The pursuit of...Home baking (Part III)

This is my third edition of a home baking post and this time I have made my first chocolate cake.
With the return of Great British Bake Off to UK screens (BBC1 Wednesdays), it seems like the perfect time to make one.  I can't believe I have never attempted to make one before now!  
I only really started experimenting with baking cakes recently - before that any desert or sweet treat I would always make from scratch would be Key Lime Cheesecake, Pavlovas or Apple Crumbles.
I am really pleased with how this cake turned out and it tastes absolutely delicious too!  
It is quite rich and has a lovely moist texture.  I found this recipe online on the website and I have adapted it into a chocolate layer cake with the added decoration of chocolate buttercream icing and chocolate chips - so yummy!
Here is the recipe to make your own along with some pictures to guide you through each step (below).

(Serves 12)
  • 225g butter (room temperature)
  • 350g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 350ml milk
  • 300g plain flour
  • 6 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

What you will need:

  • A loose-bottomed 20cm cake tin - greased (above).
  • 2 large mixing bowls
  • Scales
  • Wooden spoon
  • Spatula or palette knife 
  • Tablespoon and teaspoon
  • Measuring jug


1.  Preheat oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4.  Sift together the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and salt.  Set aside. 

Step 1
2.  In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Step 2

Step 2 continued...
3.  Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.

Step 3

Step 3 continued...

4.  Beat in the flour mixture, alternating with the milk, mixing just until incorporated.

Step 4
5.  Pour cake mixture into the prepared cake tin.

Step 5
6.  Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool and then turn out onto a wire rack.

Step 6

Step 6 continued...
You could leave your cake like this and it will still be delicious, but for a more luxurious cake, I turned mine into a layer cake (lets face it, who doesn't like buttercream icing?!) by slicing through the middle and adding icing.

I used the fabulous Betty Crocker range for my chocolate icing and chocolate chunks from Dr Oetker

Allow to fully cool before separating

How yummy does that look!

Finish off with the chocolate chunks on the top or anything else that you fancy.

And voilĂ !  Perfect with a nice cuppa!

For installments 1 and 2 of Home baking where I made a homemade Ginger Loaf Cake and Fruit Scones click on the links.

Hope you all have a great weekend and let me know if you try this recipe!

Love, Ivy George x

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