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Birthday Chocolate Fudge Cake & Cupcakes

Lisa's Birthday Cake

Just thought that I would share a quick post with you all about the Birthday Cake and Cupcakes I made this weekend for some friends of mine.

This weekend it was my friends Birthday BBQ / House warming party, very lucky to still have some nice weather, I think it has been warmer than our actual summer.

Now I know that she has like some of the other cakes that I have posted before on Facebook and also I made her husband some cupcakes at the beginning of the year for his 30th Birthday which they both enjoyed. So I thought that she would like it if I was to make her a Birthday Cake (I was right).

The cake recipe that I decided to go with was The Best Chocolate Fudge Cake – Mary Berry’s Recipe from the Baking Bible.
I love this cake, it is such a quick and easy recipe to do and tastes amazing the sponge is very moist. This is my favourite chocolate cake recipe, well that I have found so far, its going to be very tough to top this.

I did a three layer chocolate sponge, filled and covered in whipped ganache. To save time on the day of the BBQ I made the sponges the night before, in total I did the recipe twice; once for the first two layers and then a second time for the third layer and 8 chocolate cupcakes.

Ants Cupcakes
Ant’s Birthday Cupcakes

To fill and cover the cake in ganache I used 200g Dark Chocolate and 200ml Double Cream let that cool and then I whipped it up using a hand held mixer. I then made a smaller amount of ganache and whipped it up again for piping on the cupcakes and just to finish off the bigger cake.

The BBQ started in the evening, so all I had to do was decorate the cake and cupcakes. This was also the weekend my sister Karen came down from Liverpool and she gave everyone’s hair a trim, then I needed to get my face on and find something to wear. God didn’t I get into a right flap, thankfully my sister was there to help me with the cake which I really enjoyed and kept me calm.
It was like a little practice run for when we do my other sister Dionne’s Birthday cake next month for the BIG 40! 

Luckily I had a cake box big enough to fit the cake in.
Luckily I had a cake box big enough to fit the cake in.

So my friend Ant picked me up to go to the party, but before going we went to his picking up the cookies he’d baked to take. These cookies were amazing they were still warm from the oven, I’m going to have to ask him for the recipe.

I had a lovely time at the party saw many people who I hadn’t seen since being at Sixth Form, laughing so much at the most random of conversations, it was like no-one had really change (ok we’ve all matured but you get what I mean). It was a great night and it was so nice to see everyone.

My friend Ant who was the one that picked me up it is his Birthday on Monday, so I thought that I would make him some chocolate cupcakes and I put them in a box that held 6 cupcakes.

The 2 cupcakes that were leftover I gave to my mom and dad to have while I was at my friends party, when I got back later that night my mom said that she really enjoy the cupcake and if that was anything to go by the bigger cake would of been really yummy.

Ant's Chocolate Birthday Cupcakes

 

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Cakes · Cupcakes

Very Best Chocolate Fudge Cake

Chocolate Easter Cake - Triple Layer Sponge (above shot)

Now who doesn’t like chocolate cake!! This is my favourite chocolate cake recipe, the sponge is moist and with the ganache its like the perfect dessert and it comes from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible.

Mary Berry’s – Baking Bible

“This will become your favourite chocolate cake recipe – it is the best! It is speedy to make and the easy filling doubles as an icing. The cake is moist and has a ‘grown-up’ chocolate flavour”.
– Mary Berry

How she describes this cake just makes you think I’ve got to bake that, you won’t regret it, this cake is delicious!

This cake is great for an afternoon treat, save it for dessert or you could even do it as a birthday cake… It is so yummy everyone will love it!

Chocolate Easter Cake - Triple Layer Sponge
Chocolate Easter Cake: 3 layers of sponge, coated in ganache and decorated with golden eggs and sprinkles

 

 

 

 

Ingredients
50g Sifted Cocoa Powder
6 tablespoons Boiling Water
3 Large Eggs
50ml Milk
175g Self Raising Flour
1 rounded teaspoon Baking Powder
100g Butter, softened
275g Caster Sugar

For the Icing and Filling
3 tablespoons Apricot Jam
150g  Plain Chocolate (39% Cocoa Solids)
150ml (¼ pint) Double Cream

1. Pre-heat the oven to Gas mark 4/180°C/Fan 160°C. Grease two 20 cm (8 inch) deep sandwich tins and line the bases with baking parchment.

2. Blend the cocoa powder and boiling water in a large bowl then add the remaining cake ingredients and beat until the mixture has become a smooth, thickish batter. Then divide the cake mixture equally between the two prepared sandwich tins and level the surface using a back of a spoon.

3. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 25–30 minutes or until the cakes are well risen and the tops spring back when lightly pressed with a finger. Leave to cool in the tins for a few minutes before turning them out, removing the baking parchment and transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

4. To make the filling and topping, start by warming the apricot jam in a small pan, then spread a little over both the base of one cake and the top of the other. Now to make the ganache icing break the dark chocolate into pieces and pour the cream in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water and gently heat together for about 10 minutes or just until the chocolate has melted, stirring occasionally.

5. Remove the bowl from the heat (I suggest doing this with a towel, as quite a bit of steam comes from the saucepan) and stir the chocolate mixture to make sure it has completely melted and that there are no lumps. Leave to cool until it is on the point of setting, then spread on top of the apricot jam on both cakes. Sandwich the cakes together and use a small palette knife to smooth the ganache on the top. Keep in a cool place until ready to serve.

My Notes
Mary serves her cake with the ganache sandwiching her sponges together and some for the topping. If you want, you can then decorate the top of your cake however you like. Here are a few examples of how I have done the cake.

Chocolate Cake Decorated with Snowflakes Chocolate Cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here I used 7-inch sandwich tins.
3 layers of sponge and look at that ganache… hmmm yummy.
I just decorated it with a few snowflakes.

Chocolate Easter Cake - Triple Layer Sponge (undecorated)2Here is the cake I did for Easter before adding extra decorations. It is 3 layers of 8-inch sponge (I double the recipe, with the spare mixture I made cupcakes) I then filled and covered the entire cake with ganache and smoothed it all over. Even like this it looks yummy!

4-inch cake and cupcakes decorated with chocolate stars
4-inch cake and cupcakes decorated with chocolate stars


Cupcakes

I have also used this recipe to make cupcakes, it works great. The only thing that you need to do extra is whip the ganache. Once the melted the chocolate and cream have cooled use a hand held mixer to beat it until thick and fluffy. Transfer this to a piping bag and get decorating.

Chocolate Easter Cupcakes2Here I have decorated the cupcakes with mini Easter eggs, flowers, butterflies and gold sprinkles!
Chocolate Easter Cupcakes

Tips from Mary Berry
The cake can be frozen (iced or un-iced) for up to 1 month. Store in a round freezer-proof container about 2.5 cm (1 in) bigger than the diameter of the cake. Sit the cake on the inside of the lid and place the container over the top. Seal, label and freeze.
If the cake is frozen iced, the icing will not be quite as shiny once thawed. To defrost, release the lid but leave in position and thaw for 4 hours at room temperature.

 

Are you all overloaded on chocolate now! 

I hope you enjoy this chocolate cake recipe as much as me, and that some of my ideas have been of some inspiration or if you have any other ideas I would love to know… Emails or Tweet as you could inspire me!
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