Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake

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Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake a spectacular, yet easy to make cake that is the perfect centrepiece for Easter feasting and celebration. Rich chocolate sponge sandwiched together with whipped chocolate ganache and decorated with speckled Cadbury’s mini eggs. An Easter celebration cake.

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Since Easter is only a week away it is impossible to miss the sheer quantity of chocolate and variety of eggs available in the shops. And having spotted the mini, micro eggs in Sainsbury’s last year which were used in these Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies, I was delighted to see them in stock again this year. While Cadbury’s mini eggs are both beautiful and cute, the micro eggs are like their smaller cousins. Also, they are small enough to be used as the filling in a sponge layer cake.

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Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake

While this cake certainly has plenty of sweetness from the chocolate eggs, I decided to keep the frosting less sweet. Since chocolate ganache is simply chocolate and cream melted together and then cooled, it provides the perfect balance to the sweet vanilla coated, milk chocolate mini eggs. Also, it has the advantage of being whipped when cool. Resulting in a spreadable frosting that is also ideal for attaching eggs to the cake.

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Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake glowing like a halo in the March sunshine.

Futhermore, adding 6 whole, large eggs to the cake batter ensures a rich, moist chocolate sponge. Once filled and decorated this cake provides a real wow factor. So it is perfect for feasting, sharing and celebrating Easter.

Recipe: Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake serves 10-12

For the cake:

300g/10.5oz Unsalted Butter softened at room temperature plus extra for greasing tins

1/2tsp Sea Salt (halve if using free flowing) – I use Maldon

175g/6oz Dark Brown Muscavado Sugar – I use Billingtons

125g/4.5oz White Caster Sugar

2tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

6 Large Free Range Eggs

200g/7oz Plain White Flour

100g/4oz Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

2tsp Baking Powder

For the icing and decoration:

250ml/9fl oz Double Cream (heavy cream)

250g/9oz Good Quality Dark Chocolate minimum 70% Cocoa Solids

2 x 328g Cadbury’s Mini Eggs or similar – this quantity is sufficient to fill and top the cake if needed

1 x 100g Mini Chocolate Micro Eggs available from Sainsbury’s

Method: Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3

For this recipe you will need 2 x 20cm (8in) sandwich tins at least 5cm (2in) deep.

Making the chocolate cake sponges

  • First of all grease both sandwich tins and line the base with baking parchment.
  • Into a large bowl add the butter, salt and both types of sugar.
  • Whisk together until the mixture is uniform in colour. Whisking time approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add the vanilla extract and whisk to combine.
  • Crack 6 large eggs into the bowl.
  • Sieve the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into the bowl.
  • Whisk all the ingredients together. Scrape the side and base of the bowl with a spatula and continue whisking until thoroughly combined.
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Making the chocolate sponge batter.
  • Divide the cake batter evenly between 2 tins, smoothing the surface.
  • Place the cake tins in the centre and lower part of the oven and bake for 50 minutes – 1 hour.
  • The cakes are baked when pressed they spring back from a light touch. Also an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • As soon as the cakes are baked remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes in the tin.
  • Turn the cake out of the tin, carefully peel away the baking parchment. Leave to completely cool on a cooling rack.
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Filling the sandwich tins and baking the chocolate sponge cake.
  • While the cakes are cooling make the chocolate ganache.

Creating the chocolate ganache

  • Place a small saucepan containing 2.5cm/1” of water over a low heat. Allow the water to come up to a very gentle simmer over low heat.
  • Use a heatproof bowl and place on top of the saucepan ensuring the base does not touch the water.
  • Add the cream and chocolate to the bowl and stir.
  • As soon as the chocolate has completely melted remove the bowl and set to one side to cool. Placing on a windowsill with the window slightly open will help the ganache cool more quickly.
  • When cooled whisk the ganache until thickened to spreading consistency.

