If you grew up reading Roald Dahl books as a child, Matilda was surely one of your favourites. One of the iconic scenes from that book was when protagonist-and-villian of the book Miss Trunchbull challenged a portly, cheeky student named Bruce Bogtrotter to finish an entire chocolate cake as punishment for stealing a slice. Here’s an excerpt from that chapter – just imagine the cake as you read it!
“There you are, cook,” the Trunchbull cried. “Bogtrotter likes your cake. He adores your cake. Do you have any more of your cake you could give him?” “I do indeed,” the cook said. She seemed to have learnt her lines by heart. “Then go and get it. And bring a knife to cut it with.” The cook disappeared. Almost at once she was back again staggering under the weight of an enormous round chocolate cake on a china platter. The cake was fully eighteen inches in diameter and it was covered with dark-brown chocolate icing.
The particular imagery of this luscious, huge chocolate cake has sparked the imagination of bakers around the world and today, we bring you a chocolate cake recipe that would make Bruce Bogtrotter proud. It is a three-layer chocolate sponge cake with rich dark chocolate ganache, in between layers of cherry jam and topped with fresh cherries (if you so desire). Moist, decadent, and perfect for a celebratory occasion (like momentarily defeating Miss Trunchbull) – shall we get started?