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Really simple Easter chocolate cake your kids can make

(We were gifted the food processor to use for this recipe) It is Easter. My daughter is baking, which can mean only one thing – there is a chocolate cake in the making! And most likely icing sugar all over the kitchen…. 😂

This is a really simple recipe adapted from The Kids Only Cookbook. The full review of this book is available here, but this is a great recipe resource for the kids. We got it in 2013 and are STILL using it regularly with them. This particular recipe, our simple Easter chocolate cake is perfect for the kids to make, as you can see. Even easier if you are lucky enough to own a VonShef mixer as well. Our stand mixer made the process of cooking so much easier for her. She is 13 and LOVES to bake, and having the right tools for the job can make so much difference.

Cuts back on the shouting and clearing up after they have been in the kitchen… 😉

Can you see my daughter taking the picture? Shiny or what!

Why don’t you have a bash at it too? Here are the details…

Really simple Easter chocolate cake the kids can make

This is a gorgeous simple Easter chocolate cake with a little icing twist that the kids will find fun and really simple to make.

For the cake:

  • 2 20in round cake tins
  • 180 ml milk
  • 3 eggs (Medium are best)
  • 225 g self-raising flour
  • 90 g cocoa powder (We used Bournville, which we think works brilliantly with baking.)
  • 275 g caster sugar
  • 180 ml vegetable oil (You will also need a little bit more for brushing the tin.)
  • 2 tsp baking powder

For the icing touches:

  • 300 g butter (You need double the icing sugar for the butter you have.)
  • 600 g icing sugar (This should make enough for 12 cupcakes and to decorate the top, including the details. But adjust up and down as you need to.)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (Adjust to your needs.)
  • food colurings
  • Piping bags and nozzles

For the cake:

  1. Get the oven ready, by heating it up to 180C, or gas mark 4

  2. Line your baking tins. The easiest way of doing this is drawing around the tin after popping it on the baking sheets. You can then cut out the right shape for whatever tins you have.

  3. Use a pastry brush to coat the tins with a little of the vegetable oil. Put the circle you just cut out of the baking sheet into the tin.

  4. Now – for the EASY bit. Just put ALL the ingredients into the mixer, and beat them together! If you don’t have a mixer, just add them all to a bowl and mix them all up. Hard!

  5. Keep beating/whisking until the batter or the cake looks really, really smooth.

  6. Divide the mixture you now have between the two tins. Make sure the tops of the cake are nice and smooth by using a spatula to level them out.

  7. Put the cakes into the oven, and cook for 25mins once the temperature of the oven has reached 180C.

  8. Remove them from the oven when they are ready. Test them – stick them with a skewer and if it comes out clean – you are done!

  9. Leave the cakes to cool on a wire rack.

For the icing:

  1. Set aside some of the butter cream mixture to keep which you will then colour for the Easter decorations.

  2. Use the remaining to make a batch of chocolate butter cream icing using your mixer; add the icing sugar (sieved) and the butter and cream them together.

  3. Once this is made – top your cake

  4. With the mixture set aside; make some different coloured butter cream icing by creaming the mixture together (ratio of half the butter to the icing sugar). Add different colouring and pop into different piping bags, and then HAVE LOTS OF FUN with your decorating.

Thanks very much to Sue Quinn, the author of the book we used for adapting this recipe. A great chocolate cake that is just right for kids.

For the Easter butter icing – this covers 6 cupcakes, so should be enough for the details, but do adjust as you see fit.

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I am SURE you will agree this is a really easy cake to make, and looks fabulous with a little bit of Easter icing on it too!

Thanks for stopping by to check out this simple Easter chocolate cake – why don’t you take a look at some of our other recipes while you are here?

We do have a load of other Easter activities – do take a look at these too if you have time.

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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