It doesn’t matter which butter you use. Baking block or real butter is fine and both will work just as well. The extra bit of baking powder gives the recipe a bit of extra oomph when doing the all in one method so please don’t leave that out. I would really recommend using a good quality chocolate cocoa powder. I always stick to Callebaut and grab it from Amazon. This is the foil tray I used.
So lets bake…
This is such an easy recipe. So start off melting your butter in the microwave. Now put everything in a mixing bowl. The melted butter, oil, cocoa, flour, sugar, eggs and baking powder.
Mix this up on high for 30-40 seconds. Add this batter into your foil tray.
- It makes it easier move in and out of the oven if you then put this foil tray on a baking tray*
Put in a preheated oven on 160 fan for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
Once cooked take out the oven and leave to cool for 15 minutes. Now to make this extra moist, wrap the foil tray in cling film while still warm and put in the freezer until you want to pipe it. This will lock some moisture into the cake producing a really amazing cake.
To decorate this cake make some buttercream.
Soften the butter in the microwave then put this in the mixing bowl and mix on high for 5 minutes until pale and fluffy. Add in the icing sugar and vanilla and then mix again for another 4-5 minutes. Finally add in some boiling water until it is at a pipable consistency.
Seperate into bowls and add in some food colouring. I used Sugarflair Holly green and Colourmill tiffany, lavender and rose. I also added a drop of lavendar into the plain buttercream to make it a whiter colour. Add the white buttercream into a piping bag with 8B nozzle. Add the green buttercream into a piping bag with Jem 2d nozzle, the blue buttercream with a 172 nozzle, the pink buttercream with a 104 nozzle.
Start from the bottom and pipe slightly curved lines to form the bauble rows. Continue up in rows until the bauble is completed. Add on some coordinating sprinkles. I finished off this with a bauble top. This isnt edible so remove before eating.
This makes such an easy and cute xmas gift for family, friends and neighbours