Time to have your cake and eat it.
Its snack time in our household and I have three hungry mouths so this week I have decided to bake a cake. This is just a very quick easy sponge with a bit of decoration that goes down as if I had paid a fortune for it.
175g caster sugar
175g self raising flour
3 large eggs
2 heaped tablespoons of cocoa powder (I used drinking chocolate because I had run out)
chocolate spread (I use a cheap supermarket brand – Beware some have NUTS in)
sprinkling of icing sugar
I am not professionally trained and I know I will upset some bakers but this is my method of making the sponge.
Put the block of butter in the bowl and put in microwave for 20 seconds, check then add another 20 seconds. This will be mostly melted with a few very soft bits left.
Add the sugar and whisk till smooth
Add all the flour and cocoa powder and fold in with a spoon then add the three eggs and whisk thoroughly checking that all the ingredients are well and truely mixed in.
I always put a touch of butter in my cake tins and heat them then spread around the tin so that nowhere is not greased.
Add the cakes to the tins and put in the oven, medium heat (190 C / 375 F / Gas 5) for about 20 – 25 minutes
Once cooked with still a little sponginess in the top turn upside down and leave, with the tin on, to cool.
When cooled take the bottom layer and spread thinly with chocolate spread. Then on the top layer spread the base liberally with the blackcurrant jam before turning to sit on the chocolate covered layer.
Using the chocolate spread cover the top and sides of the cake.
Decorate with chocolate buttons (big ones look good if you can get them) and a sprinkling of icing sugar.
Serve to the waiting throng and don’t expect to have very much left.
Enjoy, tell me how you like to decorate your cakes. I have to make cakes with a chocolate flavour if I want to stay popular but what flavour do you choose?