How To Make The Best Chocolate Cake | Rich, Tasty & Incredibly Simple

Some recipes you return to over and over again, and this chocolate cake is one of them! My friend’s see this cake on their birthdays, my parents have a slice on their birthdays – it’s all around the perfect base for a party cake! You can decorate it any way you choose, but inside it has that unbeatable rich chocolate flavour. Here’s how:

Ingredients

  • 5oz self-raising flour
  • 1oz cocoa powder
  • 6oz caster sugar (there wasn’t any in the supermarket so you’ll see granulated sugar in the photos)
  • 6oz margarine
  • 3 eggs
  • Top Tip: Baking soda is optional, but makes the cake a brownie-like texture (as shown in these photos)

Method

No messing about here, just measure out all of the ingredients into a large bowl. Combine using a hand mixer, or whatever electronic whisk you have. A splash of milk can also be used to loosen up the mixture if it’s too stiff. 

Line two round baking tins with greaseproof paper.

Preheat the oven to 180°/160° Fan.

Spilt the batter evenly between the two tins. I use a scale to be precise because you don’t want one half larger that the other!

Bake for around 18 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool on the side completely before decorating.

Decorating is the fun part because you can do it however you like! This particular cake was for a birthday, so I iced with chocolate buttercream before piping on a greeting with melted white chocolate. Here’s my final result:

That splodge of white chocolate is all that was left in the piping bag! So I just made a little ‘chocolate bar’ from it haha 😉

How did your’s go? Make sure to send in your photos if you did follow this recipe. I would love to see how you decorated it. 

What’s your favourite type of chocolate? Plain, white or milk? 

Plain is definitely my favourite, or chocolate orange. They even do dark chocolate oranges now which is just heaven for me haha. Let me know in the comments, and have a great day!

erin x

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Be Thoughtful This Thursday | Letter Writing, Baking & Showing Someone You Care | The Positivity Project

Now we’re making it to the middle of the week, why not take some time for someone else? Though self-care is really important, you might be about ready to treat another person with all the mindfulness you have learned this week thus far. Today I decided to write a letter out my friend. During this isolation period I haven’t been able to see them, but have started communication through letters to remain contact. It’s much more sentimental than a text, and requires more time which makes it more thoughtful. Today, if you have the time, I recommend you reach out to your friends or family through a letter. It will always be much appreciated and to receive a letter makes someone feel happy! I always feel overjoyed when I hear the ring of the letter box. An older person in particular, who is alone at this time, will find great comfort in letter writing. 

Here’s the cake I baked for my dad’s birthday this year!

How are you going to show someone you care today? Bake a treat for your family, or writing an email to a friend you haven’t spoken to for some time?

Wherever you are, I hope you’re safe. Please talk to other people (to keep your sanity and their’s) but of course, stay at home!

erin x

What Are These Daily Posts For?

Throughout these difficult times, a group of my friends on Instagram decided to form The Positivity Project. Created by Emily, this project aims for people to be more happy even in the most difficult circumstances. To launch this project, I will be posting every single day this week: updating you on the recent prompts and how to complete them. I would like you to head on over to Emily’s blog (and Instagram) because she is the amazing person who create this idea. Let us both know how you’re staying positive in the comments of this post! Or go a step further and tag us in photos on Instagram.

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