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Easter baking ideas: Chocolate and vanilla drizzle cake


By Holly O'Neill
04th Apr 2021
Easter baking ideas: Chocolate and vanilla drizzle cake

We may be stuck at home but that doesn’t mean you can’t have the big Easter feast we’d usually share with our families. While a big three-course roast dinner might feel like overkill, a delicious Easter cake will always be appreciated, even if there’s only two of you to eat it.

Marks & Spencers have shared a gorgeous chocolate and vanilla drizzle cake recipe with us which serves 16 – perfect for family feasting this Easter weekend.

Easter Chocolate cake
Serves 16

Ingredients

For the sponge

  • 200g 70% cocoa solids dark chocolate
  • 175g butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 100ml milk
  • 2 tbsp espresso or strong instant coffee
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 200g self-raising flour


For the buttercream

  • 500g unsalted butter
  • 750g icing sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla essence


For the chocolate drizzle

  • 100g 70% cocoa solids dark chocolate
  • 250ml double cream
  • 2 tsp golden syrup
  • Chocolate eggs


Method

1 Heat the oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan/Gas 4. Finely chop the 70% cocoa solids dark chocolate. Sift the icing sugar. Grease and line 3 x 18cm sandwich tins. Melt 200g of the chocolate in the microwave in 30-second bursts. Set aside.

Put the remaining cake ingredients into a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the melted chocolate and beat until combined. Divide the mixture evenly among the tins.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cakes. Allow the cakes to cool, remove from the tins and wrap in clingfilm. Freeze for 1 hour so they firm up (or freeze until needed, then thaw slightly if making in advance).

Meanwhile, beat the butter with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add the icing sugar a bit at a time until combined. Add the vanilla essence and a pinch of salt; mix well.

When the cakes are firm, slice each in half horizontally to create 6 layers. Spread the first cake with buttercream. Top with another layer of cake and buttercream, and repeat until all 6 layers are stacked. Spread a thin coat of buttercream over the top and sides of the cake.

Put in the fridge to chill for 1 hour before spreading the cake with a thick layer of buttercream. Meanwhile, make the chocolate drizzle. Put the remaining 100g chocolate in a bowl. Heat the cream until just steaming, but not bubbling, then pour it over the chocolate. Leave for 5-10 minutes, add the golden syrup and stir until smooth. Transfer to a jug.

Remove the cake from the fridge and pour the chocolate mixture onto the centre of the cake. Spread it to the edges of the cake using a spatula, and encourage it to drip down the sides. Return the cake to the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up the topping. Decorate the top with chocolate eggs and cut into thin slices to serve.