This chocolate cake is a favourite cake of both my girls, and as my oldest Siobhan loves white chocolate, I decided to make the icing with white rather than milk chocolate. Aldi have a huge range of home baking supplies and kitchen accessories on offer (5th-15th March), so it was straightforward and very economical to make our favourite chocolate cake recipe and share it with you.
I have made my chocolate cake with feather icing for Aldi’s blogger challenge, they wanted blogger’s to make and share their favourite recipe for their #bestbudgetbake campaign.
I love to make this recipe for my daughters and they like to help me as it is so easy to put together, and the best part of helping mum to make the cake is to lick the bowl afterwards. What made me laugh when I had finished the cake was that Lara, my youngest, said that the feathering looked like little moustaches. So it really needs another name now, but chocolate moustache cake doesn’t’ quite have the same ring to it!
I am still perfecting my feathering effect for the top of the cake, but even though it’s not quite at professional level I think the cake still has a great look to it, and my two little critics thought it looked wonderful and perfect for an afternoon tea treat.
I used the Digital Kitchen Scales Measuring Jug (6.99) and the Stainless Steel Slimline Electronic Kitchen Scale (6.99) to weigh out the ingredients ready to make the cake.
The measuring jug has a cleverly designed detachable jug, so you can accurately weigh your ingredients and then remove the jug to pour into your mixing bowl. A very handy addition to my kitchenware that not only is a clever design but also makes it easy to take out and clean too.
Weighing out all the ingredients before I begin baking is something I always do, and I teach my girls to do this as well. The electronic scale was just what I needed to get everything ready, as not only is it very accurate but it is small enough to fit neatly into my baking cupboard too.
Easy to store (hooray!) and easy to use (my 8 year old daughter used it too and found it very straightforward) and at £6.99 it’s a really good price, and for the price it is sturdier than you would imagine. If you are looking to replenish your kitchen accessories this March these would be great additions on performance as well as price.
For the cake
180 g unsalted butter, softened
180 g caster sugar (89p per 1kg pack in Aldi)
3 large eggs
180 g self-raising flour (45p per 1.5kg pack in Aldi)
1.5 teaspoons baking powder (69p per pack in Aldi)
2-3 tablespoons of drinking chocolate or malted chocolate drink
1-2 tablespoons of warm water
For the icing
4 tablespoons apricot jam
200 g white chocolate, broken into pieces
100 g dark chocolate, broken in pieces
80 ml double cream
- Preheat your oven to 180 C/ 350 F / Gas mark 4
- Grease and line your baking tin.
- Add the butter and sugar to a food mixer (or mix by hand) and cream until light and creamy.
- Whisk in the eggs and then gently fold in the flour, baking powder and drinking chocolate.
- Stir the warm water into the mixture and add to the baking tin.
- Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes, and check with a skewer to see if the cake is ready, if it comes out clean when inserted into the cake it is ready to remove from the oven.
- Remove from the tin and place on a wire rack to cool.
- While you are waiting for the cake to cool you can make the icing.
- Add the cream to a pan and warm through on a low heat, then add the white chocolate and stir until melted and a smooth consistency.
- Allow the mixture to cool slightly until thicker and set aside while you add the jam to the cake.
- Warm the apricot jam gently and then sieve before brushing onto the top of the cake.
- Next add the icing to the centre of the cake and spread with a palette knife until it is all covered.
- To achieve the feathered look, melt the dark chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water and add to a piping bag.
- Once you have cut the end of the piping bag, pipe even lines down the length of the cake.
- Once you have finished, take a cocktail stick and in the opposite direction drag the stick though the lines you have piped to create the feathered look.