It’s quite amazing what you can do when you’ve one good chocolate cake recipe. This is another one from my youth (too many years ago to mention) and although similar to the igloo, this one made many birthday appearances instead of Christmases.
Why did I make this? In a previous employment role, four people had birthdays within 5 days. To celebrate every year, even though we don’t work together any more, we get together for a baked potato party. We cook the potatoes and everyone brings a filling (chilli, cheese, tuna, etc). This year, as the party falls on our good friend Jemma’s (see Spicery blog with Jemma) actual birthday, I said I would make her a cake. I’m nice like that (and a sucker for punishment). :-)
6oz caster sugar
6oz self raising flour
3oz Cadbury’s drinking chocolate
Cadbury’s chocolate buttons
12oz Cadbury’s drinking chocolate
4 tbsp boiling water
12oz icing sugar
Cream marg and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each one. Add the flour and drinking chocolate and mix slowly. Add to a greased and lined oven proof bowl and hollow out centre slightly. Bake at 170C, 325F, gas 3 for approx 1 1/2 hours. Keep checking with skewer after 1 1/4 hours until cooked. Turn out onto cooling rack and leave to cool.
When cool, cut in half, place icing in middle to make a sandwich and place off centre on plate. Cover the whole cake with icing and add extra icing to one side to make snout. Mark the snout gently with a fork. Stick chocolate buttons all over cake in lines. Use Smarties for nose and eyes.
Happy Birthday Jemma. X Hope you like it.
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