Trick or treat chocolate cake - recipe

Trick or treat chocolate cake

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  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°C, gas mark 4). Grease and line three 8” circular cake tins.

  2. 2

    Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 260g Butter (unsalted)
    • 260g Unrefined dark muscovado sugar
  3. 3

    Gradually add the eggs one by one, mixing in between.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 5 Egg(s) (free range)
  4. 4

    Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold in.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 260g Self-raising white flour
    • 2½tsp Baking powder
  5. 5

    In a separate small bowl mix together the cocoa powder and boiling water to a paste then add to the mixture, stirring to combine.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 75g Cocoa powder
    • 8 tbsp Water (boiling)
  6. 6

    Once fully combined, carefully pour into the 3 prepared tins in equal measures.

  7. 7

    Bake the sponges in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted in the centre of the cake.

  8. 8

    Once baked, leave the sponges to cool on a wire rack.

  9. 9

    Once fully cooled, carefully cut out a large circle from the centre of two of the sponges using a pastry cutter, these will become the bottom and middle sponges.

  10. 10

    Place the bottom base on a cake board or cake stand that you want to present your cake on (it will be difficult to move once filled).

  11. 11

    Beat together the icing sugar, cocoa powder and butter to make your buttercream (you may need to add a splash of milk to loosen up).

    For this step you'll need:

    • 500g Icing sugar sifted
    • 75g Cocoa powder
    • 300g Butter (unsalted)
  12. 12

    Spread a thin layer of buttercream on the bottom layer of your cake (not covering the hole) and place the second layer on top.

  13. 13

    Fill the hole in the centre with your chocolate sweets.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 200g Chocolate sweets (m&m's or smarties)
  14. 14

    Spread a thin layer of buttercream on the top of the sponge and place the remaining sponge layer without the hole on top to seal in the sweets.

  15. 15

    With the remaining buttercream spread generously on the outside of the cake (or pipe if preferred).

  16. 16

    Decorate with chocolate sprinkles and serve.

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