Chocolate Birthday Cake

Quadruple layer chocolate cake!

Quadruple layer chocolate cake!

I made this for Angela’s birthday – I was really happy with how it turned out! It was very quick and easy to make, and looked stunning. I went for the square tin because that’s the only one I could find in a rush, but it would work well in two round tins too. The recipe suggested 22cm ones.

Moody-looking cake under my new cherry tree light

Moody-looking cake under my new cherry tree light

Chocolate Birthday Cake with Wonderful Chocolate Ganache (Original recipe here)


With all the candles lit

With all the candles lit

For the cake

  • 225g/8oz plain flour
  • 350g/12½oz caster sugar
  • 85g/3oz cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 250ml/9fl oz milk
  • 125ml/4½fl oz vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250ml/9fl oz boiling water

For the chocolate icing

  • 200g/7oz plain chocolate
  • 200ml/7fl oz double cream

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Look frantically for the cake tins you should be using, find a silicone brownie tray instead, decide that will have to do!
  2. For the cake, place all of the cake ingredients, except the boiling water, into a large mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon, or electric whisk, beat the mixture until smooth and well combined.
  3. Add the boiling water to the mixture, a little at a time, until smooth. (The cake mixture will now be very liquid.)
  4. Pour the cake mixture into the tin and bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes, or until the top is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool completely, still in the tin, before icing.
  6. For the chocolate icing, heat the chocolate and cream in a saucepan over a low heat until the chocolate melts. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk the mixture until smooth, glossy and thickened. Set aside to cool for 1-2 hours, or until thick enough to spread over the cake.
  7. To assemble, turn out the cake then slice in half across its waist and then again down the centre to make four equal pieces.
  8. Place one of the neater pieces on a serving plate. Spread a little chocolate icing over it, then sandwich another on top. Repeat until you have a  stack of four layers.
  9. Spread the rest of the icing all around the outside.
  10. To give a nice, shiny and smooth appearance, heat up the blade of a knife in boiling water, then wipe dry with kitchen roll and use to smooth the icing all over the top and sides of the cake.
  11. Garnish with candles, and admire!
Happy birthday!

Happy birthday!

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One Response to Chocolate Birthday Cake

  1. Angela says:

    This was officially nom 🙂

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