Have you even done the school holidays properly if you haven’t done baking with kids?
No, is the answer.
I’ve mentioned before that the Bero rock buns are one of my favourite recipes to use with the kids as it’s simple enough and the end product is meant to look a mess.
Now both kids are a bit older, we have progressed to slightly more difficult recipes.
Don’t get me wrong, we aren’t quite to Great British Bake Off standards but we are partial to chocolate cake.
As with the rock buns we use the BeRo Chocolate Cake recipe, partly because it’s simple and partly because it’s the recipe my mum and I used to use when I was a child.
I would normally just stick the sponges together with buttercream and smother it all over the top, heck if we’re feeling really fancy we pop some cherry jam in too.
However, it’s the Easter holidays so we decided to make our chocolate cake into a nest!
BeRo Chocolate Cake Recipe
200g Self raising flour
225g Caster sugar
25g sifted cocoa powder
2 x eggs – medium
75ml Evaporated milk (normal milk works fine)
1 x tsp Vanilla essence
BeRo Chocolate Cake Method
Pre-heat oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4 and grease two 8 inch tins
Mix together the flour, sugar and cocoa
Rub in the marg
Beat the eggs with the milk
Stir the egg mixture, vanilla essence and water into the dry ingredients and mix well
Divide mixture between the tins and bake for 20-25 minutes
We tend to make a chocolate butter cream to sponge it together – roughly 100g of butter/margarine, 200g icing sugar and a tablespoon of cocoa.
I say roughly – I add icing sugar until the top stops sliding off the bottom.
So how do you make it an Easter Cake
I hear you cry?
Well you pop a nest on top of course.
We melted 200g of chocolate and stirred in 6 crushed Shredded Wheat then piled it on top of the chocolate cake in a nest like fashion (don’t judge us – we used our hands) then filled it with chocolate eggs.
The kids love making (and eating) this chocolate cake and everyone was well impressed with their decoration!
I would definitely recommend the BeRo Recipe book as there’s loads of simple cakes and biscuit recipes to do with the kids. We have adapted the cookie recipe to create these amazingly chewy and chocolatey cookies.