Baking · Cakes

Caoimhe the Diva turns 8!

Caoimhe is turning 8, where the years go I do not know.
We call her our diva, because she is exactly that, a diva, and very proud of it!!

Her cake request this year was simple, Chocolate Fudge Cake, and so for this recipe, I turned to Donal Skehan & his Naughty Chocolate Fudge Cake.


175g self raising flour
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
150g caster sugar
2 eggs beaten
150 ml (1/4 pint) sunflower oil
150 ml (1/4 pint) semi skimmed milk
2 Tbsp golden syrup

For the filling & coating
75g Unsalted butter
175g icing sugar
3 tablespoon cocoa powder
A drop of milk

* I’m not a big fan of cocoa powder in butter icing so instead I used 100g Milk Chocolate, melted.


Pre-heat oven to 180ºC/350F/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line two 18cm (7 inch) sandwich tins.

Sieve the flour, cocoa and Bicarbonate of Soda into a bowl. Add the sugar and mix well.

Make a well in the centre and add the syrup, eggs, oil and milk. Beat well with electric whisk until smooth.

Spoon the mixture into the two tins and bake for 25 – 30 minutes until risen and firm to the touch. Remove from oven, leave to cool before turning out onto a cooling rack.

To make your butter icing, place the butter in a bowl and beat until soft. Gradually sift and beat in the icing sugar and cocoa powder then add enough milk to make the icing fluffy and spreadable.

If the cake has risen a little to high then use a serrated knife to even off the top, now sandwich the two cakes together with the butter icing and cover the sides and the top of the cake with more butter icing

Caoimhe was thrilled with her cake, it was absolutely delicious, so light & chocolaty, and very, very moreish! It is a cake that I know will be requested in this house time and time again, & I would highly recommend it for any occasion.





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