How to make it

  • Line & grease a 8" spring form tin.
  • Sift the cornflour + flour + cocoa + baking powder + salt 3 times. Keep aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  • Beat the eggs & sugar well till it holds thick ribbons; about 10 minutes.
  • Beat in the vanilla essence.
  • Gently fold in the flour mix, a tbsp at a time, in figure 8 hand movements so that the beaten air doesn't escape.
  • Turn into the prepared tin & bake for 25-30 minutes/ until done.
  • Remove from tin after 5 minutes, take off the lining & cool completely on rack.
  • Filling:
  • Whip cream, essence & sugar till it holds peaks.
  • Reserve 1-2 tbsp cream in a baggie for the spiral/ web on top.
  • Fold in the strawberries.
  • Don't make this too much in advance, since strawberries macerate with sugar, & might make the cream runny.
  • Ganache:
  • Put the chocolate & cream in a pan. Keep on low heat, stirring constantly, till the chocolate melts. Remove & stir vigorously with a spoon.
  • If you want to pipe decorations on top, pass about 1/4 cup through a sieve & reserve separately. I've found that unless you sieve the ganache, its not easy to pipe it through an icing set. Its fine for spreading though.
  • Set aside to cool. It will thicken as it cools & get a spreadable consistency.
  • Finishing off:
  • Cut each sponge into 2, so there are a total of 4 layers.
  • Sandwich them with the strawberry cream, using 1/3 each time.
  • Spread the ganache over the top & sides of cake. Use sprinkles on the sides if desired.
  • For the marbling, see pictures. Draw a spiral, with the cream in the baggie reserved from the filling, beginning from the centre outwards
  • Then drag a wooden pick from the centre outwards, at a 60 degree angle, to equal points on the edge.
  • Do the same in the opposite direction (ie outwards to the centre) between the earlier lines. This will create a webbed pattern.
  • Pipe a ganache edging if you like. Then finish off with sliced strawberries & flaked chocolate etc. Chill till required.
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  • vainwi 7 years ago
    Did you cook at 180C or 180F? 180C = about 350F, sounds about right. Sorry you had trouble, try it again?

    Note for those needing farenheit/cups/tsp vs celcius/gm/ml.. there are lots of really easy to use calculators online to help you with conversions. There's a pretty comprehensive one here:
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    SFbaker ate it and said...
    Tried this and the sponge turned out to be a disaster baking at 180 degrees, it stayed wet even after 1 hr and a half of baking. The amount in grams minus tablespoons was annoying, and the amount of flour at 75grams is questionable. What a waste!
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  • ttaaccoo 8 years ago
    Hi Vindee! I hope you won the Death by Chocolate contest! Gorgeous eye candy, and the flavors, mouth feel, texture, etc. over-the-top!555555555555555555555555555555555
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  • december7112 9 years ago
    Can you please send me the recipe in ounces and cups I am not too good with conversations.

    My email is
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    mumtazcatering ate it and said...
    hi Vindee i agree with Berry a"5" is not enough i am definitely going to make this for our next family get together
    warmest regards
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  • vindee 10 years ago
    Hey Berry...thanks a TON!!! You made my day!!
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    berry ate it and said...
    Great! good pictures and wonderful recipe.... 5 is not enough! Thanks for share it.
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