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Chocolate cake tips and recipes please! (merged)

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • twinktwink Forumite
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    milk chocolate icing from the bero book

    60g 21/2oz marg
    1tbsp cocoa
    250g 9oz icing sugar
    3 tbsps hot milk
    1 tsp vanilla essence

    melt marg, blending in cocoa then stir in icing sugar, milk and essence
    beat till smooth and thick
    it is a nice icing, 1tbsp = 1 x 15ml spoon
  • I always like to use a ganache - equal quantities of chocolate and double cream, plus icing sugar to taste. It sets quite quickly, so needs to be put on the cake asap.
  • chocolate fudge icing

    7 ozs icing sugar, 1 oz cocoa powder, 3ozs butter.

    Melt the butter in a pan, add the icing sugar and cocoa powder beat well, then leave to thicken for a while, spread on the top of a cake and use a fork to rough it up.................



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    One here :D
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  • clareskiclareski Forumite
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    I am very proud of the chocolate cake I have just made - sad I know. On previous occasions I have tried to make butter icing but have not got a clue with the proportions of butter to icing sugar, and I end up ruining the cake.

    I saw a receipe using double cream and chocolate melted together, but surely this will go off quickly?

    Any recommendations for me? It is just one layer of cake as I split the mixture between a fruit cake and a pineapple sponge (smiles smugly then remembers she cannot make icing!)

    Thanks
  • thriftlady_2thriftlady_2 Forumite
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    I used a chocolate and cream icing for my Christmas cake and it kept for a good 2 weeks ;) Although I wouldn't have thought you'd need to worry about chocolate cake keeping well - don't you just scoff it down :D ?

    For buttercream, I use 2 oz butter, 5 oz icing sugar and 1 oz cocoa.

    My mum used to pour plain melted choc over cakes. This was lovely but on a big cake it always cracks into shards when you cut. Although if you used a hot knife you might get away with it.
  • comping_catcomping_cat Forumite
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    This is a lovely fudge icing -

    1oz butter
    1 tbsp milk
    1 tbsp brown sugar
    2 tsp golden syrup
    3oz icing sugar
    1oz cocoa powder.

    Melt all aingredients together except the icing sugar and cocoa powder. When melted, mix in and pour over the cake.
  • clareskiclareski Forumite
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    catowen wrote:
    This is a lovely fudge icing -

    1oz butter
    1 tbsp milk
    1 tbsp brown sugar
    2 tsp golden syrup
    3oz icing sugar
    1oz cocoa powder.

    Melt all aingredients together except the icing sugar and cocoa powder. When melted, mix in and pour over the cake.

    God that sounds good.... I assume it is calorie free????
  • clareskiclareski Forumite
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    How easy was that!!

    Made it and it is now on my cake, too much really for just one half of a sandwich cake so there was lots left on the spoon to lick :p

    Thanks Catowen
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