Country Road Kids

I love getting the Paula Joye Lifestyled newsletter every Friday and today it featured this Chocolate Cake from the Country Road Kids Video celebrating their 10th Birthday.

See the video here, it’s just to cute.

Country Road is one of my biggest inspirations I love the minimal clean lines of their homewares and this table setting with the cupcakes and chocolate cake is simply gorgeous.   Paula posted the recipe for the chocolate cake so I just had to share it with you also.

Country Road Chocolate Cake

Ingredients- Cake
2 tablespoons butter
2 heaped tablespoons good quality cocoa
1 cup self raising flour
1 cup sugar
1⁄2 cup milk
2 eggs
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla essence

Ingredients- The Icing
2 tablespoons butter 90g best quality dark chocolate 1 cup icing sugar 1⁄4 cup crème fraiche 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla essence

Method – Cake
Pre-heat the oven to 175C°.
Grease a 20cm round cake tin with butter and line the bottom of the tin with baking paper.
Melt the butter slowly in a small saucepan or in the microwave.
Put the sifted flour, cocoa and sugar into a bowl, then add the eggs, melted butter and milk.
Beat for 3 minutes or until all elements are mixed well to a smooth consistency and colour.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.
Bake for 40-45 minutes. To test if the cake is cooked, poke a skewer through the centre, if it comes out clean, it’s cooked. Cooking time may vary depending on your oven. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes then remove from the tin and place on a rack to continue cooling.

Method – Icing
Melt the butter and chocolate in a good-sized bowl over a pan of simmering water. While the chocolate and butter are cooling a little, sieve the icing sugar into another bowl.
Add the crème fraiche and vanilla essence to the cooled chocolate mixture, when all this is combined whisk in the sieved icing sugar. To adjust the consistency, you may need to add a little boiling water – about a teaspoon or so – it should be liquid enough to coat the cake easily, but thick enough not to drip off.
Spoon about a third of the icing on to the top of the cake and spread with a spatula until covered. Spread the sides of the cake with the remaining icing and leave a few minutes until set.
If desired you can make a two tiered cake by cutting the cake in half through the middle to create two layers and spread a generous amount of icing between the two layers.
Alternatively double the cake mix quantities and use two cake tins. Either way, you need to double the icing quantities.



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