Easy chocolate birthday cake recipe

The WASO theme this week is chocolate recipes, and here is one of my favourites. This is my default birthday cake recipe and is always a winner. It’s easy, uncomplicated and looks fun. It also disappears very quickly. Here goes…

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Ingredients
3 eggs
175g margarine
175g caster sugar
150g self-raising flour
½ tsp baking powder
3 tbsp cocoa powder

Topping
200ml double cream
100g milk chocolate
100g dark chocolate
M&Ms

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Grease the cake tins. (I like to use cake release spray. This saves a lot of faffing about with lining them.)
  3. Cream the margarine and sugar, then gradually beat in the eggs.
  4. Sieve the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into the creamed mixture.
  5. Divide the mixture between two cake tins* and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Don’t disturb them until the time is up.
  6. While the cakes are cooling, melt the chocolate in a bowl over boiling water.
  7. Remove the bowl from the heat and allow to cool for five minutes, then stir in the cream. Leave the mixture to thicken for a few minutes.
  8. When the cakes are completely cool, use a quarter of the topping for filling, then put the rest on the top and sides of assembled cake (it’s not supposed to look too tidy!). Decorate it with the M&Ms. Ta da!

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*For this big cake, I doubled the quantities and used the same tin twice.

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