My good friend Sharon adores dark chocolate so for her birthday I decided to treat her to a chocolate overdose. However knowing that she only likes to eat a bit at a time I figured that the best bet would be to make something which could possibly be deconstructed and saved for whenever the chocolate bug hit.
To begin this chocolate box cake I headed out to buy some chocolates in order to make and fill the box. I opted to go with a mixed box of Ferraro Roche for the contents. I then bought four bars of good quality dark chocolate. I wanted them to be kind of thin and smooth like box sides rather than having chunky pieces so I used the Lindt ones. I also bought a reel of ribbon for decoration.
With everything assembled I first made a chocolate fudge cake in an 8inch square pan. You can probably buy a 7inch square pan but alas I don’t have one. Once cool therefore I trimmed it slightly as complete with icing the cake needs to be 7 1/2 inches long so that the chocolate bar sides fit squarely without gaps.
For the icing I made a chocolate ganache by melting some Ghiradelli’s chocolate pieces with a little heavy cream. Once this was cooled it was easy to use a spatula to smooth it all over the cake. I then pressed the chocolate bars on to the sides and tied a ribbon around both for decorative purposes and also to ensure that the bars couldn’t possibly fall off at an inopportune moment.
Finally I laid out the chocolates on top and voila. My friend was thrilled. Best of all she got to enjoy the chocolate from her cake for a couple of weeks.