Recipe: Easter Chocolate Cake

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Get the whole family involved and have fun decorating this tasty Easter chocolate cake.

Ingredients:

  • 175g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 175g light brown soft sugar
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp whole milk
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 4 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 pack of mini chocolate eggs, to decorate

For the icing:

  • 150g unsalted butter, softened
  • 150g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp whole milk
  • 1 x ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp cocoa

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Grease and line the base of 2 x 18cm cake tins with baking parchment. Using electric beaters, cream the butter and sugar in a bowl for 3 - 4 minutes until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then beat in the vanilla and milk.
  2. Gently beat in the flour and cocoa, mixing until smooth. Divide the batter between the tins and bake for 20 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Leave the cakes in the tins on a rack to cool.
  3. For the icing, beat the butter for 2 minutes until creamy, and then beat in the sugar for another 2 minutes. Warm the milk in a small pan, then beat into the butter and sugar with the vanilla and cocoa until smooth.
  4. Place one of the cakes on a plate and cover with icing. Sit the second cake on top and cover the top and sides with icing. Scatter the chocolate eggs over the cake and serve.