Julia’s Final Chocolate Birthday Cake!

Chocolate buttermilk cake with wealthy chocolate frosting

(Serves 12-16)

250 g caster sugar
100 g brown sugar
Pinch of sea salt
5 eggs
250 ml buttermilk
250g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract
150 ml scorching water
350 g self elevating flour, sifted
100 g Dutch course of cocoa powder, sifted
Sprinkles, to serve

Chocolate cream cheese frosting

250 g full fats cream cheese, at room temperature
150 g unsalted butter, softened
120 g pure icing sugar, sifted
50 g Dutch course of cocoa powder, sifted
150 g 70% chocolate, melted and barely cooled


Preheat the oven to 180C and grease and line a 30×20 cm rectangular deep cake tin.

In a big bowl, whisk collectively the sugars, salt, eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, vanilla and half of the new water. Add in half of the flour and cocoa and gently whisk till simply mixed. Pour within the remaining scorching water and whisk to mix. End with the remaining flour and gently whisk till simply mixed.

Pour the batter into the ready cake pan and easy the highest with a spatula. Cook dinner within the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or till a skewer comes out nearly clear when examined, a number of crumbs are fantastic. Put aside to chill within the cake tin then switch to a serving board or plate.

In the meantime, for the frosting, place the cream cheese and butter within the giant bowl of the stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on a excessive pace till easy and lightweight. Scale back the pace to medium and add the icing sugar and cocoa powder and proceed to whisk. Stream within the melted chocolate and enhance to the very best pace. Whisk the frosting till voluminous and ethereal (round 2-3 minutes). Use a palette knife or spoon to easy the frosting over the cooled cake, making a swirled sample as you unfold. Scatter with sprinkles or your required ornament, reduce into squares and serve

What else I’m cooking…

Having fun with the final of Spring issues, like; asparagus gently poached in butter, lemon and water and eaten merely with boiled eggs and parsley; burrata with broad beans and mint and fried zucchini flowers filled with mozzarella and anchovy.

What I’m consuming…

I not too long ago returned from a phenomenal week in Japan the place we ate some actually particular meals. At all times a favorite is the very particular Monk in Kyoto, which is ready simply off the Thinker’s path. Chef and proprietor Yoshihiro Imai centres the complete meal across the wooden fireplace, together with essentially the most wonderful pizza and highlighting seasonal greens from native farms. A should go to!