Chocolate Indulgence Birthday Cake

Here’s the cake I made for my daughter’s 21st birthday that was a couple of weeks ago.  The basis is our favourite chocolate fudge cake recipe with the addition of more chocolate decoration.

What you need:

For the cakeIMG_1863

200g plain chocolate
200g light brown sugar
200g butter
2 eggs, beaten
100ml soured cream
200g self-raising flour
5 tbsp cocoa powder

For the icing

100g plain chocolate
170g condensed milk
100g butter

Buttercream Icing

110g/4oz butter
170g/6oz icing sugar
55g/2oz cocoa powder
1-2 tbsp milk

Decoration

Depending on the size of your cake tin, 2-3 boxes of chocolate fingers
1 – 1.5 bags of Maltesers or your favourite chocolates, for example M&Ms, Milky Stars etc

What you do:

  • The recipe for the main fudge cake is here
  • I split the cake mixture into 2 x 7″ tins and baked for approx. 30 minutes
  • Leave to cool until cold
  • I made some chocolate buttercream icing and spread over the bottom sponge, then place the second sponge on the top
  • Make the icing by putting the chocolate, butter and milk into a heatproof dish over a pan of simmering water and melt together. Let it cool for a short time.
  • Spread over the cake and the sides – you need to do this quite quickly before the icing starts to set and is too stiff to spreadchocolate birthday cake
  • Stick the chocolate fingers in the icing around the cake, be quick so the icing doesn’t set!
  • Decorate the top the top of your cake with your chosen confectionary.  I used Maltesers and some Milky Stars (as I ran out of Maltesers).chocolate birthday cake
  • Chill until the icing is set
  • This is delicious on its own but you can top it off and make into a dessert by serving with cream or ice-cream.  It is incredibly rich so you’ll only need a small slice at a time!

chocolate birthday cake

Until next time…Happy Baking!

My month in books & bakes – February

What’s happened in February?

Well, not entirely book related but February 6th was National Libraries Day and I was all geared up for going to an event at a library near me but..it wasn’t meant to be. As I was leaving home, I slipped over outside, my ankle went crack and I spent 4 hours in A&E and have been on crutches for 2 1/2 weeks. Good news, I had to have a week off work which meant lots of reading…every cloud has a silver lining and all that!

My hobbit foot

My hobbit foot

Books read: 6

(click the image to go to my review)

A God In Ruins

Strangers on a train

Viral

The Girl in the Ice

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The Rabbit Back Literature Society

Books added to the TBR: 2

Our Song

Denial

Currently reading: The Ice Twins by S.K Tremayne

Favourite book for February:  The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

I baked: (click the images to have a look)

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies

Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

What’s coming up in March?

  • An Evening with Joanna Cannon at Birmingham Waterstone’s on Wednesday March 2nd
  • Author / Blogger Meet Up in London on Saturday March 19th

How was your February and got anything good coming up in March?

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Since I started my ‘novice baker’ posts on my blog my daughter is always moaning at me that I don’t bake anything she likes. She’s quite fussy and doesn’t like most typical cake ingredients but she does like a good chocolate cake. So this week, I’ve baked a delicious chocolate fudge cake; just for her!

What you need:

For the cakeIMG_1863

200g plain chocolate
200g light brown sugar
200g butter
2 eggs, beaten
100ml soured cream
200g self-raising flour
5 tbsp cocoa powder
Hundreds and thousands to decorate

For the icing

100g plain chocolate
170g condensed milk
100g butter

What you do:

Heat your oven to 160c. Grease and line a 22cm x 22cm square tin.

Put the chocolate, butter, sugar and 100ml of hot water into a saucepan and gently heat to melt. Stir well.

Leave for 2 mins to slightly cool, then stir in the cream, then the eggs.

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Stir in the flour and cocoa powder until lump free. I used my hand held electric whisk for approx 2-3 mins adding the flour a spoon at a time.

Pour into your prepared tin and bake for 50-55 minutes. Allow to cool.

Chocolate Fudge Cake

To make the icing, put the chocolate, butter and milk into a heatproof dish over a pan of simmering water and melt together. Let it cool for a short time and then spread over the cake and decorate with the hundreds and thousands. At this point, I’d left the cake in the tin to make it easier for the chocolate icing to set.

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Once the icing is set, remove from the tin and slice into squares or triangles.

Sometimes I do surprise myself, if I do say so myself, because this was a gorgeous, light, moist bit of cake. Thoroughly recommend the recipe.

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Until next time…Happy Baking