Chocolate birthday cake

Chocolate birthday cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 12

We used colourful candles rather than artificial sweets to brighten up this tasty birthday cake

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Un-iced
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
432
protein
6g
carbs
65g
fat
18g
saturates
10g
fibre
3g
sugar
51g
salt
0.41g

Ingredients

  • 140g butter, plus extra for the tin
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 225g self-raising wholemeal flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 250g natural yogurt

To decorate

  • 300g golden icing sugar, sieved
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder, sieved
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 3-4 tbsp boiling water
  • 50g each white, plain and milk chocolate, broken into squares

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line the base of a 18 x 28cm cake tin or tray. Put the butter and sugar into a bowl; beat together with electric hand beaters until light and fluffy. add the eggs a little at a time, beating well between each addition.
  2. Sieve the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda into the bowl, then tip in any bran left in the sieve. Pour in the natural yogurt. Stir everything to a smooth mixture and spoon into the prepared tin. Bake for 20-25 mins until just firm and shrinking away from the sides of the tin. Cool in the tin for 5 mins, then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. For the icing, sieve the icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl, then pour in the butter and 2 tbsp just-boiled water. Stir together to a smooth, spreadable consistency. if it’s too stiff, very carefully add a little more boiling water, drop by drop.
  4. Spread the icing over the top of the cake, using a palette knife dipped in hot water. Will keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
  5. Melt the chocolates in three different bowls in the microwave on High for 1 min or over a pan of simmering water. Spoon the melted chocolates into three plastic disposable piping bags. Snip the ends off and pipe 12 simple shapes on top of the cake. Leave to set. Just before serving, cut the cake into 12 squares and push in the candles.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2007

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verilion's picture

Ok this is the dumb person's question, but what is the difference between baking powder and bicarbonate of soda?
The baking powder makes the cake rise right? So what does the soda do? Do you have to put it in?

missreebbie's picture

Made this cake with my daughter for her birthday. Used a 9" square cake tin and baked for the recommended time and it was fine. Made only half the icing amount as 300g sugar sounded an awful lot, it seemed enough. I found decorating with melted chocolate very tricky though - it was too runny and hot in the piping bag! Next time I'll make some standard butter icing. Daughter really enjoyed making it and it our party guests loved it.

nlwilliamson's picture
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Adults loved this - kids ate the icing and left the cake. Well apart from my daughter who seems to eat anything. I think the kids could sense this was healthy! I will make it again to ensure that this type of cake is the norm in our house!

shaunaralph's picture

I want to make this cake as it sounds really nice .
I was just wondering in total how much does it cost to get all of the ingredients ? I must try it out ! It has alot of good reviews and everyone else is pleased so hopfully It works out the same for me .

digsydi's picture
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great cake. it was liked so much that i had to make two!
i changed the icing but only because i personally prefer it a different way

nbooth's picture
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I used a slightly deeper tin so needed longer (4o mins) to cook, used dark melted chocolate as the topping and used strawberry yoghurt instead of plain. Was delicious.

shanyb's picture
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Im making this for my sons b.day tomorow cant wait looks great

emmaht's picture

I have a baking tin which is 30cm x 24cm - am wondering how much I could scale up the recipe and how long to bake for. Think the size will be good for children's party and I am going to ice it as a Pirate Map for my 4 year old's birthday.

mandysidhu's picture
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First time I've baked a birthday cake... used self raising flour and covered in Smarties - worked brilliantly and was so moist... Everyone loved it and was so impressed by my first attempt of baking!

tasneempatel's picture

I made this cake for my family but it didnt turn out so well was dissapointed wont be making it again. The cake was too soft and broke everytime I tryed to cut it and I had to throw the icing away because it tasted horrible and cover it with chocolate buttercream.

lisacock's picture

I made this for my son's birthday and it was very easy and very delicious. However, next time I don't think I'll use all wholemeal flour - maybe half and half or all white flour. It gave the cake a very bran-y texture and I don't think this would be to everyone's taste. I also agree with some of the other comments that the topping was very sweet and could be replaced with a different option. I also used the melted chocolate in a piping bag to write a birthday message on the top. All-in-all though, a lovely cake that can be easily adapted to your own personal taste!

lesmcal's picture

Made this for my daughter's birthday yesterday - didn't like the wholemeal flour at all - cake tasted like wheaten bread! Will try again with white self raising flour.

pcarey-lawrence's picture

Hi
Several people have mentioned topping this cake with melted chocolate rather than the icing sugar. Its my sons 2nd bday next week and I am going to attempt to make the cake and fancy making it and using the melted chocolate option to decorate. Please can somebody talk me through what I would need to do?
Thanks

gillianlw's picture

I was disappointed with this cake ... however had I been expecting chocolate brown bread then it would have been fine. That is exactly how my cake turned out so all I needed was some chocolate soup to dip it in ;-)

jenny101uk's picture

Used white self raising flour and it was fine, very easy to make and tastes delicious. The topping is very sweet, I reduced by a third and still had plenty!

choccake's picture
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As my husband said "I'm cross because this is the first chocolate cake I've ever made that was not good". I made double quantities due to the recommendations of the reviews, but was sadly disappointed. The cake was not sweet enough to bring out the flavour of the chocolate, the texture was moist, but not in the way one wishes a good chocolate cake to be, and my children asked me to make my usual one next time, PLEASE.

choccake's picture
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As my husband said "I'm cross because this is the first chocolate cake I've ever made that was not good". I made double quantities due to the recommendations of the reviews, but was sadly disappointed. The cake was not sweet enough to bring out the flavour of the chocolate, the texture was moist, but not in the way one wishes a good chocolate cake to be, and my children asked me to make my usual one next time, PLEASE.

poisondwarf's picture
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Brilliant cake - made for my son's 9th birthday and iced with buttercream and a bought 'topper'. Went down a treat wih all concerned including adults.

edwinairl's picture

I'd like to make this for my daughter's birthday in two weeks time.

Can i ask a silly question though. I don't have a rectangle baking tin but I do have to baking trays for cookies....would it be possible to use one of these baking trays? would it rise over the tray an go all out of shape? it does say baking tin/tray on recipe.

mona1977's picture
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Thanks Melanie.I did try this recipe.Turned out really well .Very nice combination of sweet icing and not so sweet cake.Will make it again.

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