Cooking oil spray, to grease
150g dark chocolate, chopped
150g unsalted butter, chopped, softened
2/3 cup caster sugar
2 free-range eggs
1 cup plain flour
2 tbsp Dutch cocoa
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/3 cup thickened cream
Milk, dark and white chocolate curls, to decorate
50g milk chocolate, chopped
¼ cup thickened cream
¼ tsp gelatine
1 tbsp just boiled water
200g dark chocolate, chopped
½ cup pouring cream
Preheat oven to 160C fan-forced (180°C conventional). Grease a 26cm wide and 4cm deep heart-shaped ring tin with cooking oil spray. Line base and side with baking paper.
Put chocolate in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir with a metal spoon until melted and smooth. Cool 5 minutes.
Beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer until pale and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in chocolate.
Fold sifted combined flour, cocoa , baking powder and soda into mixture alternately with cream, until combined. Spoon into pan and smooth surface.
Bake 50 minutes until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool in pan 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
To make mousse, put chocolate in a small heat-proof bowl. Heat cream to boiling point in a small saucepan. Pour over chocolate, stirring until melted and smooth. Whisk gelatine into water in a small bowl using a fork until dissolved. Whisk into chocolate. Refrigerate for 15 minutes, or until beginning to thicken.
Meanwhile, to make ganache, place chocolate in a heat-proof bowl. Heat cream to boiling point in a small saucepan. Pour over chocolate, stirring until melted and smooth. Cool in fridge until a spreadable consistency. Beat with an electric hand mixer for 2 minutes or until creamy.
Use a vegetable peeler to scrape over edges of a chocolate bar to make our simple curls.
Chocolate may also be melted in the microwave oven in a microwave-safe bowl on medium (50%) power in 30 second bursts, stirring between each.
Avoid stirring chocolate with wooden spoons as they may contain moisture which will cease the mixture.
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