Thursday, 25 August 2016

Chocolate Cake with Oreo Buttercream

Want a healthier cake? I have a solution, slice up a few different fruits and chuck them on top.. tada! No, that was a joke. What makes a cake healthier is the ingredients that go into it, I tend to supplement anything I can with something more nourishing. For example, instead of baking with granulated sugar, I used honey which is actually sweeter than sugar. In this case, behold a simple classic chocolate cake specially requested by my 8 year old brother. He said that I hadn't baked for him in a while, persuaded me and with the power of puppy dog eyes, this was the end result. Decorating cakes with fruits is a great way to get in your 5 a day and this was particularly helpful when it came to my little brothers. They sure do love cake but fruits and vegetables, not so much. This beautifully decadent chocolate cake is sure to quickly become one of your favourites.

What you need:
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 200g softened butter
  • Three quarter cup of honey
  • 4 beaten eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 55g cocoa powder
  • 7 tbsp boiling water


Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180° C (Gas mark 4).
  2. Grease two 8 inch sandwich tins and line them with baking paper.
  3. Blend cocoa powder with water to a smooth paste then set aside.
  4. Place butter, honey and eggs into a bowl then beat until mixed.Stir in cocoa paste and vanilla extract.
  5. Sift in flour and fold in gently.
  6. Divide mixture between the prepared tins then bake for 30 minutes
To make Oreo buttercream:

  • 8 tablespoons softened butter
  • half a tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 5 tablespoons crushed oreo cookies


  1. Using your electric mixer, cream butter and icing sugar adding about half a cup each time until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Add in vanilla extract and oreo crumbs, mix well.
  3. Your frosting is now ready to use. Fill piping bag then squeeze onto cake.

Happy baking.
Nokhuthula xo

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