Chocolate and Berries Cake

 

A chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream, panelled with Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Chocolate and topped with fresh berries.  This was my first time using chocolate in this way.  I had to temper the chocolate to help keep its finish and texture after melting it to shape it for the panels.  This was tricky as I discovered my sugar thermometer doesn’t go low enough!  I guessed a little but I’m not sure how it affected the finished chocolate.  Foolishly, although I knew not to put warm chocolate in the fridge to set (or else it develops a white “bloom”) I didn’t think and put the panelled cake in the fridge to set up a bit before adding the berries.  Hence the white marks on the chocolate.  I’ll know better for next time!

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