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Help me with a chocolate cake recipe!

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Honeymoonmummy Sat 26-Oct-13 17:32:58

Hi all,

I am a virtual novice when it comes to baking cakes so can I plead to you for help. I know there will be loads of threads on this but I'm short of time.

My DD's birthday is next week and she's having a party. I have seen a birthday cake I want to make and have bought the pack of icing to roll out and cover the cake and I know the design I want on it, it's pretty simple so hopefully no problems there. It has 3 layers.

However, I need a chocolate cake recipe - a foolproof one which requires simply things to be thrown in a food processor if possible. I have 2 nine inch cake tins and a fan electric oven if that is important! [clueless]

Also, when using roll out icing, do you cut out a circle for the top and then a long bit for the sides or just mould it over the sides?

Also, any other tips to stop me making a complete arse of this cake would be much appreciated! I'm going to do a trial run tonight and ice it tomorrow, hence the haste.


ChoudeBruxelles Sat 26-Oct-13 17:36:34

7oz each of butter and caster sugar. 3 large eggs. 5 oz self raising flour, 2oz coco powder. Teaspoon of baking powder. You can bung it a all in together a nd whisk it up. Pour into the two tins evenly and bake at 180 for about 30 mins. Or until a sharp knife of skewer comes out of the cake clean

Honeymoonmummy Sat 26-Oct-13 20:35:09

Thanks Choude. I've decided to leave it until tomorrow to bake the trial run so I will give your recipe a go smile

What about the icing?

hermioneweasley Sat 26-Oct-13 20:37:10

Good food ultimate chocolate cake is a very good recipe and reliable

DontCallMeDaughter Sat 26-Oct-13 20:40:21

Roll out the icing so it covers the whole cake. Brush the cake with something wet, I find vodka works best, lay icing over cake and gently mould it to the cake.

Have a look on you tube, there are some good step by step guides (search for sugar paste or fondant icing)

Bunbaker Sat 26-Oct-13 21:04:18

Do not use a food processor. Use an electric whisk or beat by hand. If you use a processor it will knock any air out of the mixture and overmix the ingredients and your cake won't rise.

This Mary Berry recipe is a good one.

Honeymoonmummy Sat 26-Oct-13 23:30:17

Thanks all. I may leave the vodka due to the large number of 5 year olds who will be consuming the cake grin

Honeymoonmummy Wed 30-Oct-13 10:03:36

Hi all, just a quick update, I used the good food link above and bought 2 20cm tins for it, it turned out lovely! My icing cracked a little when I moulded it over the sides of the cake and was a bit messy where there was an overlap, any further tips??

Honeymoonmummy Wed 30-Oct-13 20:14:54


pudseypie Wed 30-Oct-13 20:40:08

put some icing sugar or cornflour on your hands and rub them over the icing that's covering the cake. This will smooth out the cracks and give an even surface.

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