Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Milk Chocolate Birthday Cake

This cake is my fail-safe, go-to recipe when anyone asks me for a chocolate cake. I love milk chocolate, and shamefully I can admit that I don't like dark chocolate, (which is probably why I love this cake so much as it isn't incredibly dark like a chicago fudge cake or brownie is). I know some people would prefer nothing but a rich dark almost bitter cake - BUT this one is for all you lot who like me, remain a child at heart by opting to stick with the sweet milky kind. 

I think another reason why I always go back to this recipe time and time again is because it's also a really moist cake, which classically always tends to be only for dark chocolate cakes. The fact that it's moist also means it can keep for awhile (not that this tends to be a problem anyways as it's usually devoured instantly- especially at birthday parties!) 

This is a collab of two recipes which I put together, rather than one of my own complete creations. I have however adapted the cake recipe which is from Mary Berry's Baking Bible, the buttercream from Primrose bakery remains the same.... 
No pictures for you to see the inside unfortunately. I made it for a friend (originally she's from Thailand if you're wondering about the name.)

Note: You may question why it says to use dark chocolate in the buttercream for a 'Milk Chocolate Cake' but trust me on this one, you need to keep it dark because the bitterness is drowned out by all the sweetness from the icing sugar. 

Milk  Chocolate  Birthday  Cake


For the Cake:
275g plain flour
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 ½ tsp baking powder
215g caster sugar
3 tbsp golden syrup
3 large eggs
225ml sunflower oil
225ml milk

For the buttercream:
175g dark chocolate
225g butter, at room temperature
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g icing sugar

Dark or white chocolate, melted, to pipe a message


Preheat the oven to 160°C/300°F/gas 3. Grease and line the bases of two 20cm (8 inch) loose bottomed cake tins.

Place all cake ingredients into a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer for at least 2 minutes until the batter is smooth, shiny and there are no pockets of flour left. Pour into the prepared cake tins. 

Bake in the preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes or until well risen, and when a skewer is inserted it comes out clean. Leave the cakes to cool in their tins for a few minutes before turning out onto a wire rack and peeling off their parchment bases. Leave to cool completely. 

Meanwhile to make the icing, break the chocolate into pieces and melt in a bowl either in the microwave in small 30 second burst, stirring in between, or by using a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Leave the chocolate to cool slightly after melting.

In a large freestanding mixer, beat the butter, milk, vanilla and icing sugar until smooth and creamy. Then add in the melted chocolate and keep beating until all incorporated and it is thick and creamy. if it looks too runny to use, keep beating as it will thicken. 

To assemble, spread a third of the buttercream on top of one sponge and then sandwich this on top with the other sponge. Next spread the rest of the buttercream round the sides and top, smoothing out with a palette knife. You can decorate the cake however you like, I chose to melt some dark chocolate and pipe a simple 'Happy Birthday' message along with colourful sprinkles around the edge and a girly ribbon. 


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