Friday, January 22, 2010

It's Bake a Cake Day

I'm joining Simone at Linden Grove with her 'Bake a Cake Friday' project. Such a good idea! It's so nice to have homemade cake to cut into and eat with cups of warming tea when we get back from one of our weekend walks.

The cake above is just a normal '4,4,4,2' sponge cake recipe except I replaced one ounce of flour with cocoa powder. Here is the basic recipe-

4oz margarine or butter
4oz caster sugar
4oz self raising flour
2 eggs

Beat the sugar and margarine together then add the beaten eggs and mix them in. Fold in the flour until mixture is ready to place in the tin. I use a round tin with a cake tin liner.

For the topping I sometimes use a glace icing - I mix icing sugar and cocoa powder with a little warm water until it is firm but spreadable - or in this case a butter icing - cream the icing sugar, margarine and cocoa powder together - again until it is just right for spreading. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings from a bar of chocolate. I can't give exact amounts because I mix the icings by eye until they look right. Of course you could split the cake in two and put butter icing in between and glace icing on top for a special occasion.


  1. Hi Rosie!
    What a yummy treat for your Friday! Have a good weekend!xxx

  2. Oh it looks so nice, theres me trying to set a good example. I'll pass the recipe on to my daughter she is our cake baker. Yum....

  3. The cake looks delicious. I do love homemade cakes but the only person that makes them around here is my mum so I dont tend to have them very often.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  4. Yummy! I love the idea of putting a buttercream icing on top of the cake with chocolate shavings too! Have a lovely weekend, and now you have a lovley cake to come back to after your walks! x

  5. It look delicious...and a tasty way to start the weekend. Enjoy!


  6. Oh and heres me on a diet!!!! Get the kettle on - Im coming round. xxx

  7. Very Yummy looking cake, I will certainly try that recipe. ThankYou so much for sharing xxx
    Also Your Lovely trug filled with spring flowers brought an immediate skip to my heart and smile to my face :o)

  8. WOW,great cake..I am not much of a cake baker I'm afraid, but I am sure going to try again..this one inspired me..Love the spring flowers Rosie..we do need a bit of color...Its sooooo cold at the wouldn't believe it...Hoping for the weathere to change SOON!!

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