Birthday Cakes Chocolate Recipes

The Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake

For the cake

225g/8oz plain flour

350g/12½oz caster sugar

85g/3oz cocoa powder

1½ tsp baking powder

1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 free-range eggs

250ml/9fl oz milk

125ml/4½fl oz vegetable oil

2 tsp vanilla extract

250ml/9fl oz boiling water

For the chocolate icing

200g/7oz plain chocolate

200ml/7fl oz double cream

Extra for decoration Lindor Chocolates of your choice

Kit Kats ( about 8 x 4 finger bars)or Chocolate Finger Biscuits (2 boxes)

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Grease and line two 20cm/8in sandwich tins.

For the cake, place all of the cake ingredients, except the boiling water, into a large mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon, or electric whisk, beat the mixture until smooth and well combined.

Add the boiling water to the mixture, a little at a time, until smooth. (The cake mixture will now be very liquid.)

Divide the cake batter between the sandwich tins and bake in the oven for 25–35 minutes, or until the top is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool completely, still in their tins, before icing.

For the chocolate icing, heat the chocolate and cream in a saucepan over a low heat until the chocolate melts. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk the mixture until smooth, glossy and thickened. Set aside to cool for 1–2 hours, or until thick enough to spread over the cake.

To assemble the cake, run a round-bladed knife around the inside of the cake tins to loosen the cakes. Carefully remove the cakes from the tins.

Spread a little chocolate icing over the top of one of the chocolate cakes, then carefully top with the other cake. Cover in Ganache carefully press the kitkats or chocolate fingers around the cake so they join up seamlessly.

Transfer the cake to a serving plate. You can buy lazer cut decor for your cake from Ebay.

3 Comments

  1. OMG my hubby would love this cake! I am not a huge chocolate fan so this would be too much for me, but it looks absolutely delicious.

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