Chocolate Easter Cake
Easter day would not be complete without a delicious Chocolate Easter Cake decorated with Easter eggs and Easter chicks!
I made ours with Eleanor this morning and here is the recipe I love to use.....
2x8 inch sandwich cake tins lined
Preheat oven to 180 / 350 / Gas mark 4
200g unsalted butter
200g caster sugar
60g good quality plain chocolate (melted)
4 large eggs
150g Self Raising Flour
50g good quality cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
Cream / whisk the (softened) butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the melted chocolate and mix again.
Put the eggs in a jug and lightly beat with a fork.
Add the eggs a little at a time beating / whisking well after each addition and checking they are fully incorporated before adding more to the mixture
Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a large bowl
With a metal spoon or large palette knife, fold the dry ingredients into the cake mixture adding a little at a time
Divide the mixture equally between the two prepared tins.
Bake in the middle of a preheated oven for approx. 20-25 minutes or until springy to touch.
Leave the cakes to settle in their tins and once the tins are cool enough to handle, remove from the tins to cool on a wire rack.
150g unsalted butter
300g icing sugar (sifted)
175g 70% cocoa chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons semi skimmed milk
Soften the butter, put it in a mixing bowl with the icing sugar, the vanilla extract and the milk
Beat very firmly - ideally with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer - or with a hand balloon whisk.
Beat for 2 - 3 mins (longer if doing by hand) until the mixture is smooth, creamy and quite fluffy
Melt the chocolate over a pan of simmering water or very carefully in the microwave (in 20 second bursts - stirring before heating again)
Add the chocolate and beat again - it will thicken the more you beat it!
Once the cakes are completely cold, sandwich together with a generous layer of chocolate buttercream and cover the top with buttercream.
Decorate with tiny eggs and pretty fluffy chicks.