Filling and decorating the cake

  • Place a cooled chocolate sponge, flat side down, on to a plate or board.
  • Spoon half of the chocolate ganache on to the cake and spread to cover to the cake edge.
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Making the chocolate ganache.
  • Use micro eggs (alternatively use Cadbury’s mini eggs) and place around the edge of the cake, pressing into the ganache to secure them.
  • Fill in the surface of the cake with the remaining eggs.
  • Place the second sponge, flat side down, on top of the decorated bottom sponge.
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Filling the Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake.
  • Spoon the remaining ganache on to the top of the cake. Spread the ganache so that it covers evenly.
  • Cover the top of the cake with Cadbury’s mini eggs. Let your creative juices flow! Most of all ensure the eggs are pressed firmly into the ganache to secure.
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Topping and decorating the finished cake with Cadbury’s mini eggs.
  • Place the cake into a fridge for an hour to firm up the ganache.
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A slice of Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake

Slicing the cake is easier once it has been chilled.

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Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake

Slice with a sharp knife dipped in a jug of hot water and wiped dry after each cut. Doing so creates cleanly cut slices of cake, ready to be served.

Store any remaining cake wrapped well in cling film and refrigerated. Eat within 3 days.

The cakes can be made a day ahead and stored wrapped in baking parchment in an airtight container.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake you may also like these:

Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake

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Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake

Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake

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Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake

Mini Egg Marbled Traybake 

An Easter marbled traybake bake decorated with Cadbury’s mini eggs.
Mini Egg Marbled Traybake

 

Easter Sunday, for me is about remembering and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, following His death on the previous Friday. If you would like to know more about this see Important Stuff .Although creating a cake that looks like a celebration is not that difficult to do. Yet, using pretty mini eggs with their speckled shells on top of this Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake makes decorating so easy. Especially as the eggs themselves represent new life. Both in the natural world of new birth in Springtime and through the love freely given to us in Jesus Christ.

So, whatever you are making, baking and creating this Easter, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake

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Cake, is not something that we need to have in our lives. Yet how much poorer would life be without the occasional slice? Almost all celebrations have a cake at their centre; Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and more. Sunday is a celebration of a day of rest for most people. Although many still have to work and where would we be without our NHS, emergency services, care givers, transport providers etc? Baking is a form of relaxation for me. So on a Sunday, if I’m able, I like to bake. Here I share my Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake.

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Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake

Recently I read a comment from a fellow Food Blogger, stating that their chocolate cakes always seemed dry. While I’ve never had that problem, in this cake there is absolute zero chance of it becoming dry. Since adding buttermilk to the cake batter ensures a beautifully moist cake, that keeps it’s moistness over the following days. Contrasting well with the crunchy caramel topping and silky icing.

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Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake

Having made this chocolate fudge icing a number of times, it really is a marvel on one’s tastebuds. Essentially a chocolate ganache into which Rolos are melted, it pours easily, coating an entire cake in a few minutes. While more icing than is needed is made to cover this cake, the remaining dripped chocolate icing can be scooped into a container for later use, ensuring minimal waste.

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Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake

The Beauty Of Bundt Cakes

As with all Bundt cakes, they are a novice cake decorator’s dream. Since each Bundt pan is intricately designed. The result is a stunning cake when baked and turned out. While the best Bundt pans made by Nordicware, may not be cheap, in terms of value for money they deliver every single time. The majority of my Bundt pans have been bought for me as Christmas or birthday presents.

Recipe: Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake serves 10-12

For the cake:

250g/9oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

250g/9oz Caster Sugar

1/4 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

5 Large Free Range Eggs

2 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen Massey

150g/5oz Buttermilk

225g/8oz Plain White Flour

2 tsp Baking Powder

75g/3oz Good Quality Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

For the icing:

300ml/10.5fl oz Double Cream (heavy cream)

300g/10.5oz Good Quality Milk Chocolate (semi-sweet chocolate)

1/4 tsp Sea Salt (halve if using free flowing salt)

2 Packets of Rolos

1 tub Salted Caramel Crunch by Dr Oetker (alternatively use crumbled honeycomb such as a Crunchie bar with a sparse pinch of sea salt added to tame the sweetness) – Note – while sold as salted caramel crunch I was unable to taste any salt.

Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3

A 10 Cup Bundt Pan is needed for this cake. The Elegant Party Bundt Pan has been used here. Also it is strongly recommended that Wilton cake release spray be used to ensure the baked cake releases easily from the pan.

