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Celebrate with this scrumptious chocolate cake! 

March 13, 2015


Sunday is Mother’s Day in the UK. What better way to show the special mother in your life you love them, than by baking a beautifully yummy cake. Or just make one yourself for the whole family to enjoy. Any excuse to celebrate in our household!

This Jamie Oliver cake recipe makes my all time favourite chocolate cake. Ive changed bits of it to suit my tastesbut it bakes perfectly every time. Not only is it moist and totally delicious, its great as a celebration cake because its big enough to decorate to your hearts desire and looks stunning. Bake it, add the sticky gooey topping and then get the kids to help you decorate it. 

My favourite decorations are colourful edible balls, honeycomb pieces and the pretty little pink and white sugar stars from Waitrose.

Here is the recipe. As its a special occasion we are not using any substitutions; butter, sugar and chocolate! Everything in moderation won’t do us any harm.

Ingredients-

– 3 tablespoons cocoa powder (Bournville Cocoa Powder is my favourite)

– 200gr caster sugar
– 200gr butter

– 3 large eggs

– 200gr self  raising flour

– 1 teaspoon baking powder

– 1 handful of flaked almonds

– 1 large handful of strawberries

Method-

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade.

Line the bases of 2 x 20cm cake tins with greased greaseproof paper.  Mix the cocoa powder with 4 tablespoons of boiling water until smooth.  In a separate bowl, beat the sugar and butter until fluffy, add the cocoa mixture, eggs, flour and baking powder.  Mix well, fold in the nuts.  Divide the mixture between the tins.  Bake for about 25 minutes.  When cooked, allow to cool then remove from the tins.

Chocolate Topping –

– 100gr butter

– 100gr cooking chocolate ( Green & Blacks)

– 200gr icing sugar

– 3 tablespoons milk


Melt the chocolate topping ingredients – the chocolate and butter – in a bowl over some slightly simmering water.  Stir in the icing sugar and milk until blended well and allow to cool.  

To assemble the cake, remove the greaseproof paper from both cakes. Spread half of the chocolate topping one of the sponges, then sprinkle the fruit on top.  Sandwich the second sponge on top and press down.  Run a knife around the edge of the cake to smooth it off and drizzle over the chocolate topping.


Now add any decorations you want to! I also love the Champagne bottle candles from Waitrose!

Celebrate & enjoy! xxx

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