Monday, 29 July 2013

The power of blog and chocolate cake

As you may have guessed by now I really enjoy blogging and reading other people's blogs ! Sometimes it gets squeezed out in the hurle burly of life , especially as I know a quick five minute catch-up can turn into a couple of hours.
This week I am enjoying blogging as Pickle-Lily is away at Guide Camp and they have set up a blog for families to follow. I checked it to see if they had got there safely - they had, of course , and I'm enjoying the pictures and reading the girls posts. I am not a worrying mum, P has been to camp on many occasions and I know she will be safe, happy and well cared for, but it's good to see her enjoying herself, and have an idea of what she may be talking about on her return!
I also used a blog to create Mr P-L's birthday cake last week.
Happy Birthday!

The idea came from the Crafty Ribbons blog - using the basic chocolate madeira cake recipe below.

You need - for the chocolate cake
250g caster sugar
250g soft margarine
4 eggs
2 tablespoons of milk
260g self-raising flour
40g cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder

To make
1. Cream the margarine and sugar together until light and fluffy.
2. Mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder in alternate batches with the eggs and milk.
This means I stir in about quarter of the dry ingredients then an egg, then another quarter, then another egg and so on until it's all mixed together.
3. Put in a lined 8" cake tin and bake at 140C (Fan) for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
4. Cool.

To decorate
Pickle-Lily then mixed up a batch of chocolate butter cream, I can't give you the ingredients as she does this by taste, to spread on the top and side. We thought the Crafty Ribbons idea of kit-kats were better for an adult, so it took 18 of the two fingered kit-kats to go round the cake and four tubes of smarties on top. All held together with a ribbon we found.

I'm hoping I'm not too late to join in Handmade Monday - then it is just the case of throwing teenage son off the computer to visit the other blogs!


Ali said...

I am so going to have to make one of those cakes. It looks like chocolate heaven. Thanks for sharing.
Ali x

Lucy Blossom said...

If I had a cake like that I think I'd be in heaven - it looks delicious

CPC Wedding Stationery said...

Oooohhhh, it looks gorgeous. All those lovely chocolate Smarties - yum, yum. Hope you have a good week.

Anonymous said...

What a very civilised camp they must be at - electricity?
That cake looks .....amazing. ;)

Bath Bomb Creations said...

Looks a yummy cake ...

mrs brown said...

Cake looks great - what a fab idea to stick kit-kats round the sides! x

Anonymous said...

The cake looks delicious. I'm not sure those kit-kats would have lasted long enough to make it to the cake if I made it.

Kath Bee said...

I made one of those last year - never seen a cake vanish so quickly!

Delia Ryder said...

She will have great time jo and have so many lovely stories to share with you when she comes home. Loving the cake I may have to try that idea. Enjoy your time, hugs dee xx

Gertie said...

Yum Yum !!!!

Cocoa & Heart said...

Oh, I can never resist a chocolate cake! Enjoyed reading your blog - so interesting.

Natalie Jones said...

Oh. My. Godness. That cake! I LOVE it!