Chocolate Celebration Cake Part 1

This chocolate celebration cake is quick and easy to make and my foolproof decorating method means even the busiest and most uncoordinated of gals (and guys) can throw together an impressive looking cake when the occasion calls for it.  Check out tomorrow's blog for how to decorate the celebration cake.

Beat it, Bake it, Eat it Chocolate Cake Recipe

This is out of Mum's yellow book, I have no idea where it originated. This recipe is so my mum, she never measures anything even when baking and throws it all in together (creaming ingredients is not in her vocabulary!), it goes in a pan and comes out the oven smelling and tasting like heaven...

1 2/3 cups of white flour
1 1/4 cups of white sugar
2/3 cup of cocoa (I like Dutch cocoa, choose a good quality brand)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
4 ounces butter (ummm...that's about 125grams)
2 eggs (free range of course)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla (or almond) essence

Yep, remembered to include everything in the picture except the cocoa - don't worry though; it made it into the cake!
1. Throw all the ingredients into your mixer bowl and beat with an electric beater for at least 5 minutes or until the ingredients are blended and have gone a pale colour and is this consistency...

2. Chuck into a greased tin and bake at 180 degrees Celsius (fan bake) for about 55 mins or until your entire house smells like chocolate cake...test with a skewer etc.
3. Told you it was easy

To make cupcakes line a muffin tin with patty pan cases and spray the insides with a non-stick cooking spray - this will make removing the wrappers easier. Decorate with brightly coloured icing and small candies for a fun look.



To Prep the Celebration Cake for Decorating

Cool the cake and cut in half, mix your favourite jam (I like Barker's Morello Cherry Jam and I use half a jar per cake) with 1-2 tablespoons of brandy or sherry (or a teaspoon of vanilla) and spread over the cut cake. Leave the cake in the fridge overnight because it tastes waaaay better the next day!

Decorating the Chocolate Cake

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