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National Chocolate Cake Day

Chocolate Cake

Calling all chocoholics, it’s National Chocolate Cake Day!

Not that you need an excuse to eat chocolate, but if you do, then today’s definitely the day. All jokes aside, it has now been proven by Science that chocolate (eaten within reason) is healthy for you. Don’t you just love science?! Quality dark chocolate contains a powerful source of antioxidants as well as beneficial minerals such as zinc, potassium and selenium. Result!

In celebration of this national treat, we have a mouth-watering chocolate cake recipe to share. So, get your whisk and bowl at the ready as it’s time to get creative in the kitchen…

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Ingredients:

Chocolate Sponge Mixture

  • 200g SR Flour
  • 50g Cocoa Powder
  • 250g Sugar
  • 250g Margarine
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Chocolate Frosting

  • 400g Icing Sugar
  • 150g Butter
  • 50 Cocoa Powder
  • 4 tbsp Milk

Extras

  • Strawberry Jam
  • Chocolate Fingers
  • A selection of your favourite chocolates

Method for Mixture:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees / Gas Mark 4
  2. Put the sugar, butter and vanilla extract into a large mixing bowl. Use an electric whisk, on a medium speed to whisk the ingredients together.
  3. Add the eggs into the mixture and whisk until it appears light and creamy.
  4. Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the mixture and fold it in slowly.
  5. Separate the mixture evenly into two greased baking tins.
  6. Bake in the oven for around 20-25 minutes. To check the cakes are cooked, insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and make sure it comes out clean.
  7. Leave the cakes to cool for 10 minutes before transferring them onto a cooling rack (and in the meantime, make the chocolate frosting).

Method for Frosting / Decorating:

  1. Put the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder into a large mixing bowl. Use an electric whisk, starting on a low speed, to whisk the ingredients together.
  2. Slowly add the milk and beat the mixture until it appears smooth and spreadable.
  3. Once the cakes are cool, it’s time to decorate. To fill the cake, spoon a generous portion of the frosting onto the top of one of the halves of the cake. Cover the cake with the frosting (leaving a little room at the edges) and add some strawberry jam on top too.
  4. Place the other half of the cake on top of the other – creating a sandwich. If you prefer a more straightforward cake, simply leave it as it is, and you should have a simple yet stunningly delicious chocolate cake.
  5. However, to decorate the cake (like the picture), use the rest of the frosting to cover the entire cake. Individually add chocolate fingers around the edge of the cake and cover the top with your favourite selection of chocolates. And voila, you will have baked a chocoholics dream!

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