Making And Baking The Chocolate Bundt Cake

  • First of all prepare the Bundt pan. Spray or brush cake release on to the inside of the pan. Use a pastry brush to ensure every part of the pan’s inside is completely covered. Set to one side.
  • In a large jug weigh the buttermilk and then add the eggs and vanilla extract. Whisk lightly with a fork to combine – liquid ingredients.
  • Next in a separate large bowl add the butter, sugar and salt. Whisk the ingredients together until pale and creamy.
  • Tip the liquid ingredients into the creamed butter bowl.
  • Sieve the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder into the same bowl.
  • Mix all of the ingredients together using a spoon until they are just combined. Since over mixing can lead to a tough cake crumb once baked.
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Creating the moist chocolate cake batter.
  • Spoon the chocolate cake batter into the prepared bundt pan, pressing the batter into the pan. Ensure the Pan is evenly filled. Smooth the top. Note – the Bundt pan should not be more than two thirds full.
  • Place the cake into the centre of a preheated oven and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • The cake is fully baked when it is firm to touch and shrinking away from the sides and centre. Also an inserted skewer will come out clean.
  • As soon as the cake is baked remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
  • After the cooling time has elapsed turn the cake out on to a cooling rack.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely before icing.
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Preparing the bundt pan, filling and baking the cake.

Preparing The Best Chocolate Fudge Icing And Decorating The Cake

  • To make the chocolate fudge icing: First of all place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl does not touch the water.
  • Add the cream, chocolate and salt. Stir until the chocolate is melted and combined with the cream.
  • Next add the Rolos and stir continuously until melted into the chocolate.
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Making the chocolate fudge icing to glaze the cake.
  • Place the cooled cake on to a rack over a clean baking tray.
  • While the chocolate icing is still warm spoon evenly over the cake. Start at the top, work in a circular motion around the cake until it is completely covered.
  • As soon as the icing has stopped dripping move the cake to a plate or board.
  • Sprinkle caramel crunch pieces on to the top of the cake before the icing sets.
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Glazing and decorating the cake.
  • Leave the icing to set for 30 minutes prior to serving.
  • Note – spoon the chocolate fudge icing, that dropped through to the baking tray, into a bowl, cover and keep in the fridge for up to one week. Warm and use poured over ice cream, or spread cold on to cupcakes.
Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake

Decadent, moist, rich chocolate cake, slathered in a shiny glaze and topped with complimenting caramel crunch.

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Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake

Serve sliced and accompanied with a refreshing cup of tea and good company.

Make the cake a day ahead and store in an airtight container. Once iced store any leftover cake in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Refrigerate during warmer weather.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake then you may also like these:

Pomegranate Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake

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Pomegranate Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake

Maple Syrup Iced Coffee Bundt Cake

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Maple Syrup Iced Coffee Bundt Cake

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

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Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

It is said that we eat with our eyes, before anything has even touched our lips. If so, this glossy cake topped with golden nuggets definitely has my mouth drooling. Even more so, it grabbed my family’s attention straight away. Also it disappeared rather too quickly. Resulting in me setting a ban on the last slice, so that I could test it’s longevity!

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens have fun preparing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake

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Easter was only a couple of weeks ago. Time flies. Yet fortunately, Maltesers bunnies don’t! Since I had these cute, chocolate bunnies leftover from Easter, I decided to bake a loaf cake and use them to decorate. While also having a large bag of Maltesers and a whole jar of Maltesers spread, the resulting Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake is for Maltesers lovers everywhere.

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Since my Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake recipe is very reliable, that is where this recipe started. Although a few ingredients were changed to suit the flavour of this cake. While still wonderfully moist, malt powder adds another level of flavour to the chocolate. And Maltesers spread, topping the cake in a thick layer, is all the ‘icing’ that’s needed. Finishing with crunchy, Maltesers adds taste, texture and fun. Resulting in a cake that tastes of Maltesers all the way through.

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Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake with added chocolate bunnies for Easter.

Finally, the addition tiny, white pearls echo the Maltesers crunch that is in the chocolate spread, on top of the cake.

