Saturday, July 1, 2017

Canada Day, Saturday Recipe,

Wishing all my Canadian friends a very happy Canada Day weekend, it is Canada's 150th birthday and there are all kinds of celebrations arranged for today.

Having just been watching the Great British Bake Off I decided to use one of their recipes.

Mary Berry's Chocolate Cake

Try Mary Berry's chocolate cake recipe for a delicious and moist chocolate sponge cake with creamy chocolate icing. This easy chocolate cake recipe is simple and easy-to-follow, serving 6 people and taking only 50 mins to prepare and bake. Mary Berry's chocolate cake is perfect served with a drizzle of fresh cream for an indulgent dessert or afternoon snack with a cuppa. Store in an airtight container or cake tin for up to 2 days. If you have any of this moist chocolate cake recipe left after 2 days (unlikely!), we'd recommend warming a slice in the microwave for about 10 seconds and serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is our best chocolate cake recipe and is part of Mary Berry's
three cakes in one recipe, taken from Mary Berry's Stress-free Kitchen. Mary Berry's chocolate cake will keep for 3 days in the fridge, but the icing will lose its shine.

For the chocolate cake:
3 large eggs
175 g (6 oz) self-raising flour
175 g (6 oz)caster sugar
175 g (6 oz) softened butter
1 ½ level tsp baking powder
40 g (1 ½ oz) cocoa powder
4 Tbs boiling water
A little icing sugar, to serve
For the chocolate spreading/ganache icing:
150 ml (5fl oz) double cream
150 g (5oz) plain chocolate, broken into pieces
4 Tbs apricot jam
You'll also need:
2 17cm (7 in) deep sandwich tins, greased and lined with non-stick baking paper

1. Preheat the oven to 180C, gas 4.

2. Beat together the eggs, flour, caster sugar, butter and baking powder until smooth in a large mixing bowl.

3. Put the cocoa in separate mixing bowl, and add the water a little at a time to make a stiff paste. Add to the cake mixture.

4. Turn into the prepared tins, level the top and bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 mins, or until shrinking away from the sides of the tin and springy to the touch.

5. Leave to cool in the tin, then turn on to a wire rack to become completely cold before icing.

6. To make the icing: measure the cream and chocolate into a bowl and carefully melt over a pan of hot water over a low heat, or gently in the microwave for 1 min (600w microwave). Stir until melted, then set aside to cool a little and to thicken up.

7. To ice the cake: spread the apricot jam on the top of each cake. Spread half of the ganache icing on the top of the jam on one of the cakes, then lay the other cake on top, sandwiching them together.

8. Use the remaining ganache icing to ice the top of the cake in a swirl pattern. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

Servings: 6

Source: Recipe taken from Mary Berry's Stress-Free Kitchen by Mary Berry

Have a great Holiday Weekend


  1. I hope you had a great Canada Day! Were you able to see fireworks from your windows/balcony at all?

    1. Thanks JoJo, a quiet day for us. The main fireworks probably will be on Monday night. There is someone who was letting them off at midnight the last couple of nights.

  2. Wishing you a happy Canada Day. Australia is older than Canada? Wow!

    1. It's a sort of bogus date anyway isn't it Pinky. It's the date of Confederation. The country had been running for a while before that.