Chocolate cake

A simple and enjoyable chocolate cake for all occasions

There have been many times in our restaurant where we have been asked to make a quick birthday or party cake at the last minute. We use a very good reliable cake base that is so versatile and will fit all sorts of different occasions.

With all the birthdays, confirmations and communions being celebrated at home these days, this is a very useful recipe to have. He uses ingredients from the store cupboard.

Kevin Stirzaker is chef and owner of The Dining Room in Castlebar

Chocolate cake

Do one

150g self-rising flour
50g cocoa
100g light brown sugar
100g caster sugar
200g margarine or butter
4 large eggs (yolks and whites separated)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Milk Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
100g milk chocolate
200g softened butter
400g icing sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of milk

Butter the bottom and sides and line the bottom of a 20cm cake tin with parchment paper.

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2 Mix cocoa and flour.

3 Beat the margarine or butter and the two sugars together in a mixing bowl, preferably with an electric whisk.

4 Add egg yolks and vanilla extract and mix.

5 Sift the flour and cocoa and mix them thoroughly.

6 In another clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft, then fold the egg whites into the cake mix gently and carefully, trying not to squeeze out too much air .

seven Pour the batter into the pan and bake at 170 degrees Celsius (fan) for about 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the cake comes out clean.

8 Let the cake cool slightly in the pan, then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely. When it is cold, slice it in the center to form two discs.

9 To make the glaze, melt the chocolate in the microwave at very low heat until tender.

ten Mix the butter, icing sugar and cocoa with an electric whisk, then add the melted chocolate and mix. Add milk only if necessary to get the right consistency.

11 Use the frosting to sandwich the two cakes and spread them on top. You can also dust the top with cocoa powder or icing sugar instead.

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