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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Chocolate Button Cake

It's my younger son's birthday at the weekend, I won't see him but my husband is going to visit today to help him move into a new flat and taking the cake with him.  Because I had to make it a little early I chose a recipe which is made with oil and  has good keeping qualities.  It's also a brilliant cake if you don't have an electric mixer because it's easy to make with just a wooden spoon.

Chocolate Cake
190g plain flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp bicarb of soda
1tsp baking powder
150g caster sugar
2tbsp golden syrup
2 eggs, beaten
150ml vegetable oil
150ml milk

1. Heat the oven to 160C, grease and line two 20cm sandwich tins.
2. Sieve the flour, cocoa, bicarb, baking powder and caster sugar into a large bowl.
3. Add the syrup, beaten eggs, oil and milk.
4. Beat well and pour into the tins.
5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until firm to the touch.
6. Turn onto a wire rack, remove the paper and leave to cool.

Chocolate Icing
50g cocoa powder
2-3 tbsp hot water
50g butter
200g icing sugar, sifted
Packet of Giant Chocolate Buttons

1. Put the cocoa, hot water and butter in a bowl and beat until smooth.
2. Add the icing sugar to make a thick icing
3. Fill and top the cake with the icing and decorate with the chocolate buttons

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At 22 February 2012 at 08:41 , Blogger Hannah said...

Happy birthday to your son! Sorry you don't get to go and see him, though.
I haven't seen sponge done that way before - with the syrup and oil - but I can see how it would keep lovely and moist and it looks absolutely delicious!

At 22 February 2012 at 09:04 , Blogger scrumptious days said...

I'm sure he'll have a great birthday, with such a splendid cake on it's way. Great idea about the vegetable oil, I must remember next time I'm baking ahead:-) Jude x

At 22 February 2012 at 09:33 , Blogger FOODESSA said...

I was lured on my first visit due to the title of your post and of course my curiosity. Not what I assumed and yet, such a lovely surprise. Those chocolate buttons are a great decorative idea. Thanks for sharing and Happy B-Day to your son ;o)

Flavourful wishes,

At 22 February 2012 at 09:39 , Blogger Moi said...

Is it wrong I really want to eat this now? At just gone 9am?

At 22 February 2012 at 13:22 , Blogger Unknown said...

how could he not love his mum... adorable cake!

At 22 February 2012 at 17:45 , Anonymous Corina said...

This reminds me of my mum's chocolate cake - She always used to put chocolate buttons or smarties on chocolate cake when we were younger!

At 22 February 2012 at 20:22 , Anonymous laura@howtocookgoodfood said...

This is just my sort of cake. I love buttons and the sponge looks very good. I also agree on the tip about using oil, works wonders!

At 22 February 2012 at 20:27 , Blogger Choclette said...

Ha ha, I make all of my cakes with just a wooden spoon - or nearly all anyway! Your cake looks lovely and I bet it will be appreciated by the birthday boy.

At 22 February 2012 at 20:54 , Anonymous Cakeboule said...

Lucky son! Sad you did not get to see him though but a new flat how exciting! Love the way the icing is oozing out just makes you want to lick it! Yummy yum yum.

At 22 February 2012 at 21:56 , Blogger Angela M - Garden Tea Cakes and Me said...

Cake and Chocolate = Chocolate Cake which makes for a perfect birthday cake in my books. Hope your son enjoys it and his new flat, what a shame you won't get to share a slice with him.

At 22 February 2012 at 22:53 , Blogger Baking Addict said...

Happy birthday to your son! A chocolate cake is the best birthday cake :) I love the chocolate buttons too :)

At 23 February 2012 at 12:38 , Blogger Helene Dsouza said...

ahhh... your son is lucky! I love the buttons on the cake, so gorgeous and I surely love chocolate too!

thx for sharing =)

At 23 February 2012 at 14:51 , Anonymous Jill Colonna said...

What a wonderful birthday cake. I'm sure your son must be over the moon. Janice, just to say that I posted the ticket winners up on le blog today and so if you could drop me a line with your address, Waverley can send you a couple of tickets to the macaron event. Cheers. J xo

At 23 February 2012 at 16:32 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

I am a chocolate button addict and I would just LOVE this cake! It looks fabulous Janice and a happy birthday to your son too.....

At 23 February 2012 at 18:54 , Blogger Caroline said...

Looks great - what a lucky boy! And what is it with chocolate buttons - just so addictive!

At 24 February 2012 at 18:16 , Blogger Ren Behan said...

Ooh how lovely! Love chocolate buttons and this looks soooo yummy!

At 24 February 2012 at 21:05 , Blogger Anne said...

Oh dear I don't think could trust myself with an open bag of giant buttons!

The cake looks delicious, really dark and chocolatley!

At 24 February 2012 at 22:43 , Blogger Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn said...

I want some! That loos delicious!

At 28 February 2012 at 10:13 , Blogger Kit @ i-lostinausten said...

Wow! Another yummy recipe that I can't resist! Looks fab especially with those chocolate buttons. Happy belated birthday to your son! :)


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