The most chocolate cake with praline flavor, which will add extra points if you bake a heart-shaped cake!

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For the sponge cake:
  • 340 gr flour for all uses
  • 450 gr granulated sugar
  • 80 gr cocoa, + extra for the pan
  • 1 tablespoon soda
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 360 gr buttermilk
  • 120 gr sunflower oil
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 240 gr boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Margarine with butter, at room temperature, for the pan
For the praline cream:
  • 250 gr margarine with butter, at room temperature
  • 250 gr caster sugar
  • 125 gr cocoa
  • 400 gr praline
  • 1 teaspoon liquid vanilla
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 150-200 gr cream 35%


For the sponge cake:
  • Preheat the oven to 180 ° C in the air.
  • Butter and sprinkle with cocoa 3 round cake molds of 20 cm diameter.
  • In a bowl, sift the flour, cocoa, soda and baking powder.
  • Add the sugar and salt and mix with a spoon.
  • Whisk together the buttermilk, sunflower oil and eggs until homogeneous.
  • Lower the speed and add solids  in portions.
  • Dissolve the coffee in the boiling water, add the vanilla extract and pour the mixture into the remaining ingredients. Stir until they become fairly slurry.
  • Divide it in the molds and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • Let the sponge cake cool on a grill for 10 minutes, remove them and leave them on the grill to cool completely.
For the praline cream:
  • In the mixer bin put the margarine with butter with the caster sugar and cocoa at low speed. Add the salt and vanilla and stir.
  • Add the praline, strengthen the mixer and beat for 2 '
  • Add the cream from 150 to 200 gr. (depending on how thin or tight we want it to) and keep whisking for 1' until the cream is smooth and fluffy.
  • With a spatula spread 1/4 of the cream on the first sponge.
  • Cover with the second one and spread the other 1/4 of the cream.
  • Then top with the 3rd sponge cake and cover the cake with the rest of the praline cream.
Tip: For the decoration I used whipped cream and a wooden decorative "love"!

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