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Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake

Recipe: Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake serves 8-10

For the cake

175g/6oz Unsalted Butter softened

175g/6oz Light Brown Sugar

1/4tsp Salt –  I use Maldon

3 Large Free Range Eggs

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use  Nielsen-Massey

100g/4oz Full Fat Yoghurt

50g/2oz Cocoa Powder

2tbsp Malted Drink Powder – I use Horlicks

125g/5oz Plain White Flour

2tsp Baking Powder

To decorate

I jar Malteaser Chocolate Spread. Alternatively use your favourite chocolate spread

1 Large Family Bag or Box of Maltesers – if you are particularly partial to Maltesers add an extra bag!

Small pearl or silver edible balls

Optional – Packets of Maltesers Chocolate Bunnies, as many as needed – only available at certain times of the year.

Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan, gas mark 3, 325F

Making And Baking The Malted Chocolate Cake

For this bake you will need a 2lb loaf tin. Grease thoroughly with butter and line the base with baking parchment.

  • First of all sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together in a bowl. Then add the two tablespoons of malt powder. This is the dry mix.
  • Into a large bowl add the butter, sugar and salt. Beat until the mixture is fully combined and has very few lumps.
  • Next add the three eggs to the bowl, the vanilla extract and also the yoghurt. Beat for one minute to break up the eggs.
  • Gently tip in the dry ingredients and beat slowly until all the ingredients have combined. Switch to a large spoon and stir, ensuring the entire cake batter is fully combined.
  • Since the batter is quite thick, spoon it carefully into the loaf tin, smoothing the top, for an even bake.
  • Place the tin into the centre of the oven and bake for 45-55 minutes.
  • The cake is baked when it is firm to touch and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • As soon as the cake is baked remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool fully in the tin.
  • When cooled, carefully turn the cake out of the tin, removing the baking parchment from the base.
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Making the cake batter, filling the tin and the finished, baked cake.

Decorating The Loaf Cake

  • When ready to decorate, place the loaf cake on a plate or stand.
  • Using a palette knife, spread the entire contents of the Maltesers jar on top of the cake.
  • If using bunnies, these can be attached to the side of the cake using some of the spread.
  • Cover the top of the cake with Maltesers. Add as many as you can fit on.
  • Finally sprinkle over the tiny pearl/silver balls.
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Decorating the cake.

And, the finished cake!

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Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake ready to share.

To serve slice and serve with a smile.

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A slice of Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake

Finally, this cake will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container, on a planet where nobody lives.

Since it only lasted 2 days here at home!

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake you may also like these:

Chocolate Marble Celebration Cake 

Chocolate Marble Celebration Cake
Chocolate Marble Celebration Cake

Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake

Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake
Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake

Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies

Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies
Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies

Because Easter is celebrated once a year, these recipes are all designed to be adaptable. While Maltesers are easy to obtain, in the other bakes Smarties, M & M’s, or any other chocolate can be used. Yet, due to the liquid content of caramel, or creme eggs, it is advisable to freeze these, prior to using them in a bake. As a result any frozen substitutes will bake beautifully.

So, I hope that you had an enjoyable Easter and wish you all the very best with your making, baking and creating.

Sammie xx

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Chocolate Heart Cake

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If you love someone and they love chocolate then THIS is the cake to bake for them my Chocolate Heart Cake. So, my hubby’s birthday was at the start of the year AND I didn’t make him a birthday cake.

Chocolate heart cake
Chocolate Heart Cake

While we still had nearly a whole Christmas cake left, we also had chocolate, in all it’s delicious forms, everywhere. Yet my hubby wanted a chocolate cake for his birthday. And I was struggling with the chocolate remnants of Christmas past that were, increasingly, threatening to take over every cupboard and side table in the house.

Breath……in……..and…..out.

Phew I was in danger of being over dramatic there?

What a difference a week makes.

Finally, three teenagers and hubby had made significant inroads on the chocolate abundance. Finally, it was time to bake a cake. Most importantly a chocolate cake!

It was late.   Delayed.   Belated.   Not on time.

There was no getting away from it. As soon as possible I needed to pull out all the stops and come up with an I Love You and I’m sorry it’s late, birthday cake.

And I’m pretty sure I nailed it with this fudgy, moist, rich, Chocolate Heart Cake.

