Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Chocolate Button Cake

It's my younger son's birthday at the weekend, I won't see him but my husband is going to visit today to help him move into a new flat and taking the cake with him.  Because I had to make it a little early I chose a recipe which is made with oil and  has good keeping qualities.  It's also a brilliant cake if you don't have an electric mixer because it's easy to make with just a wooden spoon.

Chocolate Cake
190g plain flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp bicarb of soda
1tsp baking powder
150g caster sugar
2tbsp golden syrup
2 eggs, beaten
150ml vegetable oil
150ml milk

1. Heat the oven to 160C, grease and line two 20cm sandwich tins.
2. Sieve the flour, cocoa, bicarb, baking powder and caster sugar into a large bowl.
3. Add the syrup, beaten eggs, oil and milk.
4. Beat well and pour into the tins.
5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until firm to the touch.
6. Turn onto a wire rack, remove the paper and leave to cool.

Chocolate Icing
50g cocoa powder
2-3 tbsp hot water
50g butter
200g icing sugar, sifted
Packet of Giant Chocolate Buttons

1. Put the cocoa, hot water and butter in a bowl and beat until smooth.
2. Add the icing sugar to make a thick icing
3. Fill and top the cake with the icing and decorate with the chocolate buttons


  1. Happy birthday to your son! Sorry you don't get to go and see him, though.
    I haven't seen sponge done that way before - with the syrup and oil - but I can see how it would keep lovely and moist and it looks absolutely delicious!

  2. I'm sure he'll have a great birthday, with such a splendid cake on it's way. Great idea about the vegetable oil, I must remember next time I'm baking ahead:-) Jude x

  3. I was lured on my first visit due to the title of your post and of course my curiosity. Not what I assumed and yet, such a lovely surprise. Those chocolate buttons are a great decorative idea. Thanks for sharing and Happy B-Day to your son ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,

  4. Is it wrong I really want to eat this now? At just gone 9am?

  5. how could he not love his mum... adorable cake!

  6. This reminds me of my mum's chocolate cake - She always used to put chocolate buttons or smarties on chocolate cake when we were younger!

  7. This is just my sort of cake. I love buttons and the sponge looks very good. I also agree on the tip about using oil, works wonders!

  8. Ha ha, I make all of my cakes with just a wooden spoon - or nearly all anyway! Your cake looks lovely and I bet it will be appreciated by the birthday boy.

  9. Lucky son! Sad you did not get to see him though but a new flat how exciting! Love the way the icing is oozing out just makes you want to lick it! Yummy yum yum.

  10. Cake and Chocolate = Chocolate Cake which makes for a perfect birthday cake in my books. Hope your son enjoys it and his new flat, what a shame you won't get to share a slice with him.

  11. Happy birthday to your son! A chocolate cake is the best birthday cake :) I love the chocolate buttons too :)

  12. ahhh... your son is lucky! I love the buttons on the cake, so gorgeous and I surely love chocolate too!

    thx for sharing =)

  13. What a wonderful birthday cake. I'm sure your son must be over the moon. Janice, just to say that I posted the ticket winners up on le blog today and so if you could drop me a line with your address, Waverley can send you a couple of tickets to the macaron event. Cheers. J xo

  14. I am a chocolate button addict and I would just LOVE this cake! It looks fabulous Janice and a happy birthday to your son too.....

  15. Looks great - what a lucky boy! And what is it with chocolate buttons - just so addictive!

  16. Ooh how lovely! Love chocolate buttons and this looks soooo yummy!

  17. Oh dear I don't think could trust myself with an open bag of giant buttons!

    The cake looks delicious, really dark and chocolatley!

  18. Wow! Another yummy recipe that I can't resist! Looks fab especially with those chocolate buttons. Happy belated birthday to your son! :)


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