As there are a lot of family and friends birthdays in January, all I seem to have done lately is bake chocolate birthday cakes (not that I need an excuse!) and as the finished cakes are really yummy, I thought i'd share the photo's and recipe with you all so you can make your loved ones a lovely scrummy cake (or keep it for yourself, as after all, to quote Ms Cole, we're worth it!) and this cake is most definately worth the effort :)
okay, the recipe is from The Be-Ro Home Recipes 40th Edition book
This is what you will need:
200g Self Raising flour
225g caster sugar
1/2 tsp salt
25g cocoa powder (sieved)
75ml (or 5tbsp) evaporated milk
75ml (or 5tbsp) water
few drops orange essence
butter cream filling:
200g sieved icing sugar
orange essence as required.
milk chocolate icing:
1 tbsp cocoa powder
250g icing sugar sieved
3 tbsp hot milk
1tsp vanilla/orange essence
Although the recipe seems to have a lot of ingredients, they are mainly the same ingredients used over and over.
1. Heat oven to 180 electric/fan oven, or gas mark 4. Grease 2 x 8n inch tins (not loose bottomed, as the mixture will run out)
2. Measure out and mix together the flour, salt,sugar, and cocoa in a large bowl
3. Add margerine, and rub in until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs
4. Beat eggs and evaporated milk and stir the egg mixture, orange essence and liquids into the dry mixture. Beat well.
5. Place mixture evenly into the two prepared tins (dont worry if the mixture looks too runny, its supposed to look like this, and helps to make the cake lovely and moist) and bake for about 30-35 minutes, until a cocktail stick inserted comes out clean. While the cakes are cooling, make up the butter cream filling.
butter cream filling:
1. Cream the margerine/butter, gradually adding the icing sugar, and cream both together, so it looks thick and creamy.
2. Add the flavoring and/or colouring. use this mixture to spead on to one of the cakes, then sandwich them both together. Then make the milk chocolate icing to cover.
Milk Chocolate Icing:
1. Melt the margerine, blending in the cocoa, then stir in the icing sugar, milk, and orange essence.
2. Beat untils mooth and thick, then spread evenly over the cake. set aside to 'set'.
3. time to decorate and eat the scrummy cake!
Let me know your thoughts if you make this cake! What is your favorite cake?