We had a wonderful birthday gathering for my stepfather’s 92nd birthday on Saturday, which coincided with my brother’s 52nd so celebrations all round! I was up in Peterborough on Friday so preparation time was limited and I am so grateful that Jo B our bookkeeper stepped in and made the cake in the picture for me. It is really yummy, and despite it being a very large cake, there is surprisingly little of it left after the weekend! Goodness knows how that happened…
- 640g plain flour, 400g golden caster sugar
- 160g light brown sugar, 80g cocoa powder
- 3½ tsp baking powder
- 2tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1tsp salt
- 5 eggs, 225ml buttermilk
- 2tbsp vanilla
- 280g melted and cooled butter
- 200ml corn oil
- 250ml Bailey’s
- 230ml water
- Preheat the oven to 180C/160C (fan)/gas mark 4/350F.
- Grease and line a 10” springform pan.
- Add all of Mix 1 (the dry items) into a large bowl. Place all Mix 2 (eggs and milk etc) into another bowl and whisk. Then using a third bowl, put in all of Mix 3 (butter and oil) and beat using an electric mixer, then add in Mix 4 to this same bowl. Then add Mix 1 and combine together on a low speed, then add Mix 2. When all ingredients are combined pour into the prepared tin.
- Bake for 50-55mins, or until a skewer pushed into the middle comes out clean, then cool the cake.
Bailey’s Fudge icing
- 200g dark chocolate
- 300g unsalted butter
- 300g icing sugar
- 80ml (or so) Bailey’s
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, and let cool slightly.
- In another bowl beat the butter and then add the icing sugar, and then slowly add the melted chocolate and finally the Bailey’s. You can add more or less Bailey’s depending on your taste and how thick you want the icing to be.
- Split the cake in half and fill with icing then spread the remaining over the top and sides.
Jo used chocolate curls and tiles to decorate the cake which were all made with thin layers of melted chocolate, but other options like more frosting and chopped nuts or chocolate vermicelli could be used just as effectively. Have fun!