Black Forest-style chocolate sponge with blackberries

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This pretty desserts riffs on the classic Black Forest cake, but makes more elegant individual servings. A simple chocolate sponge into discs and then layered with cream and blackberries.

For this recipe, you will need a 25x35cm/10x14in a baking tray and a 9cm/3½in plain biscuit.

Ingredients

For the chocolate sponge

  • 200g/7oz plain flour
  • 200g/7oz caster sugar
  • 50g/1¾oz cocoa powder sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • 125ml/4fl oz milk
  • 2 medium free-range eggs

For the blackberries

  • 300g/10½oz frozen blackberries
  • 50g/1¾oz caster sugar

For the whipped cream

  • 200ml/7fl oz double cream
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar

For the chocolate sauce

  • 150ml/5fl oz double cream
  • 100g/3½oz dark cooking chocolate
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6. Line a 25x35cm/10x14in a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. For the chocolate sponge, put all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz to a smooth, thick batter.
  3. Spoon into the prepared tin and spread to the sides. Bake the cake for 10–12 minutes, or until risen and firm to the touch. Leave to cool for 10–15 minutes, then transfer to a board, still on the baking paper.
  4. Put the blackberries and sugar in a wide-based pan with a tablespoon of water and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the blackberries are almost softened and releasing their juice. Drain in a sieve over a bowl and reserve the juice.
  5. For the whipped cream, whip the cream with the icing sugar until it stands in soft peaks when the whisk is removed from the bowl. Set aside.
  6. To make the chocolate sauce, heat the cream, chocolate, and vanilla together in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is melted. Remove from the heat and stir until smooth.
  7. The sponge cake into 8 rounds using a 9cm/3½in plain biscuit cutter. (Freeze any leftover cake for another day.)
  8. Place a round of sponge cake on each of four dessert plates, and drizzle with a little of the blackberry juices. Top with whipped cream and blackberries. Repeat the layers, finishing with cream and berries. Pour over the warm chocolate sauce just before serving.