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Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake

Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake – your very own showstopper

So I got to thinking, maybe we should have an Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe on Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy, in fact I think we need one. I wanted only one Birthday Cake Recipe, after all the whole point is no fuss, easy cooking and baking! Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

So I have a base recipe here for an Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake that you can alter in the decoration depending on who it’s for, child or adult, male or female and indeed what they like and what sweets are their favourites. I decided that most people like Chocolate – especially at Birthday times? Also it could be modified for Easter and Christmas – the opportunities are endless! Oh and what about Halloween?

Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake

 

Ideas

But it would also work perfectly as a vanilla cake using White Chocolate Kitkats? Ooooo 🙂 Now there’s a great idea!

So here is a Chocolate extravaganza Birthday Cake that I hope will be a bit of a show stopper! Have fun – go wild – it’s so easy and takes little skill – it also goes down a storm!

There are so many things you can use to decorate, I used:

  • Kitkats (lots)
  • Malteasers
  • M&M’s
  • Kinder Eggs
  • Curly Wurly
  • Bueno’s
  • Chocolate lollipop
  • I think it would also be great with jelly sweets and lollipops and maybe a few strawberries? Or chocolate fingers, matchmakers, Flakes, Mini Eggs, oh anything!

Oh and I made a White Chocolate version as well – just go for it! This was for Bake It Pink for Breast Cancer – the idea is just to show how flexible and easy it is to make this Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake!

 

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So go for it, use this Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake recipe as the basis to develop you’re very own showstopper! I  think the lovely Evie (Birthday girl 10 years old, to be shared with Meg!!) will love this when I deliver it tomorrow! I’m so excited to see her face 🙂 x

Please please have a go and let me see your creations! I’d really love that! Come on it’s an Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake -I promise you can make a great showstopper and the kids will adore it for sure!

Drop me a comment below and let me know what you do!

Thanks Clare x

Cook Blog Share
“Baking

Ingredients

Buy some nice ribbon for your cake

Chocolate Cake

If you have a favourite chocolate cake recipe make 2 x 20cm cakes

Or use mine (think it was originally Mary Berry’s with a few tweaks)

Cake

  • 3 large Eggs, free-range
  • 175g (6 oz) Self-Raising Flour
  • 175g (6 oz) Caster Sugar
  • 175g (6 oz) Softened Butter
  • 1½ level tsp Baking Powder
  • 40g (1½ oz) Cocoa Powder
  • 4 tbsp Boiling Water

 

Butter Icing

  • 150g Softened Butter
  • 300g Icing Sugar, sieved
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk

 

Decoration, the FUN Bit

  • Kitkats (36 fingers)
  • Malteasers
  • M&M’s
  • Kinder Eggs
  • Curly Wurly
  • Bueno’s
  • Chocolate lollipop

Preparation Method

Cakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C, gas 4.
  2. Grease and line 2 x 8″ or 20cm sandwich cake tins (7″ would also do)
  3. In a large mixing bowl beat together the eggs, flour, caster sugar, butter and baking powder until smooth.
  4. Put the cocoa in separate mixing bowl and add the water a little at a time to make a stiff paste.
  5. Add this paste to the cake mixture and combine
  6. Turn into the prepared tins, level the top and bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 mins, or until shrinking away from the sides of the tin and springy to the touch.
  7. Leave to cool in the tin, then turn on to a wire rack to become completely cold

 

Butter icing

  1. Cream the softened butter with the sieved icing sugar until smooth (I do it with an electric stand mixer – or electric hand mixer. Or you can do it by hand (think of those toned arms 🙂 )
  2. Finally add the milk to slacked off – helps to soften which means icing the cake is easier

 

Construction

  1. Place your first cake on a plate or on a cake board, whatever you will ultimately serve it on
  2. Add approx. 1/3 of your butter cream and spread evenly across the cake
  3. Pop the next cake on top
  4. Roughly cover the whole cake in the remaining butter cream – don’t be too worried about it being perfect – it should be just a thin layer and it will be covered up!
  5. Next break your KitKats into 1 finger and start placing around the outside of your cake – they will stick to the buttercream (don’t eat the KitKats 🙂 )
  6. When the outside is totally covered in KitKats – place your ribbon around and tie in a bow (also helps to secure the KitKats)
  7. Then decorate as you wish, Ilike a bit of height and colour on mine!
    Now just enjoy!!!!

Comments

Cliona Keane says:
I would be thrilled if I got this for my birthday! What a fun, colourful and exciting cake!
    Clare x says:
    It was so much fun to make too!! Cx
Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder says:
Beautiful cake Clare and full of my favourite chocolates too! I bet the girl you made it for was over the moon! The white chocolate one looks lovely and so delicate too! Great base recipe and so many possibilities! :) Ps. Would love to see you over at #BakingCrumbs :)
    Clare x says:
    Thanks Jo - oh yes of course!!! Cx
Corina Blum says:
Who doesn't love a chocolate birthday cake! It looks delicious and so bright and colourful too - perfect for a celebration!
    Clare x says:
    Thanks Cx
Jacqui Bellefontaine says:
I love the look of this cake, I want it! Thank you for linking to #CookBlogShare
    Clare x says:
    Thanks - it was soon much fun to make Cx
Jenny walters says:
I love a Chocolate Birthday Cake covered in chocolate bars. It has been the mainstay of my children's Birthdays for a few years. So many gasps!! I love yours it looks fab! Thanks for bringing it to #BakingCrumbs
    Clare x says:
    Thanks Jenny