Chocolate Bow Cake - Angela A .

This pretty cake takes a few hours to create and a little bit of patience but it’s not hard to make. I recommend it for any cake-making beginner who wants to impress
their family and friends.

Method - Cake

  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 170°C fan-forced and grease and line a 22cm round cake tin. In an electric mixer, beat the softened butter and caster sugar together until light and fluffy. With the mixer running, add the eggs one at a time then beat in the vanilla.

  2. Step 2

    In a large separate bowl, sift together the flours, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add half the flour mixture to the bowl and beat it in, then add half the milk. Repeat until everything is
    incorporated in the batter.

  3. Step 3

    Spread the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave the cake in the tin for 5 minutes then transfer, rightside-up to a wire rack to cool completely.

Method - Icing

  1. Step 1

    In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter for approximately 5 minutes. With the motor running, slowly add the icing sugar. Pour in vanilla essence and
    milk and mix until a semi-stiff texture is formed. Add a little extra milk if the icing is too thick.

Method - To Decorate

  1. Step 1

    Once the cake has fully cooled, use a serrated knife to trim the top of the cake so that it is flat. Using a palate knife, spread a thick layer of the Butter Cream Icing all over the cake, making sure that the edges are smooth.

  2. Step 2

    Knead the Ready-to-Roll icing until it is nice and smooth, then roll ⅔ of it out into a circle that isabout the thickness of a pencil. You can use corn flour to stop it sticking to your bench top. Carefully pick up the icing and place it on top of your cake, then smooth it out and trim off any excess.

  3. Step 3

    Knead some red (or any colour you like) food colouring through the rest of the Ready-to-Roll icing a little at a time until you get your desired colour, then roll it out and shape into a bow, hearts and little balls. To attach your decorations to the cake, brush the cake with a little bit of water and then gently press them on.

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