Celebratory Cake.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

After my very exciting news yesterday, I thought it was about time my blog saw a celebratory cake. I was quite appalled to realise I haven't posted a cake recipe on here yet, celebratory or otherwise.
To make up for my cake neglect, I decided to go with an all time favourite that is bound to win everybody over. Chocolate cake. If you don't like chocolate cake, have a slice of this with a cup of tea and you will surely change your mind. If this doesn't work, get some shock therapy or something! As always, this recipe is specially tailored for students (although that doesn't make it one of those special student cakes) and is very affordable. And rather beautiful don't you think...

For my Celebratory Chocolate Cake you will need:

110g self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
110g soft margarine
110g caster sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon cocoa powder

To finish you will need:

4 tablespoons icing sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoons margarine
80g white chocolate (or chocolate buttons, magic stars, whatever takes your fancy to top!)

I realise I've named this "Celebratory Cake", but I do not recommend waiting for a celebration to crop up to be able to bake this. Do it on a Wednesday afternoon when you're feeling peckish. Go oooon!
To begin your baking adventures, preheat the oven to 170C and line two 18cm cake tins with greaseproof paper and grease the sides too.
Then sift in the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Make sure you sift these in from a height to give the flour a good airing. Then add the cocoa powder and the sugar. 

Beat the eggs separately and add to the dry mix along with the margarine. Beat all of the ingredients together, preferably with an electric whisk. But if you got the guns, get out a manual whisk and show off to the kitchen!  

Beat until smooth, but no make sure not to over beat the mixture. 

Divide equally into the cake tins, try and get the mixture even. 

Whack the pair in the centre of your preheated oven and cook for 30 minutes. Whilst baking, cash in on your chef's privilege and lick. The. Bowl. 

Once the cakes are done, remove them from the oven and only leave them for about 30 seconds before you get them out of their tins and on a wire rack to cool. 
As they are cooling, make your filling and top. Beat your icing sugar, cocoa powder and margarine all together until smooth. And there you have your icing!
Then finely grate your chocolate. I used fairly cheap white chocolate as the topping isn't all about the taste, it's more for visual effect and a little something extra. You might find a little left over too, and of course you should eat it immediately.

Spread your icing over the the bottom cake tier and place the second tier on top. Spread the rest of the icing on top of this layer. You're nearly there now bakers, isn't it looking exciting! 

Sprinkle your chocolate over the cake. I've been pretty generous, I think it looks better this way.
And there you have it! I'd recommend to leave it for an hour or so to stand, just for the icing to set a little. If you can't contain yourself, don't worry. Cut a slice and dig in.

If your Mum has a cake stand, as mine does, borrow it and serve to friends. Or if you're like me, have a slice or three on your own. And then share. Grudgingly.

Happy Celebratory (or regular day) Cake Day!
L. xxxxx

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