I hope you've had a wonderful Christmas weekend. We certainly did! In fact we're enjoying a whole week of family time as the hangar is closed and Mark is home to 'play' with us all! Yesterday I was having technical difficulties with both the internet and Blogger ... so I am a day late ... but family fun-time and not stressing the little things was definitely more important!!
As I've mentioned before, we've been setting more and more of our own family traditions when it comes to Christmas as our little family grows. When we moved to America we thought the giant cupcake cake moulds looked really fun and full of potential and our first Christmas here we made an alternative Chocolate Christmas Tree Christmas Cake, instead of the more traditional British rich fruit cake.
In the two Christmas' that have followed we thought it was too fun not to do and this year Abigail had a lot of fun decorating it with her Daddy on Christmas Eve!
When it was Abigail's first birthday we realised that we didn't have a chocolate cake recipe ... so went hunting through some books and found a great easy rich delicious one that we have used for every birthday (and Christmas) cake ever since. So here it is ... enjoy!
- 1 1/3 cups (200g) Self-raising flour
- 1/2 cup (50g) cocoa powder
- 125g butter, softened
- 1/2t vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups (275g) caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup (160 ml) water
- Sift flour and cocoa into a bowl
- Add remaining ingredients & beat on low until combined
- Increase speed until smooth & changed colour
- Spread into prepared pans
- Bake in moderate oven (350/180) til cooked
- Stand in pans 5-10 mins, then turn onto a wire rack to cool