Cakes

Chocolate Cake

My smallest girl is turning 5 this week and wanted a birthday cake to bring to playschool to share with her friends. We are very lucky that her playschool is so accommodating and always on board with these little things and it’s a great way to include all of the children in celebrations.

With that in mind, I decided to make a simple chocolate cake. It was a recipe I had copied from my mothers’ recipe notebook into my own. Of course missing from the original was the method and length of time to bake it and every time I have baked this cake I’ve made a mental note to jot down how long it has taken……this time I acted on that mental note! (I have made this cake numerous times over the years it was nearly time to write down one of the most important aspects of the recipe!) I actually thought I had blogged this recipe before now but upon checking I realised I hadn’t which is quite strange, but, it’s never too late to share a good chocolate cake recipe.

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Ingredients

225g Butter IMG_3195
225g Caster Sugar
4 Eggs
200g Plain Flour
50g Cocoa Powder
1.5tsp Baking Powder
.5tsp  Bread Soda
1 Tbs Milk

  • Preheat the oven to 160C fan & grease and line two 8″ sandwich pans
  • Place the butter and sugar together in the mixer bowl and beat together until fluffy and almost white in colour.
  • Whilst the sugar and butter are doing their thing, sieve together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and bread soda into a separate bowl.
  • Add the eggs one at a time to the butter mixture, beating slowly until they are fully incorporated. Don’t panic if your mixture curdles a little, just add a spoonful of the flour.
  • Once all the eggs are in, add the flour a spoon at a time, beating after each addition; don’t add too much at once, you don’t want a flour storm in your kitchen!!
  • Finally, beat in the tablespoon of milk.
  • Divide the mixture between the two tins and bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Cool for a couple of minutes in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

If I was making this for me I would fill it with chocolate ganache, put more ganache on top followed by some raspberries, strawberries or both!

This, of course, wasn’t for me, it was for my small girl and her friends.I made up a batch of chocolate buttercream (200g icing sugar, 100g butter, 100g melted & cooled chocolate, a splash of milk) and that was enough to fill and cover the cake. Now I have spoken before about decorating cakes, it’s not my forte, so I got my small girl & a tub of sprinkles and sure she was only delighted with the results. She said it was a very pretty cake.

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I’d love to have a picture of the inside of the cake to show you but as it’s off to playschool I don’t. That does just mean I will have to make it again…soon!

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