With Valentines just around the corner, we thought you might like a gift you can make at home – the homemade presents created with love are always the best? You can also get the kids involved in this one!
And, who can resist a Chocolate Cake? Try our recipe below, best of all, you do not need to be a whizz in the kitchen to create this scrummy chocolate cake which has become a firm favourite in our house.
For the cake you will need:
4 Medium Eggs, beaten
200g Self-raising Flour, sieved
225g Unsalted Butter, room temperature
225g Caster Sugar
½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
25g Cocoa Powder
2 tablespoons Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
For the icing you will need:
450g Icing Sugar
25g Cocoa Powder
50g Unsalted Butter, room temperature
Any additional decoration you choose.
Electric mixer or wooden spoon
2 x 22cm/23cm Cake Tins
Grease proof paper
Piping bag and nozzles for decorating if you are feeling creative.
Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) gas mark 6. Grease and line a 2 cake tins.. Alternatively, grease with margarine, then lightly dust with cocoa powder, tap off excess – we find this actually works better than lining the tray.
Place all of cake ingredients into mixing bowl and mix until combined with electric mixer. Divide mixture between two cake tins (why not try these) and smooth over with a spatula. Pop in to the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes – or until a skewer placed into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tins for 10 minutes before then gently removing and allowing to cool completely on wire rack. It really is as simple as that!
To make the Icing
Beat all of the icing ingredients together until smooth and combined. Spread a layer of butter cream icing on one of the cakes to sandwich them together. Cover the rest of the cake with icing, smoothing with a spatula. Then it is up to you if you wish to decorate further. We often choose the recipients favourite chocolates and decorate with those.
To make it even more special for Valentines, why not try our Extendable Heart Cake Mould. Perfect for making cakes from 12cm to 26cm! Just slide to adjust the size, place on a baking tray and create your masterpiece! (this mixture should make 2 large heart cakes).
This cake is easily adapted to any occasion. Try chocolate glacé icing as an alternative to buttercream. We have used it for Birthdays, Easter, Valentines, it is so simple and the kids love to help. The same mixture can be used for lovely cupcakes too.