Chocolate Heart Cake

Too near Christmas and this cake would have been too much. Since it is deeply chocolatey cake, slathered in a smooth, yet decadent chocolate ganache, accented with little white chocolate hearts. Because this Chocolate Heart Cake is perfect for all true chocolate lovers.

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Cake that’s worth the wait

And fortunately for me, my wonderful husband was happy to wait for his cake. Because, not only is he the one and only true love of my life, he is the kindest, most patient, loving man I have ever known.

So girls, don’t settle for second best, or not give proper attention to the man you are with, in the hope that someone better will rock up. As soon as you find someone who loves you, for you, with all their heart, hold on tight and never let go.

Just sayin’.

Back to all matters cake. While I was going to wait until Valentine’s Day to post this recipe, I remembered my heart tin, which I bought very cheaply, in the January sales last year.

So, if you like this cake, want to make it and see a heart tin in the sales, grab that bargain!

Chocolate Heart Cake with birthday candles.

Recipe: Makes 1 Chocolate Heart Cake – serves 10-12

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature, plus a little extra to grease the tin

225g/8oz Light Soft Brown Sugar

1/4 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

4 Large Eggs – I use free range

150ml/5fl oz Sour Cream

1tsp Vanilla Extract I use – Nielsen-Massey

125g/5oz Plain White Flour

75g/3oz Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

2tsp Baking Powder

75g/3oz Dark Chocolate

75g/3oz Milk Chocolate

150ml/5fl oz Double Cream

50g/2oz White Chocolate

Method: Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan, 350F, gas mark 4

Making the cake

Grease the pan and line the base with baking parchment.

  • First of all grease the tin and line with baking parchment.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  • Crack the eggs into a jug, gently whisk to break up. Add the sour cream and vanilla extract to the eggs and stir to combine – wet ingredients.
  • Weigh the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into a sieve  – dry ingredients.
  • Sift one third of the dry ingredients into the creamed sugar and butter.
  • Add half of the wet mixture to the bowl. Mix gently until combined.
  • Repeat the addition of dry and wet ingredients.
  • Mix until combined and then slowly mix in the last of the dry ingredients.
  • Spoon the cake batter into the tin and smooth the surface.

 

Spoon the chocolate cake batter into the heart tin.

  • Place the cake into the oven and bake for approximately an hour.
  • The cake is baked when it springs back from a light touch.
  • Don’t worry if there is a slight jiggle to the cake, as long as it springs back when pressed.
  • As soon as the cake is baked remove from the oven.
Chocolate Heart Cake
Chocolate Heart Cake
  • Leave the cake to cool for 30 minutes in the tin.
Chocolate Heart Cake turn the slightly cooled cake out, bottom side up, onto a cooling rack.
Chocolate Heart Cake
  • Turn the cakeout of the tin and place bottom side up on a cooling rack.Take care when turning this cake out, as it is very moist, with an almost ‘brownie like’ texture.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely before decorating.

Decorating the cake

  • Place the double cream, milk and dark chocolate into a heat proof bowl set over a double boiler see here for detailed photos.
  • Stir constantly, removing the bowl from the heat when the chocolate is two thirds melted.  Keep stirring until all the chocolate is melted into the cream.
  • Set aside until slightly cooled and thickened.
  • Place the Chocolate Heart Cake onto a board or cake stand.

Pour the slightly cooled, thickened, chocolate ganache onto the cake.

  • Pour the slightly cooled and thickened chocolate ganache on to the cake.
  • Smooth the ganache over the cake, using a spoon or palette knife, allowing it trust cover the sides.

Smooth the ganache over the top of the cake, allowing it to just edge over the sides.

  • I used the back of a spoon, however, a palette knife would have given a smoother finish.
  • Melt the white chocolate, in a small heatproof bowl, in the microwave, set to medium. Zap in 20 second bursts, stirring after each one, until the chocolate is two thirds melted.
  • Remove from the microwave and continuously stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Starting at the centre of the heart dip, drip, using a teaspoon, a small circle of white chocolate onto the cake. Approx. 1cm diameter.
  • Using a cocktail stick and starting just above the circle, drag the stick through the white chocolate to create a wispy heart accent.
Creating the wispy heart decoration.
Creating the wispy heart decoration.
  • Add as many heart accents as you like. Although the finished cake will look better if decorated in a symmetrical pattern.
  • Finally, move the cake to a cool place to set. During warmer months refrigerate.
Chocolate Heart Cake 

Most importantly, my husband was thrilled with his birthday cake.

