A trio of chocolate cake

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I don’t know about you but it’s been a bit of a cake week in my house – November seems to be the month of birthday’s and who doesn’t love a trio of chocolate in their cake? That was a rhetorical question, because of course everyone loves that much chocolate! I received my first cook book ‘Better Baking’ from my neighbour when I was 10, and since then I have baked nearly every Sunday afternoon (except those excruciating hungover days)… Nothing feels more like home then the fresh smell of a delicious treat cooking in the oven. This recipe is very simple and as you may have gathered is for all those chocoholics out there (me being included). I adore strawberries, but blueberries would be a lovely complement on top also. The secret ingredient to this dessert is flake – and yes I am talking about that crumbly bar which melts in ones mouth. This cake is divine heated up so it becomes a chocolatey oozy like pudding, and served with a dollop of vanilla bean ice-cream!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups plain flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, sifted
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 125g butter, melted, cooled
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 6 x 14g flake bars

Frosting

  • 1 1/3 cups soft icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbl cocoa powder
  • 20g butter, at room temperature, chopped
  • strawberries to top

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Lightly grease a round cake pan and line the base with baking paper.

Combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder into a large bowl, then stir in sugar. Crumble 5 of the flake bars roughly into the dry mixture (leaving chunks).

Combine buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla in a jug. Make a well in centre of the flour mixture and pour in buttermilk mixture. Stir until a thick and creamy consistency.

Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake on the bottom shelf of the oven for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack.

To make the frosting mix the icing sugar and cocoa powder into a bowl. Add butter and 1 tablespoon of boiling water then stir until smooth.

Spread the icing over the cake once it’s cooled and then allow icing to set. Top with strawberries and sprinkle the last flake bar then dig in!

Happy baking, love Jem x

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