Cooking time: 75 minutes
Serves: 12+ slices
Ingredients for cake:
- 200g caster sugar
- 200g self raising flour
- 200g chocolate
- 200g butter (room temperature)
- 2 tsp vanilla paste or extract
- 2 or 3 gratings of orange rind
- 6 eggs
Method for cake:
- Melt 200g of chocolate
- Meanwhile cream together the butter and the sugar using a spoon or electric whisk.
- Once the chocolate has melted add it to the creamed butter & sugar and stir well.
- Add an egg to the chocolate mixture then add a spoonful of the flour and mix with an electric whisk or by hand.
- Repeat this for each of the eggs.
- Add vanilla paste
- Add grating of orange
- finally add the rest of the flour
- Mix all the ingredients together well
- I used two 21cm Victoria Sandwich tins, but you could use one larger tin. Grease and flour your tin(s).
- Pour the mixture the tin(s)
- Cook for 30 to 40 minutes at 160C. Check at 30 minutes with a cake tester and remove from the oven if cake tester comes our cleanly.
- This recipe is based on a chocolate celebration cake the Jamie Oliver cooked for his daughter on Channel 4 “Carry on Cooking” during the Covid-19 Lockdown.
- It has already become a real favourite in my household and we’ll be making this for birthdays, anniversaries and any other suitable excuse we can find!
Method for buttercream:
- Melt 200g of chocolate in a bowl over boiling water 0 don’t let the bowl touch the water.
- Sieve the icing sugar into a seperate bowl
- Cube the butter and add to the bowl with the icing sugar
- Use an electric whisk to mix the icing sugar and butter until it forms a cream
- Add the melted chocolate and pinch of salt
- Mix again to incorporate the chocolate
- Now use this glue the cake together and cover all the surface and then decorate according to your celebration.