I guess I couldn’t stop my self from writing my weekly post! It was my dog- Pluto’s birthday on the 1st of May and like every year, I decided to bake him a cake! Baking is definitely not my forte but I do love trying my hand at it! I used a recipe from bbc.co.uk but added my own twists to it (especially by adding the dark chocolate). The original recipe does have an icing as well but I decided not to make that since I decided to have the cake with vanilla ice-cream and a little bit of hot chocolate sauce instead.
Here’s the recipe. Hope you try making this at home. It’s really, really easy!
- 225g plain flour
- 350g brown sugar
- 85g cocoa powder
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 eggs
- 250ml milk
- 125 ml vegetable oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 small slabs of dark chocolate
- Baking pan/tin, oven, electric whisk , mixing bowl , measuring spoons, wooden spoon
You can use Caster Sugar/Brown Sugar/Stevia – whatever you prefer! Initially I was planning to use Stevia and hence photographed it, but then later changed my mind and decided to stick to brown sugar)
1) Preheat the oven to 180C.
2) Grease your baking tin/pan with vegetable oil or butter
3) Melt your Chocolate slabs in the microwave or by double-boiling it.
4) For the cake, place all of the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa power, baking soda, baking powder) into a large mixing bowl. Combine them will with a wooden spoon
5) Once all the dry ingredients have mixed well, add in the milk, eggs, melted chocolate, sugar and vanilla essence and whip the mixture well.
6) Add in vegetable oil to make the mixture a bit more smooth and silky.
7) Pour the cake batter between into your baking tin and bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes, or until the top is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
8) Once ready,remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool completely, still in it’s tin.
9) To assemble the cake, run a round-bladed knife around the inside of the cake tin to loosen the cake. Carefully remove the cakes from the tin
10) Serve the cake with hot chocolate and vanilla ice-cream since it doesn’t have any icing!
This cake was absolutely a delight to have and I’m so glad it turned out well. It wasn’t super sweet at all cause of the dark chocolate but since I had it vanilla ice-cream on the side, the flavors balanced each other. Even though it was Pluto’s birthday, he didn’t get to have more than a little bite for this cake is not really ‘dog friendly’.
Here are a couple of pictures of the birthday boy-