In my spare time I often enjoy baking, however I very rarely do it! I love to eat cakes so I tend to simply make a basic sponge cake if I actually decide to bake one. This way I know I can't really go wrong because the recipe I use is pretty perfect! As you can probably tell by the title, I actually decided to spice things up a little by making a chocolate cake! Ok, so maybe not exactly spiced up. The plan was to make chocolate sandwich cake with chocolate butter cream in the middle. The plan didn't quite succeed. On the other hand, I did manage to make a bloomin' beautiful chocolate cake so I thought I'd share with you how I did it!
Firstly, you're going to need the ingredients, so here they are! Obviously you're better off measuring everything out first so it's all done later! Oh, and don't forget to CLEAN AS YOU GO! It always makes things so much easier (I'd suggest cleaning everything that you can whilst the cake is in the oven, after you've made the butter cream).
6oz/175g margarine (suitable for baking)
6oz/175g caster sugar
3 large eggs (beaten)
5oz/150g self raising flour
1oz/25g cocoa powder
1 tbs warm water (optional)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
4oz/100g softened butter (using the same margarine as above works as well)
4oz/100g icing sugar
bar of chocolate (I used milk chocolate but you can use any)
other alternatives (optional)
1. Pre-heat oven at Gas mark 4/180C/350F.
2. Mix together the margarine and caster sugar (can use an electric mixer) in a large bowl.
3. Add in the eggs (already beaten) a little bit at a time.
4. Sift the flour and cocoa powder in to the bowl. If the mixture feels heavy then add in the warm water.
I actually did parts 3 and 4 at the same time. I added a bit of the eggs then sifted a bit of flour and mixed them together, then repeated this until everything is in the bowl.
6. Place the tin in the middle of the oven for around 25 minutes (this may be different in your oven son keep checking it after 20 minutes - you can tell it's ready when then cake is slightly pulling away from the edges of the tin).
7. Time to make the butter cream by mixing together the sifted icing sugar and cocoa powder with the butter or margarine. Beat it together until it's smooth. If it feels heavy, add a drop of milk and keep beating.
When the cake is ready
1. Take the cake out of the oven and place on to wire rack to cool down (make sure it is the right way up or else you will get grid marks on the top).
2. Spread the butter cream on top until the cake is covered. Cover the top and the edges. It doesn't matter if you make a mess because you can clean it up afterwards and it will be worth it!
3. Use a grater to grate the bar of chocolate on top. I used Dairy Milk and it worked a charm! Put as much on as you like. Also, add any extras like sprinkles or maybe strawberries on top!
There you go! A wonderfully beautiful triple chocolate cake. You can change the ingredients however you like. Maybe you want to use healthier versions or maybe add extras. You could make it a quadruple chocolate cake by adding chocolate chips to the mixture. Here is my picture below of how mine turned out!
The presentation isn't brilliant but who cares, it was still delicious. I had some whilst watching Captain America: The First Avenger last night in bed with some ice cream. Of course, it wasn't exactly what I had planned to make but it was most definitely a happy accident!
How about you try making your own! If you do, feel free to send me your pictures on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram! Or find my by typing in my name: Kira L Curtis and you're bound to find me! Use the hashtag #KCCakes on twitter and instagram!
I have enjoyed doing this kind of post. It had been different and fun, and don't forget YUMMY! I look forward to doing more recipes soon so look out for them!
Thanks for reading!
- KC xx