I have been playing around with a few basic cake recipes to decide on one for Calleigh's birthday. I still plan on having a Little Einsteins cake made for her but I think we will have to make a few changes after being quoted $125 for it. If we were having a big party I would be okay with spending that on a big cake but with only 3 of us and Calleigh it kind of seems a bit f a waste.
Here is the recipe for this beauty. Paul even said it was the best chocolate cake he has ever had! Awesome brownie wife points for this.
- 1 cup self-raising flour, sifted
- ¾ cup superfine sugar
- ¾ cup soft margarine
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tbsp milk
- ½ cup cocoa powder, sifted
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1¾ cup confectioner's (icing) sugar, sifted
- chocolate sweets to decorate
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease and line two 8 inch round cake pans. In a large bowl mix together the flour, superfine sugar, margarine, eggs, milk and half the cocoa powder. Beat until the mixture is pale brown and fluffy.
- Divide the mixture between the two pans and bake for 20 minutes. The tops should be firm and springy. Once finished turn the cakes onto a wire rack to cool.
- In a medium bowl beat together the butter, confectioner's sugar and remaining cocoa until a soft and fluffy buttercream is formed. If necessary you can add milk 1 tbsp at a time to soften the consistency.
- When the cakes are cooled spread a layer of buttercream on one half and sandwich the two halves together. Decorate with the remaining buttercream and any decorations you wish. I used milk chocolate Malteasers (well they are whoppers over here) and white sugar balls.