Hi everyone! Welcome to the first ‘Baking with Chelsea’! First in the series of many (hopefully). I love baking while blasting music, but unfortunately with my busy full-time working life, I don’t get as much time as I would like to create sweet treats. I love baking as to succeed, all you need to do is use correct measurements and ingredients – in doing this you will make something great. I believe baking is much like science, but much more fun (in my eyes, anyway), other people may say otherwise.
So this is the first ever baking session that I have documented and it was actually pretty fun. I thought it might have been annoying having to take photos after doing every step, but it was fine, though I kept almost forgetting to take photos! For this post, I decided to make and bake a basic chocolate cake, fully from scratch! Not from a packet this time, woohoo! I hadn’t baked a cake in ages and I was feeling pretty motivated. I headed to the shops to grab the ingredients that I needed, and then I got straight into it!
What you need
- 1 cup self-raising flour, sifted
- 3 tbs cocoa powder, sifted
- 250g butter, melted
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup icing sugar, sifted
- 1 tsp cocoa powder, sifted
- 1 dash milk
- 2 tsp butter, softened
What to do
Let’s start with the cake..
- Pre-heat oven to 160C (normal or fan-forced)
- Line and oil a cake tin ready to go
I traced my tin on baking paper, and then cut it out and placed it in the tin. I also smeared butter all around the sides to avoid sticking.
3. Grab a large bowl to mix all ingredients in
4. Combine flour, cocoa, sugar, vanilla essence and melted butter
Flour, sugar and cocoa powder added, and ready to melt butter
I cut my butter into cubes before zapping in the microwave for 20 second intervals until butter has almost melted
While the butter was in the microwave, I added the vanilla essence
All above ingredients combined
5. Now it’s time to add the eggs! Mix for 1 minute.
I then added the eggs. I always crack into a mug before putting them into the bowl – just in case some shell comes out!
All ingredients now combined
6. Pour mixture into the lined cake tin and bake for 25-35 minutes. If the cake springs back, or inserted skewer comes out clean, it is cooked and ready.
Remember not to eat any leftover cake batter as it contains raw eggs!
I did all the dishes while my cake cooked, as it is good to get them out of the way!
Once cake is out of the oven, put aside to cool for 30 minutes to an hour (if you can resist – I found this quite hard)
- Once the cake is cooled, mix together icing sugar, cocoa powder, milk and butter in a medium bowl
2. Once combined, spread icing over cake evenly
3. Decorate! (If you like…) All I really had in the cupboard for this was Maltesers, so I added these on top!
4. SERVE and ENJOY!
I hope you all enjoyed my first baking post! Let me know what you think, and if you have any suggestions of things I should make!