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~

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  1. Sera Brand
    January 2, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    This cake looks so good! ^__^xx Sera | STARDUSTBOHEMIAN.COM(IG: @TheStardustBohemian)

    • Fii Cridland
      January 3, 2015 / 3:27 pm

      Thank you! :3Fii x

  2. casuallyawkward
    January 3, 2015 / 7:35 pm

    looks so tasty Wishing you the best in 2015 x Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin

    • Fii Cridland
      January 3, 2015 / 10:44 pm

      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

  3. Holl JC
    January 3, 2015 / 8:34 pm

    My oh my, your cake looks so so scrummy!

    • Fii Cridland
      January 3, 2015 / 10:45 pm

      Thank you! It's amazing what a bit of melted chocolate can do for presentation 😉

  4. Caz
    January 3, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    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! xCaz | Lunch Break Adventures

    • Fii Cridland
      January 3, 2015 / 10:45 pm

      Thank you Caz! And I wish the same to you too! 2015 is going to be an awesome year! 🙂 x

  5. Kathryn
    January 3, 2015 / 8:50 pm

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

    • Fii Cridland
      January 3, 2015 / 10:47 pm

      She did, thankfully. Happy New Years to you too! 🙂 x

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