Monday, 23 December 2013

Day 8: Chocolate Birthday Cake

Christmas has begun. Or at least, family are here and the festivities are nearly beginning... It was my aunt's birthday on Saturday, and so I thought I'd do something tried-and-tested in order to celebrate. This cake was decorated with my cousin (deffo a baking prodigy, check out this cake!), and I have to say I'm pretty chuffed with it.

Chocolate cake is one of my favourite things to make, mainly because it requires bucket loads of chocolate to decorate it - always a bonus to have some maltesers left over... It's a really easy thing to make, as it doesn't take much time to whip up some cake mixture and the decorating is easily the best part of any day. Having a young assistant was also great - she had some refreshing new ideas to bring to the table, now that I'm legally an adult I need youthful people around me to keep me young!

Sadly, I forgot to measure out the icing mix as it was too much fuss (this part is actually really sad because the icing is better than I normally make it).

  • 8oz butter
  • 8oz caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 6.5oz self-raising flour
  • 1.5oz cocoa powder
  1. Preheat the oven to 180oC and line two 8" round cake tins.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light & fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Sieve the flour and cocoa powder into the bowl, and gently fold in. 
  5. Divide the mix between the two cake tins.
  6. Bake for 18-20 mins/until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.
For the icing I use:
  • Icing sugar
  • Cocoa powder
  • Butter
  • Milk
For decorations I used:
  • M&Ms
  • White & milk chocolate maltesers
  • White & milk chocolate buttons
  • Milky Way Stars
  • Edible glitter
  • Edible snowflake sprinkles