She never decorated it like I have here, that was for our daughter's birthday last year, but the icing is the one she always used to. (This decorating was inspired by this beauty that I found online and pinned. Actually this is a bit embarrassing because if you check out the inspiration you can see how woefully short I have fallen from it. I had a few technical difficulties cutting the Minstrels in half. Still if you don't peek at that one mine looks ok - it's all relative!)
7oz Caster Sugar (200g or 1 cup)
1 teasp Vanilla Essence
Next pop the flour, cocoa powder and sugar in a bowl.
Chop the marg/butter into chunks and add to the flour mix.
Now this is where the method is so different from the regular sponge recipe. You rub the fat into the flour mix, like you would if you were making pastry.
How does that work then? I think it's magic, my son says it's science! Just rub the lumps in too.
Next mix the eggs with the evaporated milk and water in a jug, just combine them with a fork,
then pour in to your flour/fat mix.
Then pour it into your prepared tins.
Bake for 30 - 40 minutes until it looks like this.
To tell it's done you just open the oven door and carefully reach in an press lightly in the middle of the cake. If it leaves a dent like this...
...carefully close the oven door and give the cake another 5 minutes, then test again.
Cool on a wire rack then get ready to decorate. My mum always used this fudge icing recipe.
Makes enough to cover the inside and top of your 8" round cake
Printable version here
- Melt the marg and add the cocoa powder
- Heat the milk in a mug in the microwave till hot but not boiling
- Add the milk and vanilla essence to the marg
- Sieve in the icing sugar and beat till thick and smooth
Use half the icing to sandwich the layers together and the other half on the top. Swirl it round a bit, and add what ever else you like.
Here I used White and Milk Chocolate Buttons, Minstrels, Maltesers and piped a bit of melted white and milk chocolate.
This is the same cake from a few years back, funnily enough decorated with exactly the same sweets!
This is the version my 2 teenage sons made for my Birthday earlier this year. Shoot, now you can all guess how old I am (and see how we like to reuse candles in our house!)
Of course you don't have to add anything extra, it's perfectly nice with just a swooch of icing!