This is a popular cake in our house, its so easy to make and who doesnt like chocolate cake?
For the yummy spongey cake bit
125 g dark chocolate
3 tbsp milk
150 g butter, at room temperature
150 g caster sugar
200 g plain flour
1 tbsp cocoa powder (i use cadburys drinking choc)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
cocoa powder or icing sugar, for dusting (optional)
For the chocolate butter icing bit
75 g butter, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
175 g icing sugar
1 tbsp cocoa powder
This is how we do it (this is how we do it)
Preheat the oven to 180 (160 if fan oven)/gas 4. Butter and flour the sides of two 20cm sandwich tins
Place the chocolate and the milk in a bowl sitting over a saucepan of simmering water and heat until the chocolate has melted. or if your tight for time put in the microwave and heat for 10 secs and stir until it has all melted. Be careful not to heat too much, it can easily burn. Set aside to cool for a bit.
Beat the butter until very soft then add the caster sugar and continue to beat until the mixture is pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then fold in the melted chocolate.
Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and the bicarbonate of soda, and fold in gently to mix. Again use figures of 8 when you stir, if you over mix sponge it doesn’t come out fluffy and everyone will hate you*
Divide the mixture between the two tins and bake in the oven for 25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle of each cake comes out clean. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to sit for five minutes before turning them out of their tins to cool.
For the chocolate butter icing: beat the butter and the vanilla extract until very soft. Then gradually sift in the icing sugar and the cocoa powder, beating all the time, until it is all added. Continue to beat until very soft, then whisk the mixture until it is light and fluffy.
Now the fun bit, sandwich the two layers together. Again I use jam in the middle but I think its just habit, I’m afraid to stop now. Decorate how you wish but I’d recommend strawberries….
Enjoy, Nikki xxx