National Chocolate Cake Day

Not sure which country is celebrating this wonderful sounding day today, but I’m making it my own.

To celebrate the event I needed to make a chocolate cake. I always have a well stocked store cupboard and make most things from scratch. So the making of a chocolate cake with icing without having to visit the store has been pretty easy.

Chocolate Cake

8oz unsalted butter, 4oz of caster sugar, 4oz of dark brown sugar. Cream together. Add 4 beaten eggs (I always use free range mixed sized local eggs) beat the mixture. Add 6oz plain white flour, 2oz cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons of baking powder. Mix. Add 3.5oz of chopped dark block chocolate. Place in a lined tin, the shape you have. Today I used a 7in square.

Bake for about 20-25min medium heat. Check it’s cooked by sticking a skewer in the cake to check, if clean, it’s cooked.

Leave to cool a little.

While it cools enough to take out of the tin, place 3.5oz unsalted butter, 5oz icing sugar and 2oz of cocoa powder in a bowl and melt a little to aid mixing.

While the cake is still quite hot, prick with a fork all over the surface, about 2cm apart. Gently spread the icing over the hot cake so that it gently melts a little into the cake like a drizzle cake.

Eat warm as a pudding or cold as a tea time cake. Can be served with cream.

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