Last weekend your Love Middlesbrough Lasses whipped out their aprons and made a (dare we say) delicious cake. Honestly, we don’t know what was more fun, baking the cake or eating it. You may have seen on our Instagram that we baked, and the result of that baking *Easter chicks alert*
To make your very own Love Middlesbrough Easter cake here’s the recipe.
50g cocoa powder
100g melted milk chocolate
1 tsp orange flavouring
½ tsp red food colouring
175g icing sugar
25g cocoa powder
100g White Chocolate
Yellow Food colouring
Your favourite sweets (we love mini eggs)
Writing icing (sometimes called piping icing)
8” round tin
Love Mbro Heart Stencil
- Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 3, 160⁰C/150⁰C fan assisted. Grease tin or line with baking paper.
- Beat butter and sugar together in large bowl until creamy and light.
- Beat in eggs
- Mix in the flour and cocoa powder in sections to avoid mess
- Add milk chocolate, orange flavouring and red food colouring. Add more food colouring if necessary.
- Pour into the tin and bake for 1hr 15 minutes or until spongey (it should spring back when you touch it)
- Cool the cake on a tray while you mix the buttercream
- Mix the butter and icing sugar together and add in the cocoa powder, you can colour this too if you would like. If it seems dry then add a splash of milk.
- When your cake is cool, use your heart stencil to cut out your heart out, use a sharp knife and be careful. Cut the cake in half through the centre (horizontally) and separate the two pieces. We used two shallow tins so didn’t have to cut the cake in half.
- Spread the buttercream over one side of the cake evenly (use a spatula if you have one, if not a butter knife will do) then put the cake back together.
- Melt the white chocolate carefully (it burns easily) using 15-30 second bursts in the microwave or over a pot of hot water. Mix in the food colouring until it reaches your favourite shade of yellow
- Spread the chocolate evenly over the cake, spreading it across the sides.
- Go wild with decoration using your favourite sweets and chocolate. Use the writing icing to pipe your own message onto the top of the cake (make sure the chocolate is set before doing this)
- Enjoy your creation, it won’t last more than a day if you’re anything like us.
You don’t have to do a heart of course, we just thought it was very appropriate, you could do any shape you wanted…
What did we do with our off-cuts? We made truffles!
We crumbled the cake up and added it to our spare buttercream until it was pretty dense, but still mouldable. We then rolled them into balls and covered them in a mix of icing sugar and cocoa powder. It’s all very haphazard, but they taste nice no matter how you do them. We recommend you leave them in the fridge if you’re not eating them all straight away. If you put them on a lolly-pop stick and cover them in chocolate then you have cake pops, unfortunately we didn’t have lolly-pop sticks.
What we want you to do now is go to the supermarket, buy your ingredients, then go home, get in the kitchen and bake! Once you’ve made your creation, take a photo and upload it to Instagram and tag us @lovembro so we can *drool* over your tasty creations!
Love Middlesbrough Lasses