Thursday, 22 September 2011

We Should Cocoa: Happy Birthday! Double Chocolate Star Celebration Cake

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
3 eggs
140g self-raising flour
85g ground almonds
half a teaspoon baking powder
100ml milk
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.

Baker's notes...
  • 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.


  1. This looks and sounds simple and delicious - hallmarks of a great cake. I wonder about the 'feeding 8 people' claim - its a hoax, don't believe in such things:)

  2. I can't wait for this party, it's going to be the bestest (sic) ever! I am definitely going to play Pass the truffles parcel and I will be holding onto the parcel for as long as possible before passing it on hoping no-one notices me doing it. This is a brilliant cake and I should think that all of your colleagues are now very glad they sponsored you.

  3. YESSS! What a really elegant cake ~ I am always sceptical about how many people a recipe feeds, it is a myth usually! LOVELY CAKE KATE.

  4. Ha ha, great post. I'm up for pass the truffles - although on reflection, I think I'd rather not pass them on. You've decorated the cake beautifully and it will be most welcome at the party - assuming your colleagues have left us any that is. Ground almonds work so well in cakes, if only they were a bit cheaper. Thanks for coming along to the party.

  5. What a great cake, love the Willy Wonka reference!

  6. I'll have a boogie with you for sure ;0)
    Love the post Kate, made me giggle more than once. And a this cake is a fantastic addition to our party table too ... yet another cake I would like seconds and thirds on!! Thanks so much for taking part.

  7. Looks gorgeous. I'd be one of the four chocolate lovers if you're offering cake though!

  8. What a lovely cake. Chocolate and chocolate definitely spells celebration to me.

  9. I LOVE that Hot Chocolate song! Yes, this really is an A-list chocolate superstar cake, and I bet your colleagues must've been chuffed to be presented with such deliciousness. Not sure if the servings will stretch to 4 people with me around it, though!

  10. Ah this looks yummy! I love anything with stars on and always try to get them on any birthday cake I make.


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