I baked this cake to mark my daughters six month 'birthday' last month. I was up against the clock with work in the B&B, and had told my family to drop by for cake, so I adapted my Quick Blueberry & Apple Cake (http://serenasmediumrare.blogspot.ie/2013/04/quick-apple-blueberry-almond-cake.html) recipe to made a super fast and easy chocolate 'birthday' cake. My little cheat in the process came in the form of pre-made butter cream frosting courtesy of Better Crocker - a lifesaver in last minute baking dilemmas. The frosting tasted great also which was a surprise. I would use it again in a bind hands down!
This recipe is for your basic chocolate sponge, and in fact I use the same ingredients and quantities for my breakfast muffins for the B&B. How you wish to decorate the cake is totally up to you. I took the lazy approach with Dr Oetker edible gold glitter spray, Betty Crocker buttercream frosting, and Milky Way Chocolate stars. If anything else, its great practice for the actual '1st Birthday' cake. If you want to be super indulgent, double the recipe, bake 2 sponges and sandwich them together with chocolate buttercream frosting..........now that's a cake I'll be baking in the future...
Anyway, here's how I made the chocolate cake. It's seriously simple and yet impressive to look at, people would think you had been slaving for hours.
- 200g self raising flour
- 25g of cocoa powder
- 100g of chocolate chips
- 165g of caster sugar
- 125ml of milk
- 125g butter, melted
- 2 large eggs
- 1 12oz carton of Better Crocker buttercream frosting
- 10 mini bags of milky way gold stars
- 1 can of gold food glitter spray
- Preheat oven to 160 degrees and line a spring form tin
- In a food mixer, add all the dry cake ingredients first and stir to combine
- Add the eggs, butter, milk and vanilla extract to a jug and whisk to combine.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined (do not over whisk)
- Scrape it into the cake tin and level it out evenly.
- Bake in the centre of the oven for 45 minutes.
- Check that the cake is fully baked with a skewer before removing from the oven (Insert skewer to centre of cake if it comes out clean it's done, if not bake for a further 5 mins and try again)
- Leave to cool on a wire rack before decorating.
- Using a spatula, spread the buttercream out evenly over the cake.
- Dot the chocolate stars in a uniform fashion all over the cake.
- Spray the whole cake lightly with the gold spray. (optional of course, but in for a shilling, in for a pound)