Thursday, May 8, 2014

Recipe: Best Chocolate Cake (Marcus Wareing)

This Sunday is Mother's Day in Malaysia (and various other countries around the world), will you be cooking/baking for your mums?  This chocolate cake recipe from Marcus Wareing is the perfect cake for special occasions and celebrations. 

Best Chocolate Cake

I made this for Hubby for his birthday, he is a man who loves cakes with cream/frosting. This is a simple, elegant looking cake which is rich with a sweet buttercream filling and frosting. I was really chuffed that the cake turned out great and resembled the one in the cookbook :)

Hubby loved this cake a lot, naming it the best birthday chocolate cake he has ever had. :)

Care for a slice of this delicious chocolate cake?

Happy Mother's Day to all mummies :)

Best Chocolate Cake
Recipe adapted from Marcus Wareing's "How to cook the perfect..."
Preparation time: 20-25 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves 8

225g self raising flour
25g cocoa powder
Pinch of fine salt
250g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
250g caster sugar
4 large eggs, beaten

For the frosting
200g icing sugar
4 tbsp cocoa powder
100g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1 tbsp milk
A handful flaked almonds

1. Preheat oven to 190°C (no fan). Grease two 20cm round cake tins with butter and line the bottom and sides with baking paper.

2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and salt into a bowl.

3. Using your electric mixer, cream the butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, and mix until incorporated. Turn the machine off.

4. Using a spatula, fold in the flour and cocoa mixture (from Step 2) one-third at a time until evenly incorporated.

5. Divide the mixture between the two tins and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. The cakes are ready when a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in tins for 10 mins, then remove and cool on wire rack before peeling off the baking paper.

6. To make the frosting, sift the icing sugar and 2 tbsp of cocoa powder into a bowl and beat in butter to make a smooth and fluffy frosting. Sandwich the cakes together with 2/3 of the icing. Add the remaining cocoa powder (2 tbsp) into the remaining 1/3 of the icing, and soften with a little milk to make a spreading consistency. Spread on top of the cake, then decorate with the almond flakes around the edges.

Handmade birthday card for the birthday boy :)

I am linking this to "Cook-Your-Books #12" hosted by Joyce and Bake Along #60 organised by Joyce from Kitchen Flavours, Lena from Frozen Wings and Zoe from Bake For Happy Kids.

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  1. Beautiful !! It looks good when you slice open it.

  2. Tho i am not a huge fan of chocolate but this cake looks pretty good!

  3. Hi Yen,

    I have a few things to say... First of all, Happy belated birthday to your hubby! Second, hope that you have a happy mothers' day this weekend! Last, chocolate cake.... I like :D


  4. Hi Yen,
    Happy Belated Birthday to your hubby!
    That is one lovely cake, perfect for a birthday celebration!
    Happy Mother's Day to you too!
    Enjoy your day!

  5. That looks like a nice cake.
    Happy Mother's Day, Yen! :-)

  6. Hi Yen! What a yummy chocolaty cake! And Happy Mother's Day to you in advance :)

  7. Your chocolate cake looks delicious and yes it does look very much like the one in the book :) Happy Mother's Day to the mum who has been doing a great job. Cheers!

  8. chocolate cake in my family very laku punya, hehehe..look sound absolutely good!

  9. Happy mother's day. Yen! This chocolate cake looks so moist and delicious!

  10. Hi Yen, first of all Happy Mother's Day to you in advance too! Wow, this chocolate cake is indeed yummy and irresistible!

  11. This cake is absolutely perfect for mother's day. Hope you and your family have a great time this coming Mother's Day.

  12. Hi Yen, wow... very delightful chocolate cake. So chocolatey and great to go with a cup of coffee. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Have a lovely week ahead,regards.

  13. Happy Mother's Day, Yen! So your hubby's birthday is in May, same like my Isabelle. Hers is on Sat, the 17th May! I thought your girl drew the picture, hehe! The cake looks very pretty!

  14. your layered cakes always look very pretty. i remember previously there was another choc cake with mascarpone filling that looks very pretty too. Happy mother's day to you!

  15. This layered chocolate looks so pretty! Perfect for mother's day!

  16. I love chocolate cake, and tried to bake a few times, but the result was rather pitiful.. I will try out this recipe coz it seem much simpler~ :)))


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