Also it not only looked fantastic, but tasted deeply chocolatey too!

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Chocolate Heart Cake here are some others you may like:

Chocolate Sparkle Cake 

FF Chocolate Heart Cake
Chocolate Sparkle Cake

Marbled Chocolate Bundt Cake 

FF Chocolate Heart Cake
Marbled Chocolate Bundt Cake

Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake 

FF Chocolate Heart Cake
Malted Marbled Chocolate Cake

So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Chocolate Sparkle Cake

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Ooh hello my lovelies, have I got a treat for you today? Yes of course I have and a dazzling one at that. Welcome to my Chocolate Sparkle Cake!

A sparkling star covered celebration bake perfect for bonfire night, New Year’s Eve and Halloween.
Chocolate Sparkle Cake

It’s ok you can read through once you’ve looked at all the photo’s – I would!!!

So, this cake was inspired by Bonfire Night ( November 5th if you’re not from the UK). Our children were being taken to an amazing fireworks party by my wonderful sister and brother-in-law, along with their cousins.

While they were out I wanted to make a cake, that on their return would make them say “Wow” and remind them of the fun they’d had.

Chocolate Sparkle Cake

It has to be chocolate:

So being our children meant this had to be a Chocolate Cake. I wanted a deep, chocolatey, moist cake, smothered in thick, glossy, chocolate ganache and then topped with as many sprinkles I could get my hands on.

Thus the Chocolate Sparkle Cake idea was formed in my head.

A slice of dreamy Chocolate Sparkle Cake.

And, knowing that I didn’t want a layer cake, it was important to ensure the cake itself was as moist as possible. Since adding cocoa to any batter has a drying effect, so to counter that I added sour cream.

I’d seen Ina Garten add it to many of her bakes and figured it was worth a try. Yep I was winging it yet again!

Oh my. I soo made the right decision. Because you cannot taste the sour cream in the baked cake, however, the baked cake has such a moist, tender crumb. This is one ingredient I will be experimenting with more, that’s for sure.

A chocolate cake decorated to look like a galaxy of stars.
Chocolate Sparkle Cake

What really sends this cake over the top flavour-wise is the addition of liqueur to the chocolate ganache. I happened to have an unopened bottle of Chocolate Bailey’s Luxe. So I added some. Mmm another brilliant decision, I was truly on a roll!

I only used a small amount and it is totally fine to leave it out altogether. Our youngest is 13 years old so I was happy for him to have a very small, diluted amount.

I would say that this cake is both decadant and rich. All three of our children and all the adults loved it. I’m not sure if it’s richness would be enjoyed by younger children, even with the absence of liqueur?

Recipe : Makes 1 x 10″ Chocolate Sparkle Cake

For the cake:

275g/10oz Unsalted Butter at room temp.

150g/5oz Soft Light Brown Sugar

150g/5oz Caster Sugar

5 Large Eggs – I always use free range

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey 

225g/8oz Plain White Flour

100g/4oz Cocoa Powder

2.5tsp Baking Powder

1/4tsp Salt

200ml/7fl oz Full Fat Sour Cream

Alternatively – Wright’s Baking Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix would also work really well for this cake if you haven’t the time or energy to bake from scratch. Follow the packet instructions for baking and then decorate as given below.

For the topping:

100g/4oz Dark Chocolate minimum 70% Cocoa

200g/7oz Milk Chocolate minimum 35% Cocoa

300ml/ 1/2 pint Double Cream

Optional – 2Tbsp Bailey’s Chocolate or Bailey’s liqueur

Assorted sprinkles, stars and ebible glitter dust

Method : Preheat the oven 170C/150C fan, gas mark 3, 325F

Making the Cake:

First of all, butter the base and sides of a 10″ Springform cake tin. Line the base of the tin with baking parchment paper.

Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt together. These are your dry ingredients.

Crack all the eggs into a jug, add the vanilla extract and lightly beat with a fork to break up.

In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.

