Chocolate Cake Day

Today is Chocolate Cake, and what better way to celebrate than indulging in a piece of delicious chocolate cake. Or if you want to really go all out, bake your own. This is a recipe that I have been using for years. It is a family favourite and its quick and easy, for any baker.

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. milk

For the buttercream:

  • 100g milk chocolate, chopped
  • 200g butter
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 5 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. milk

Method

  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Butter the base and sides of two 20cm round sandwich tins, then line the bases with baking parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, beat all the cake ingredients and a pinch of salt together until pale. Divide the mixture between the prepared tins. Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. For the buttercream, put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and melt in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Leave the melted chocolate to cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Mash the butter and icing sugar together with a fork, then switch to a wooden spoon or electric beaters, if you have them. Sift in the cocoa with a pinch of salt and pour in the melted chocolate and milk. Mix again until smooth.
  5. On a cake stand or large plate, sandwich the cakes together with half of the buttercream, then spread the rest on top. Decorate with chocolate shards, if you like.

Chocolate Cake Day

Happy Chocolate Cake Day!!! Let me know how you celebrated.

 

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