This cake is equivalent of Wonder Woman.
It has been multitasking all over the place.
If it were a film character it would be Kate Reddy in I Don't know How She Does It, played by Sarah-Jessica Parker (no cakes posing as 'z list' actors here, no siree).
Not only was it made to thank my kind and generous colleagues for their support and sponsorship when we recently completed the Across Wales charity cycle ride (which I may have previously mentioned once or twice...)
It also had enough batter to fill two separate cupcake cases to keep A from feeling he was missing out (usually the kitchen fills with sweet baking aromas before the cake is cruelly whipped away from his growling stomach).
Finally it was inspired by We Should Cocoa's first anniversary. Yep, this more-chocolatey-than-the-inside-of-Willy-Wonka's-factory blogging challenge is one year old. To celebrate Chele from Chocolate Teapot is set to host a virtual teaparty. And we've all been invited.
Anyone joining me on the dancefloor for a boogie to 'Hot Chocolate'? 'You (chocolate) to me are everything?'?!
My offering for the table is this:
Double Chocolate Star Celebration Cake
(Good Food Magazine, August 2010)
175g softened butter
175g golden caster sugar
140g self-raising flour
85g ground almonds
half a teaspoon baking powder
4 tbsps cocoa powder
50g chocolate chunks (milk or dark chocolate)
1 small bag white chocolate buttons, melted
Chocolate star to decorate
1. Heat the oven to 160C/140C fan/Gas Mark 3. Grease and line a 2lb/900g loaf tin with a strip of baking parchment
2. Beat the butter and sogar with an electrical whisk until nicely light and fluffy
3. Beat in the eggs, flour, almonds, baking powder, milk and cocoa until smooth
4. Stir in the chunks of chocolate and scrape into a tin
5. Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden, risen and a skewer poked into the very centre of the cake comes out clean
6. Cool in the tin and once cooled lift out and place on a wire rack
7. Using a spoon drizzle the white chocolate over the cake and decorate with the stars.
- It is really simple this cake. Which meant there was plenty enough time for 'Musical Chocolate Bars' and 'Pass the Truffles Parcel'
- The loaf, prior to decoration can be frozen for up to three months
- It feeds eight people. Or four chocolate lovers.