• The world’s most decadent cake with the perfect combination for anyone to enjoy. You simply add all the ingredients into your OptiMUM for a quick mix and pop your cake in the oven. Top your cake off with a beautiful dark chocolate glaze paired with fresh berries.

    Recipe by Claire Allen



    • 250 g Butter (softened)
    • 2 cups brown sugar
    • 1 cup caster sugar
    • 6 eggs
    • 4 cups plain flour
    • 180 ml cocoa powder
    • 2 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
    • 500ml sour cream
    • 1 cup water


    1. 250g mascarpone
    2. 250ml cream
    3. drop of vanilla extract



    1. 100g dark chocolate, chopped coarsely
    2. 60 g butter
    3. ½ cup (icing sugar (sifted)
    4. ¼ cup sour cream
    5. Fresh berries (raspberries or strawberries are Claire’s favourite)



    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees fan forced.
    2. Line 3 cake pans with Glad Bake & Cooking Paper.
    3. In a large bowl sieve all dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients.
    4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on a low to medium speed with an electric mixer until just combined but smooth.
    5. Divide the mixture among the 3 prepared pans and bake for 40 minutes.
    6. Allow cakes to stand for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Remove Glad Bake & Cooking Paper and allow to cool.


    1. To make the filling combine all the ingredients and set aside.


    1. Place all ingredients into your saucepan on a low heat.
    2. Cook and stir mixture for 2 minutes.
    3. Transfer mixture into small bowl and allow to cool in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes or until glaze is spreadable.

    Once cakes are cooled: 

    1. Trim the tops so that all layers are level.
    2. Place one cake on a cake stand and spread a generous amount of mascarpone filling on top. Place the second cake layer on top of the mascarpone filling and spread with another layer of mascarpone filling.
    3. Add the last layer of cake and spread generously with the glaze.
    4. Decorate with fresh berries.

    Imka Webb

    Imka Webb is a freelance digital marketing expert and the digital editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine.  www.imkawebb.com