiful cake.
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thanks :D
  38. Ajay Rungta said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Wow
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thanks :D
  39. Natasha Jagota said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    Mouthwatering...... Can you start selling selling as well specially for people like me who even don't know the spelling of baking
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thanks dear :D
  40. Brinda Thakur said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    Looks very inviting
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thanks dear :D
  41. Yogesh Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    Awesome just!!
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you!!
  42. Satpal Harpreet Shekhawat said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    Delicious cake
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thanks :D
  43. Anupama Kumar jyoti said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    Looks tempting! Will surely try at home
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you Anupama !
  44. Gareema Kumar said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    Just beautiful n yummy.......
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you Gareema :)
  45. Geeta Virmani said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    Perfect and yummy too
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you Aunty !
  46. Radhika kakkar said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    Awsome
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you Radhika :)
  47. Deepali Seth said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    Super duper likey....
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thanks Deeplu :)
  48. Rupali Patil said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    Wow marvellous cake..
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thanks Roops :)

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