Sunday, 2 March 2008

Chocolate Birthday Cake

This cake is dangerously rich and very tasty! This is what I baked for my girlfriends birthday last year. She loved it! The plain chocolate used in the recipe makes the chocolate flavour very intense as well.

As it is so rich, 1 small slice is quite filling, however as its so tasty it is difficult to stop at one slice. Yum. Also, try and use the best quality chocolate you can for the best flavour.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz butter
  • 6 oz plain chocolate (best possible quality!)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 8 oz plain flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 0.5 pint milk
  • 1.25 lbs caster sugar

Heat the oven to 200C/ 400F/ Gas Mark 5. Butter and line three 9" cake tins with greaseproof paper.

Melt the chocolate over a bowl of boiling water (Bain marie method) or in a microwave. If you do it in the microwave, keep a close eye on it and don't let it burn, and mix every so often.

In a warm mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth. This works best with nice soft butter, left at room temperature prior to use.

Beat the eggs into the butter/sugar one at a time. Add the melted chocolate and vanilla essence, and beat again.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder. Fold this into the chocolate mixture.

Pour into the 3 cake tins, and bake for about 45 minutes. If your oven does not have an even temperature top and bottom, then make sure you rotate the cakes around the shelves of the oven. The cakes will be set and browned when done. A skewer poked in the cake will NOT show if its cooked, as the cake is quite gooey.

Icing Ingredients

  • 20 oz chocolate (dark)
  • Pinch salt
  • 0.75 pint soured cream, at room temperature

Melt the chocolate as before. Stir in the cream and salt. (Make sure the cream is at room temperature, else the chocolate will go funny if the cream is too cold).

Cool the icing until its spreadable, and then spread between the layers, on the top and around the outside.

Add some candles and enjoy!

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1 comment:

yours truly said...

Hey,
After I placed the cake in the oven, i realised that the milk wasn't used at all!

I am currently waiting for it to cool.. and im wondering if it'll turn out alright.?