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Chocolate Birthday Cake

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Serves 12

awesomely moist chocolate cake, tastes shop bought!

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  • 375g caster sugar
  • 225g plain flour
  • 65g cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarb of soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 250ml milk
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 125ml boiling water
  • chocolate buttercream
  • 90g butter
  • 65g cocoa powder
  • 325g icing sugar
  • 75ml milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    1. preheat oven to 180c/gas 4.grease and line two 23cm cake tins with baking paper
    2. use the first set of ingredients to make the cake. in a bowl add the sugar, flour, cocoa,bicarb, baking powder and salt followed by the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.mix with electric whisk for around 3 minutes.
    3. stir in boiling water, adding a bit at a time
    4. pour even amounts into the two prepared tins
    5. bake the cakes for around 30-35 mins until the skewer comes out clean.leave the cakes to cool, before removing from the tins and taking off the baking paper and leave to completely cool before icing
    6. use the second set of ingredients. cream the butter until fluffy then alternately sieve the icing sugar and cocoa powder with the milk and the vanilla.stir into your desired consistancy (thick enough to spread easily with a spatula) spread the icing on the top of one of the cakes then stack the other one on top of it, then ice the top and around then edge of the cake.

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