Hello again everyone! I was delighted when LilliWhiteRose asked me to guest post on her wonderful blog again. This time my post is about baking so I hope you will enjoy reading it and perhaps try out the recipe for yourself.
|Disney Friends presenting the wonderful Chocolate Cake|
Baking is something I enjoy very much and our boys love getting involved too which is fun..sometimes ;) I generally bake cupcakes, breads, scones, apple tart so when our eldest son Luke turned 5 few weeks ago I thought it would be nice to make his birthday cake. With time a little against me I had to work with what ingredients I had in the baking press so I set about looking for a simple chocolate cake recipe, which I found here
A few little notes on the recipe:
* I always prefer to use butter for baking as it adds great flavour
* Make sure that the butter is softened and the the flour and cocoa powder are sifted
* I use a good quality organic cocoa powder
* If you don’t have vanilla extract then vanilla essence will do but you will need to use more of it, perhaps 3 or 4 teaspoons
I love this recipe because it’s an all-in-one method so I was able to put everything into the mixing bowl together, just turn on the mixer for a few minutes it was done! I use a stand mixer but a handheld mixer or good old fashioned wooden spoon will work just as well - but it might take a bit longer to get the consistency you need. There was a most wonderful aroma around the house while this was baking.
Now, this cake doesn’t look much when its baked, so it needs a little make over to finish things off. This is where some delicious chocolate icing comes in.
Take 100g of good quality dark chocolate (70% or more cocoa), 100g of icing sugar and 100g of butter.
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water
- Melt the butter in another saucepan, add the melted chocolate and icing sugar to this and mix well. It starts out quite runny but it will thicken as it cools which takes 10-15 minutes
- Using a palate knife you can then spread it all over the cake.
- Take care not to leave it cool for too long or it will not spread very well
Depending on the occasion the cake is for, it can just be left simply with the chocolate icing or just use your imagination - anything goes! I chose to use Smarties as they are so colourful and kids love them! I used 4 boxes and just spread them evenly over the top. I thought it still needed something so I made some vanilla buttercream. I use a recipe from a great blog called receipesfromanormalmum.com run by the lovely Holly Bell. Some of you may remember her from The Great British Bake Off a few years ago.
I just piped the buttercream on the sides and around the bottom and the cake was done! When Luke saw it the following morning he was absolutely thrilled so that was all the reward I needed. I have to say it did taste pretty good too!
Very often the simple recipes are the most satisfying. They can offer a good base from which to experiment or try out little variations to your own tastes. I found all of the above recipes to be very easy to work with and I’ll certainly be using them again for more cakes in the future.
If any of you bake a cake using above recipe and decorate it I would love if you would tweet some pictures to me @eileenc77 and @Lilliwhiterose.
A note from Lilliwhiterose: I would like to thank Eileen for once again contributing to my blog. Eileen is a full time mum to three wonderful little boys and I know her time is precious and can't thank her enough for taking the time out to write this post and take such wonderful pictures. xx