Monday, 31 December 2012

New year party chocolate cake

Obviously minus the birthday decorations^
 

DIFFICULTY RATING: 5/10

TIME TAKEN: 80mins

This is a cake my mother made for a family gathering a few weeks ago, it was very, very tasty and really quite simple to make! I know Christmas is the time for indulgence and what better way to welcome the New Year than with this rich and delicious cake. Everyone will love it and if you stick a couple of indoor sparklers in the top you need not worry about who will blow out the candles.
 

INGREDIENTS:

·         225g plain flour
·         350g caster sugar
·         85g cocoa powder
·         1½ tsp baking powder
·         1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
·         2 eggs
·         250ml milk
·         125ml vegetable oil
·         2 tsp vanilla extract
·         200ml boiling water
 

FOR THE CHOCOLATE ICING:

·         200g plain chocolate
·         200ml double cream
 
 

METHOD:

1.       Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4, and grease and line two 20cm/8in sandwich tins.
2.       For the cake, place all of the cake ingredients, except the boiling water, into a large mixing bowl. Using an electric whisk, beat the mixture until smooth and well combined.
3.       Add the boiling water to the mixture, a little at a time, until smooth. (The cake mixture will now be very liquid-y and runny.)
4.       Divide the cake batter between the sandwich tins and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
5.       Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool completely, still in their tins, before icing.
6.       For the chocolate icing, heat the chocolate and cream in a saucepan over a low heat until the chocolate melts. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk the mixture until smooth, glossy and thickened. Set aside to cool for 1-2 hours, or until thick enough to spread over the cake.
7.       To assemble the cake, run a round-bladed knife around the inside of the cake tins to loosen the cakes. Carefully remove the cakes from the tins.
8.       Spread a little chocolate icing over the top of one of the chocolate cakes, then carefully top with the other cake.
9.       Transfer the cake to a serving plate and ice the cake all over with the chocolate icing, using a palette knife.
ALTERNATIVELY: you can just melt Chocolate and pour it all over the cake, or use Chocolate butter icing instead!

PS. Credit for the cake and recipe goes to my wonderful mother who went a bit OTT on the decorations front.

1 comment:

Kate Lees said...

This looks amazing x

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