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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Easter Chocolate Cake Recipe!

I made this cake a few weeks ago when we had family round and everyone loved it so I had to post the recipe! I was really worried people wouldn't like it but they ended up taking extra home with them so I think it went down well. It was just a basic chocolate cake recipe which I have made quite a few times and I added mini creme eggs to the top as we had some in at the time. I think this would be a perfect cake for Easter, you could put whatever you want on the top, mini eggs would be good, or mini malteser bunnies. 
Ingredients:
225g margarine
225g caster sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g self raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
30g cocoa
2 tbsp milk
100g dark chocolate

For the Ganache:
200g dark chocolate
100g milk chocolate
300ml double cream

Method:
1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and line two baking tins and set aside. 
2. Before I made a start on the cake, I made the ganache as it needs about an hour or two to thicken in the fridge. Break the bars of chocolate up and put into a bowl with the double cream. Put this bowl over a pan of boiling water, make sure it doesn't touch the water. Leave to melt, stirring occasionally. When it is all melted together, transfer to a jug or bowl, leave to chill in the fridge. 
3. For the cake, cream together the butter and sugar until soft and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix. 
4. Now add the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa and milk then mix until combined. I actually left the milk out as I forgot but it didn't make a difference. Add the melted chocolate and mix again.
5. Divide the cake mixture between the two cake tins and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. When they are done, leave to cool on a wire rack. 
6. When the ganache has thickened and the cakes are cooled you can put them together. I put some of the ganache in the middle of the cakes and then more on top. This is when I decorated it with the mini creme eggs. I just sliced the creme eggs in half so only ended up using 5.

Let me know if you give this cake a go! It is so good and I'm sure everyone you know will love it!

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