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 do always use Homepride flour. 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 use
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 for an hour 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 for the tree. 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 172 nozzle. Add the green buttercream into a piping bag with Jem 2d nozzle. Start with the Christmas tree shape. Its really easy to mark a triangle shape first then turn this into a tree shape. Start from the bottom and pipe lines to form the tree branches. Continue up in rows until the tree is completed. Add on some sprinkles. Now finish off the remaining space with piping some stars from the plain buttercream.
Tip tip – This foil tray bake is perfect for gifts. And they are the right size to fit into a 6 cupcake box. Ta-da! Xmas gifts….. done!