Saturday, 26 May 2012
3 large eggs
2 tbsp cocoa powder
200g self-raising powder
1 tsp baking powder
200g golden caster sugar
200g butter, unsalted
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the icing
1 tbsp cocoa powder
50g icing sugar
30g butter, unsalted
1 tbsp brandy
For the decorations
3 tbsp Dr Oetker Apricot glaze
Dr Oetker Ready to Roll White Icing
Dr Oetker Soft Silver Pearls
Queen Writing Icing (Black)
1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
Grease two 20cm sandwch tins and line with the baking parchment.
2. In a big mixing bowl sift the flour with the cocoa powder and baking powder.
3. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until the mixture is pale and creamy. Whisk the egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff. Add the egg/sugar mix to the big bowl with the flour and cocoa and mix well, adding vanilla extract too. Fold the egg whites in the mixture, using a large wooden spatula.
4. Spoon the mixture into two sandwich tins and smooth the tops with the spoon.
5. Bake the cake for about 20-25 minutes or until it feels firm. Using a wooden skewer, check that the cake is done.
6. Leave the cake out for about 10 minutes, then carefully move to the wire cooling rack and leave there until completely cool.
7.Prepare the icing by sifting the cocoa powder and the icng sugar in the bowl, then add the butter and the brandy, mix until it is smooth and shiny. If the icing is too thick, add another spoonful of brandy.
8. Spread the icing on top of the first layer and sandwich the two layers together.
9. Using a knife, spread the Apricot glaze over the top and sides of the cake.
10. Roll out the Ready to roll icing on a non-stick board to 5mm thickness.Drape the icing over the cake carefully. Use the rolling pin as a support tool to move the icing onto the cake without tearing it. Gently smooth the icing across the top of the cake, using your hands. Be careful not to leave the fingerprints, so don't press to hard. Smooth the icing down towards the base of the cake and trim any excess at the base with the knife.
11. Leave the cake for a day before decorating.
12. Trace the image on the parchment paper with a pencil. Once you are happy with the image, put the paper over the cake and using the big needle, pin prick the design carefully, without shifting the paper.
13. Remove the paper, now you have the design on the cake surface. Using the writing icing, carefully draw your design. Add the silver pearls at the end.