I love looking at bundt cakes, there are so many lovely moulds out there but up until last weekend I’ve only ever bought one. Then I spotted a lovely silicone mould while I was shopping in Morrisons for the #MorrisonsMum Blogging challenge and I decided to treat myself. I was lucky enough to be sent some vouchers so that I could see the effect of the new cheaper Morrisons, which will involve price cuts on items across the store while still offering award winning products like their meat and fish.
It was a funny bank holiday for us as we were going away on the Monday so I didn’t have a barbeque or long weekend shop to do. I did do roast lamb on the Saturday and the Morrisons lamb was very good quality, the cake we had afterwards was made in my new cake mould and was a chocolate chip cake with water icing and dusted with hot chocolate powder – which I find a nicer topping than the more bitter cocoa I use in the cake itself. My 2 and 4 year old helped me make the cake, although “helped” might be a bit strong. They were determined to eat the cake batter and got into a very impressive sticky mess but they had a great time.
375g Castor sugar
375g Unsalted butter (softened)
6 large eggs (beaten)
3tsp vanilla essence
375g Self raising flour
50g good quality cocoa powder
approx 100ml of whole milk
100g dark chocolate chips
butter and flour to line the cake mould
Water, Icing sugar and Hot Chocolate powder to dust
- Preheat your oven to 180c
- In a free standing mixer cream the sugar and softened butter
- Add the vanilla essence to the beaten egg then slowly add half the mixture to the buttercream.
- Add a few spoonfuls of the flour and mix thoroughly before adding the rest of the egg mixture.
- Add the cocoa to the remaining flour and mix before adding to the batter mix.
- Add the milk gradually until the mixture falls easily from a spoon, you may need slightly more or less.
- Butter the inside of the cake mould making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies of the pattern, then add a few spoonfuls of flour to the mould and tilt it around until the whole inside surface is covered in flour – this will stop the cake sticking and also help you see any points where you have missed greasing with the butter.
- Stir the chocolate chips into the cake batter then spoon into the mould and bake in the preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
- Once baked turn the cake out carefully onto a wire rack and leave to cool
- Mix up some water and icing sugar and drizzle over the cooled cake.
- Once the icing has begun to set dust with the hot chocolate powder.
I think the cake looks really pretty, if you fancy having a go yourself why not pick up the mould from your local Morrisons and while you’re there have a look for the yellow “I’m cheaper” signs to see what bargains you can pick up. Among the things I picked up were lots of fresh fruit and veg, jelly and cake decorations for my daughter’s birthday party next month and all the standard milk, washing powder, salad etc.