This weekend was my sister’s birthday, so of course, I volunteered to make the birthday cake. I decided on a chocolate cake because who doesn’t like chocolate, right!? I didn’t think we’d manage to get through the whole cake since it turned out HUGE but funnily enough it only lasted two days before it was completely all gone! The cake was light and moist, the chocolate icing was just right and the chocolate buttons, I think, just made the cake fun! Most definitely a cake I will be making again!
– 225g/8oz plain flour
– 350g/12½oz caster sugar
– 85g/3oz cocoa powder
– 1½ tsp baking powder
– 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
– 2 eggs
– 250ml/9fl oz milk
– 125ml/4½fl oz vegetable oil
– 2 tsp vanilla extract
– 250ml/9fl oz boiling water
– 200g/7oz plain chocolate
– 200ml/7fl oz double cream
– chocolate buttons (optional!)
1. Firstly preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and line two 20cm/8in sandwich tins.
2. Starting with the dry ingredients, sift the flour into a bowl, adding the caster sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda and mix together.
3. Beat the eggs and add these to the dry ingredients. Then add the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and mix.
4. Gradually add in the boiling water a little at a time. Mix or whisk the ingredients together until a smooth batter forms. (The mixture is very runny and liquid like – but don’t panic, just keep mixing!)
5. Divide the batter equally between your two sandwich tins and bake in the centre of the oven for 25 to 35 minutes. To check if the cake is ready, press the sponge with your finger, if the cake springs back up, then its ready! Alternatively, insert a skewer or fork into the centre of the cake, if it comes out clean, the cake is done.
6. Allow the cakes to cool in their tins, then transfer them to a wire rack.
7. For the chocolate icing, break the chocolate into a saucepan, adding the cream in also, and melt over a low heat. Once melted, remove from the heat and whisk until a smooth, thickened icing forms. Leave to cool for 1 to 2 hours or until it is thick enough to spread over the cakes.
8. Spread a little of the icing over the top of one of the cakes, carefully placing the other cake on top to make chocolate sponge sandwich.
9. Spread the rest of the chocolate icing all over the cake, preferably using a palette knife.
10. Add chocolate buttons and candles (both optional!)
Recipe from BBC Food http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/easy_chocolate_cake_31070
(Here you can also find a step-by-step video of how to make this cake)
– Charlotte x