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When I make a cake to decorate I generally make it BIG! However, not everyone wants or needs a cake to feed 16 party guests so I've reduced this recipe down to make a regular cake. Don't worry, I have made it so I know the measurements are right, just don't expect it to turn out as big as my finished cake.
185g of unsalted butter
185g of caster sugar
170g of self- raising flour
15g of cocoa powder
I'm a big fan of my wooden spoon for making cakes but as the Little Man was helping me I decided to add some fun and used the mixer, he feels so grown up being in charge of switching it on and off.
We put the butter and sugar in the mixer and mixed until smooth.
Then we added the eggs one at a time mixing between each.
Then we took the bowl from the mixer and the Little Man sifted in the flour and cocoa powder and we folded them into the batter gently.
We put the cake batter into a 7 inch cake tin. We like to use silicone for smaller cakes, but a loose bottom tin which has been smeared with a little butter and lined with baking paper is just as good.
Bake at 180C/gas mark 5 for about 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
If you are unfamiliar with baking cakes may I give you some tips;
Do not open the oven during at least the first half of the cooking. I would leave this cake at least 25 minutes until checking.
Ovens do vary so you may need a little longer, do first check that the cake looks 'springy' before taking it out of the oven.
If it is springy then test it with a skewer, it will come out clean if the cake is ready, but if it isn't pop it back in for a little longer.
If you don't cook the cake long enough it will sink in the middle and be soggy.
If you cook it too long it will dry out and lose it's yummy moistness.
Here is the Little Man in action.
Here is my lovely little kitchen helper modelling my new oven gloves ;)
Here is a little video (only 11 seconds) of how I decorated the cake once cooked. In case you have no idea, it's the Pokemon Fennekin.
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