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Chocolate Birthday Cake

Yields1 ServingPrep Time20 minsCook Time25 minsTotal Time45 mins

Baking your own cakes is far more fun and much cheaper than buying a ready made cake, as well as being way more satisfying.

chocolate birthday cake

For the sponge
 1oz / 25g cocoa powder
 4oz / 125g self-raising flour
 5oz / 150g golden caster sugar
 5oz / 150g unsalted butter (room temperature and cut into small chunks)
 1 tsp baking powder
 1 tsp vanilla essence
 2 tbsp cold water
 3 eggs
 
For the icing
 5oz / 150g plain milk cooking chocolate
 145ml double cream
1

Pre heat the oven to 170c/325f

2

Add all the sponge ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix well. Don't worry if there are a few small lumps of butter, they melt in the oven and don't seem to cause a problem. You could do this in one of those electric mixers if you have one, we don't so elbow grease is the order of the day...

3

Grease and line with baking parchment two cake tins and divide the mixture equally between them. Tip - tap the tins on the table or work surface to make sure it spreads to the sides and is smooth on top

4

Place in the pre-heated oven for about 25 minutes. You can tell it's cooked by lightly touching the centre which should bounce back

5

Once cooked, remove from the oven, take the cake out of the tin and place on a wire rack to cool

6

To make the icing, break the chocolate into small pieces and place in smallish bowl with the cream. Place this bowl over a pan of boiling water and melt until it is thick

7

Then the two cake halves are cool, place one on a plate and cover the top with half of the icing. Place the second cake on top of the first and cover that with the rest of the icing. This can get messy, but don't worry!

8

We decorated it using Cadbury Flakes to make what was apparently a hedgehog! You can use whatever you fancy - writing icing, Smarties - the sky is the limit!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 10-20 slices