Saturday, 9 February 2013

be my valentine

With Valentines just around the corner, I thought it was a good time to whip up a cake and couldn't resist using my new silicone heart shape moulds either! This was the second cake I've ever made (I'm more of a cupcake girl you see!) and I'm so pleased with how well it turned out, even if I did only have a serrated knife to hand to try and smooth - or not - my icing.

The cake ended up perfectly moist and chocolatey, and I honestly haven't been able to make a better icing myself than the Betty Crocker buttercream one. I don't care if it's cheating if it tastes that good! I've been told that this is the best chocolate cake ever, so definitely give it a try if you're baking a cake this Valentines Day!


INGREDIENTS:
175g self-raising flour
3 tbsp 70% cocoa powder
175g butter
175g golden caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
1-2 tbsp milk
100g 70% dark chocolate, melted and cooled
1 tub of betty crocker chocolate buttercream icing
2 boxes of cadburys chocolate fingers
a handful of fresh raspberries

DIRECTIONS:

001. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and grease your baking tins.

002. Put all the cake ingredients except the chocolate in a large bowl. Beat them together with an electric whisk (or whizz in a food processor) until you have a creamy mixture, then fold in the melted chocolate. Add a little more milk if the mix is too stiff - it should fall easily from a spoon.

003.Divide the mixture between the 2 tins and level. Bake on the same shelf in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the sponge springs back when pressed. Cool for 5 minutes, turn out onto a wire rack, peel off the paper and cool completely. Cut each in half horizontally so that you have 4 layers altogether.

004. Sandwich the layers together with a little icing, then spread the rest on top and sides before decorating with chocolate fingers and raspberries.

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24 comments

  1. That looks so good!!x

    thelittlejennywren.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. This is too adorable, I think I'm in love! xo

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  3. This cake looks so good, especially with the chocolate fingers!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

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  4. It's times like this I wish I wasn't giving up chocolate for lent! It looks sooo yummy!Xx

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  6. I need to give making this a go, it looks amazing!

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    x

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  7. My mouth is officially watering! xxx

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  8. This looks amazing! Chocolate fingers and raspberries are two of my favourite things! :)
    Catherine x
    Brighton Girl

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  9. Ah I can eat the Betty Crocker icing out the pot! This looks delish!
    Sophie
    X

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  10. I love this!! It looks gorgeous, and I have been racking my brains trying to think of something cute to bake for my boyfriend this valentines. Thanks for sharing! :) xxxx

    Heather Hearts

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  11. This looks so yummy! I want to go make a cake now!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

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  12. Mmmm this looks so good! I love your decoration!

    http://hannahrebekahcampbell.blogspot.com xxx

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  13. Wow that looks amazing! I'm really tempted to make it now!

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  14. That looks amazing! Screw my valentine I'll be making it all for myself ;)!

    Fergiesfashionfun.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Yuum, looks delicious, you did an amazing job :)

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  16. This looks so good, I'm going to make this soon!
    iamdaisyalice.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. I think anyone would be your valentine with a cake like that. So scrumptious its making me hungry.

    emily

    xx

    8figured8.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. This looks absolutely delicious and so cute! You did an amazing job. I love raspberries :) xx

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  19. That cakes looks amazing! Mine would just fall apart x

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  20. Super cute
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