My super chocolate smartie cake

I’ve been on work experience at goodtoknow for the past two weeks and as the team has been so nice to me, I’ve made them a cake as a way of saying ‘Thanks for having me’.

I had so much fun making it, and it went down so well here that I’m going to share the recipe with you.

It takes a while to make but it’s well worth the effort. Making and eating a cake is a great way to spend a rainy day with the kids (or your friends), especially as you get to lick the bowl.

Ingredients:
175g (6oz) butter 175g (6oz) sugar 3 eggs
140g (5oz) self-raising flour 30g (1oz) cocoa powder 1tbsp maple golden syrup

For the filling:
60g (2oz) butter 125g (4oz) icing sugar 30g (1oz) cocoa powder

For the topping:
100g bar of milk chocolate
1 packet of Smarties

To make:
– Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/ Gas mark 5. Grease two 20cm sandwich tins.
– Mix the butter and sugar for the cake together until light and creamy. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and then add gradually to the mixture, beating well. Sieve the flour into the bowl and fold into the mixture.
– Add the cocoa powder and maple syrup and stir in. Divide the mixture evenly between the two tins, flatten the mixture with a knife and bake in the oven for 10-12mins, until light and springy to the touch.
– Leave to cool and remove from the tins. Meanwhile, mix the filling ingredients together with a splash of hot water. Once the cakes are cool, spread the filling on one and ‘sandwich’ the two cakes together.
– For the topping, melt the chocolate over a pan of hot water, spread over the cake and decorate with smarties. Leave in the fridge for the chocolate to set for about an hour, then enjoy!