Need to make a chocolate cake for a birthday party or special occasion? Well then this is the recipe for you. Even if you are not great at making cakes you will have no problem with this recipe. It is so easy and the result so delicious you will be using this recipe time and time again!
Decorate in different ways for different occasions!
Serves 16 (so bill says!!!)
250g unsalted butter, softened
250 ml milk
310g plain flour
5 tps baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsps cocoa powder
300g Icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
4 tbsps cocoa
2 tbsps softened unsalted butter
Preheat the oven to 180*c (350*F/Gas 4). Grease and line a 20 x 30cm (8×12 inch) cake tin.
Beat the butter, sugar, eggs, milk, flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla with electric beaters for about 8-10 mins until the mixture is pale and well combined.
Pour into tin and bake for 40-45 mins or until a skewer poked in the middle comes out clean.
Leave to cool in the tin for 10-15 mins before transferring to a wire rack.
Ice with chocolate icing only when completely cool!
For the icing:
Sift together the icing sugar and cocoa. Add the butter and 3-4 tbsps of warm water and beat until smooth and fluffy, adding more water if necessary.
Decorating is up to you! You can leave it as it is or add sweets such as smarties or M&Ms for a kids party. Maybe try a cake topper – they are edible images printed on a thin sheet of icing. All totally edible, printed with edible ink too. You can choose any image or a favourite photo or film star! Whatever you want. If you are in Spain try www.theicingonthecakespain.com
Use the premade rolling icing and colour it yourself. Girlie pink always goes down well at a little girls party! Just omit the chocolate icing on the top and smear with apricot jam. Lift icing over your cake with the aid of a rolling pin. Smooth down and pop your cake topper on top. Looks amazing!
For the boys avoid the pink and go for blue or green! Add their favourite cartoon character and ice around the edges with coloured buttercream icing.
Whichever you choose, just make sure your get in there quick as this cake does not stay around for long! Yummy!