Thursday, 13 April 2017

Crazy Chocolate Cake

One of my resolutions for 2017 was to bake more as I have always stuck with what I know and that means making lots of brownies. My efforts so far have consisted of Lemon Drizzle Cake, Kinder Bueno Cake, biscuits and a Victoria Sponge Cake that didn't end too well. However, one of my favourites by far is the above which I have kind of decided to call Crazy Chocolate Cake due to the excessive amount of chocolate on and in it (creativity at its best here).

The cake is really easy to make and is definitely the prettiest I have created by far, I have broken-down the recipe into a simple three step process:

1- Bake the cake
  • Self raising flour (150g)
  • Golden caster sugar (200g)
  • Cocoa powder (50g)
  • Unsalted butter (200g)
  • Eggs (x4)
  • Nutella or chocolate spread (100g)
Mix together the golden caster sugar and unsalted butter, then add in the eggs and blend well. The next addition to the mix is the self raising flour and make sure you blend well. Add in cocoa powder and mix, then add in Nutella/chocolate spread and mix well. Split the two mixtures into two separate tins and place into the oven. I've made the mixture a couple of times and the baking time has differentiated each time, on average I would say 30-40 minutes. Once the cake is done wait until it has cooled down and then add in the chocolate sauce.

2- Add in the chocolate goodness
  • Nutella or chocolate spread (300g)
  • Double cream (150ml)
Blend well together the chocolate sauce ingredients and then microwave for 30 seconds the sauce to ensure it is smoother. Then add the chocolate sauce into the middle of the two sponges, coat the outside of the cake and top. Now for the fun and to decorate the cake until your heart is content!!!

3- Go crazy on the decorations
  • Cadbury's Chocolate Fingers (3 packets)
  • M&M's (1 packet)
  • Golden Eggs (1 packet)
  • Mini Eggs (1 packet)
  • Cadbury Chocolate Buttons (1 packet)
  • Malteasers (1 packet)
  • Milky bar Giant Buttons (1 packet)
  • Ferrero Rocher (1 packet)
I decorated the cake first with Cadbury's Chocolate Fingers, I originally only bought two packets and had to run to the shop to buy a third as I didn't have enough. The only drama I had with the cake!!! I then sectioned off the top of the cake and added in my different chocolate toppings (as listed above) with a Ferrero Rocher at the centre of it all.

It is definitely one of the best cakes I have made and it was for my good friend Liv who was leaving work. It went down a treat at work and got devoured in days, I call that a success!
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