Thursday, May 24, 2007

Chocolate Birthday Cake

We made a rather delicious birthday cake for one of our friends, and it worked so well I thought I'd post it here (because I'm bound to lose the piece of scrap paper it's scribbled on).

For the cake

  • 6 oz butter
  • 6 oz caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 8 oz plain white flour
  • 3.5 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder

Preheat oven 180° C. Whisk eggs. Cream butter and sugar together. Sift in flour and baking powder. Mix cocoa powder and 3 tbsp hot water together to form a paste, and stir in. Add 1 tbsp milk if still stiff. Put in greased 8 in sprung cake tin and bake for 35-40 minutes.

For the icing

  • 4 oz butter
  • 2 oz sifted cocoa powder
  • 8 oz icing sugar

Place cocoa and butter in bowl and microwave on 800 W for 20 seconds. Cream together, and gradually sift in sugar. Add a small amount of milk if too thick. Spread on cake once cool.

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