Triple Chocolate Sponge Cake18:41:00
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.
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