It’s Friday and that means its cheat day; and what better way to cheat than with a decadent and utterly scrumptious Chocolate cake. This cake doesn’t need much of an introduction – chocolate cake, is chocolate cake. It’s rich, flavoursome, sweet, and literally melts in your mouth, but don’t take my word for it; try it yourself.
Preparation: 30min| Baking: 20min| Ready in: 50min
For the chocolate cake
- 3 large eggs
- 175g self raising flour
- 175g caster sugar
- 175g softened butter
- 1½ level tsp baking powder
- 40g cocoa powder
For the buttercream icing
- 85g butter
- 175g icing sugar
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon milk
Combine the flour and cocoa powder.
Preheat the oven to 170 ?C / Gas 3. Grease and flour two 8 inch round cake tins, or one 3 inch deep, 8 inch round cake tin.
Put all of the margarine and sugar into a large mixing bowl and cream them together with an electric mixer until the mixture is pale, creamy and fluffy.
Crack one egg into the margarine/sugar mixture. It is important that you do not over whisk at this point; use the mixer on its lowest setting until the egg is just mixed in. Repeat this process with the second egg and then the third egg.
Sieve the flour-cocoa mixture into the mixing bowl, gradually. Give the mixture a quick stir with a wooden spoon; then turn the mixer on and mix everything together very well.
Divide the mixture evenly between the two tins. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes. To make sure the cake is cooked completely, insert a knife or tooth pick through the centre of the cake, if they come back clean then the cake is done. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool on a cooling rack.
Whilst the cake cools, make your buttercream icing; mix the butter and icing sugar well until smooth. Add in cocoa powder and milk and mix again until smooth; once the cake is cool, spread over your light and sweet buttercream icing; and decorate with chocolate sprinkles if you’d like.
Chocolate cake always goes down well with a hot brew, but if you want something other than tea and are feeling extra adventurous, then enjoy it with a hot mug of cocoa – every chocoholics dream.
Kanta Temba is a cake maker and decorator. She is also the owner and founder of Kanta Kakes – cake shop.
You can find her work on www.kantakakes.com. Follow her on twitter @KantaKakes and Instagram @KantaTemba.