2 Jan 2015

Baking Adventures: Chocolate cake

The 2nd of January is my little sisters' birthday. and since my mum and dad are generally super busy during the day - even though her birthday this year falls on a Bank Holiday weekend, the task of birthday cake making fell to me, providing another baking adventure.

The recipe I used was the classic Chocolate Victoria Sponge by Dr. Oetker. I was a touch liberal with the cocoa powder, rich chocolate cakes are always a winner in my household, but the standard recipe produces a gorgeous cake.

225g  butter
225g  caster sugar
175g  self raising flower
50g  cocoa powder
4  medium eggs

- preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 & grease and line your preferred size cake tin (suggested is to 20cm/8 inch sandwich tins)
- cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
- gradually beat in the eggs, if the mixture begins to curdle add a little of the flour
- fold in (remaining) flour and cocoa powder
- pour the mixture into your cake tin(s)
- bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown. The cake should be firm to the touch
- leave to cool before turning out of the tin onto a cooling rack.

For the icing, I melted down some chocolate and spread it on the top of the cake, since mum isn't keen on buttercream icing, and I'm not a massive fan of fondant. I then added a load of smarties and some chocolate coins to decorate. The filling was cherry jam and whipped cream, since chocolate and cherries are a match made in heaven.

Not to praise my own baking too much, but it's a good cake. Have any of you guys baked yet? I know it's early doors but still. I hope you've had a great day, whatever you've been doing~



  1. looks so tasty

    Wishing you the best in 2015 x

    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin

    1. It really was - cake doesn't stay around long in my home!

      Thank you, and I wish you all the best in 2015 too! :) x

  2. My oh my, your cake looks so so scrummy! x


    1. Thank you! It's amazing what a bit of melted chocolate can do for presentation ;)

  3. Hi Fii, Happy New Year to you!

    Your cake looks amazing and I want a slice now! Keep up the good work and all the best for you and your blog in 2015! x

    Caz | Lunch Break Adventures

    1. Thank you Caz!

      And I wish the same to you too! 2015 is going to be an awesome year! :) x

  4. Mmmmmmm that looks delicious, I bet she really enjoyed it and Happy New Year.


    1. She did, thankfully. Happy New Years to you too! :) x


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