Add one third of your dry ingredients and mix slowly, as they start to incorporate add half of your eggs. Continue mixing until all the ingredients are almost incorporated.

Repeat this step again.

Add the last of the dry ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Be careful not to overmix, as the cake will be heavy.

Fold in the sour cream to the chocolate cake batter.

Delicious, moist, chocolate cake batter.
Delicious, moist, chocolate cake batter.
Fill the cake tin with batter and smooth the top.
Fill the cake tin with batter and smooth the top.

Place the cake tin in the middle of the oven and bake for 50 minutes.

The cake is baked when an inserted skewer comes out clean. If after 50 minutes the cake is still not fully baked, place back in the oven and re-check at 5 minute intervals.

As soon as the cake is baked remove the oven.

Don't worry about the small crack it will reduce and we are turning the cake over to frost!!
Don’t worry about the small crack it will reduce and we are turning the cake over to frost!!

Allow the cake to cool for 15 minutes before removing from the tin.

To remove, release the springform lever, remove the outer ring of the tin.

Place a cooling rack on top of the cake and invert.

The cake is now bottom side up on the cooling rack. Remove the tin base and gently peel off the baking parchment paper.

Place to one side and allow the cake to cool completely.

Making the topping:

Break or chop the chocolate into small chunks. Place in a heat proof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water (double boiler), ensuring the base of the bowl does not touch the water.

Add the cream. And stir. The more you stir the glossier the ganache will be.

Keep stirring the chocolate/cream until the chocolate has completely melted.
Keep stirring the chocolate/cream until the chocolate has completely melted.
Remove from the double boiler, add the liqueur and stir well. Set aside to cool and thicken.
Remove from the double boiler, add the liqueur and stir well. Set aside to cool and thicken.

The ganache is ready to use when it is thickened but still pourable (but not runny).

Chocolate Sparkle Cake - have your frosting and decorations ready and to hand before you start icing the cake. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake – have your frosting and decorations ready and to hand before you start icing the cake. www.feastingisfun.com
Once completely cool place the cake on a stand or board.
Once completely cool place the cake on a stand or board.
Chocolate Sparkle Cake pour the thickened ganache onto the top of the cake. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake pour the thickened ganache onto the top of the cake. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake gently smooth the ganache over the entire top of the cake and push over the sides so it drapes over the edge of the cake. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake gently smooth the ganache over the entire top of the cake and push over the sides so it drapes over the edge of the cake. www.feastingisfun.com

I tapped the cake stand a couple of times against the table, to release any air bubbles trapped in the ganache. As a result, the swirled effect at the bottom of the cake was a result of my tapping!

Decorating the Cake:

Chocolate Sparkle Cake now get sprinkling! I started with white chocolate stars and the smaller edible gold stars. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Sparkle Cake now get sprinkling! I started with white chocolate stars and the smaller edible gold stars.

Get creative, use whatever decorations you like. Because the chocolate ganache is so gloriously glossy, it provides the perfect canvas.

I finished the cake with a dusting of holographic edible glitter.

Because more is more. Right??

Chocolate Sparkle Cake with a galaxy of edible stars.

I almost called this Chocoale Sparkle Cake ‘Starry, starry night’ (Vincent), after one of my very favourite songs by Don McLean!

Because of the glossy, sparkly nature of this cake, as well as the moist, deep chocolate flavour, with a lingering background hit of Bailey’s, this could easily make a beautiful alternative to traditional Christmas cake.

When I look at this Chocolate Sparkle Cake it just screams ‘Party’! The perfect chocolate, celebration cake.

Chocolate Sparkle Cake

Everyone loved this cake and we also celebrated the safe arrival of a friend’s baby with a slice. Because it is a rich cake, a little goes a long way, meaning there is more to share.

Also, it keeps really well in a cake tin for 5 days. And yes it did last that long!!

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Chocolate Sparkle Cake you may also like these:

Black Forest Cupcakes 

FF Chocolate Sparkle Cake
Black Forest Cupcakes

Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies 

FF Chocolate Sparkle Cake
Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies

Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake

FF Chocolate Sparkle Cake
Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake

I love to celebrate special occasions with a cake. Do you?

So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie x

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