Time again when I start planing my daughter’s birthday party. This year’s requested flavour was chocolate with chocolate frosting! With a My Little Pony theme!! This was after she changed her mind about twice.
The chocolate cake bit was easy, as I had made this cake from Marry Berry’s 100 Cakes and Bakes before, and it is my all time favourite cake.
It is the simplest, easiest and tastiest chocolate cake ever!!
I made a two tier cake, the bottom one had three layers. For this I repeated the recipe three times in three 9inch tins. For the top tier I used two 7inch tins for this I just divided the cake mixture into the tins.
- 2 oz (50g) cocoa
- 6 tablespoons boiling water
- 3 eggs
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 6 oz (175g) self raising flour
- 1 rounded teaspoon baking powder
- 4oz (100g) baking spread especially for cakes or soft butter
- 10 oz (300g) caster sugar
ICING AND FILLING
- 5oz (150g) Bournville chocolate broken into small pieces
- 5 floz (150ml) pouring double cream
- 3 tablespoons apricot jam
- 1 small bar white chocolate (optional)
- Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC/160fan/Gas 4
- Grease 2 x 20cm (8”) push sandwich tins.
- First measure the cocoa and boiling water into a large bowl, and mix well to make a paste. Add the remaining ingredients and beat again until combined. Divide the cake mixture between the prepared tins. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes until well risen and shrinking away from the sides of the tin. Cool for ten minutes. To turn out loosen the sides of the tin with a palette knife if needs be, then stand the tin on a mug or baked bean tin, hold the sides firmly and press down to release.
- For the icing and filling, pour the double cream into a saucepan and place over a medium heat until just simmering, remove from the heat, then add the chocolate and stir well until the chocolate is melted and the mixture smooth. Set aside and allow to become cold and almost set.
- Spread the tops of each cake with apricot jam. Sandwich the cakes with half the icing and spread the remainder on top. Take a small palette knife and draw large “S” shapes to give a swirl effect. Shave the white chocolate into curls with a potato peeler and arrange over the top of the cake if liked to decorate.
This cake is amazing with or without the icing. I didn’t use the above mentioned icing, instead I used a Chocolate buttercream icing. Ill share that in the next post. To keep this moist for over a week place it in a air tight container if keep in cool dry place.