Too many of the inhabitants of the blogosphere seem to be miserable this week, and I don’t like it. So I’m hosting a tea party to try to cheer everyone up.
If you want to join in, it’s easy. All you need to do is bake a cake like the one above – here’s the recipe!
For the cake –
- 175g/6oz self-raising flour
- 175g/6oz castor sugar
- 175g/6oz butter
- half a cup of cocoa powder or powdered hot chocolate – if you have both, that’s even better
- 3 free range eggs
- liberal quantities of chocolate chips
- 2-3 tablespoons of milk
- 300ml double cream
And for the topping –
- 100g of solid chocolate of your choosing
- 30g butter
Step 1. Heat your oven to 180C/160C/Gas Mark 4.
Step 2. Add all the ingredients that except those for the topping together in a bowl and beat them into a cake mixture.
Step 3. Divide the cake mixture evenly between two greased sandwich tins then place the tins in the oven to cook for 25 minutes.
Step 4. Remove tins from oven, tip cakes onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
Step 5. While the cakes are cooling whip the cream – if you do this by hand how long it takes is directly proportionate to how aggressive or irritable you’re feeling – then use the cream to sandwich the cakes together.
Step 6. Next melt the butter and solid chocolate in a pan, when it’s sufficiently runny use it to cover the top layer of the cake.
Step 7. Leave topping to set.
Once your cake is finished cut yourself a huge piece and pour yourself a cup of tea.
Then sit down. Stick on an old episode of the Gilmore Girls – or anything really, so long as it’s feel-good TV. And relax.
This is alright, isn’t it?
17 thoughts on “You’re All Invited to My Tea Party”
How sweet! Maybe I will try it. What is castor sugar though?
It’s the fine, light brown sugar. And according to wikipedia it’s not called castor sugar anywhere except the UK. Didn’t realise that, sorry! It suggests that it’s also known as baker’s sugar or extra fine sugar if that helps.
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I hope this makes you smile today.
Ive put a link to your tea part on my blog today, in hope to help someone else smile today. Kat 🙂
Thank you! I’m glad you liked it. Everyone deserves some time to sit down with a nice cup of tea and some cake every once in a while 🙂
Im not a baker, but what a great idea to put a smile on everyones face. Cheers to you! 🙂
Lovely… Two weeks without sugar, but now I am really really really tempted! What to do? 😉
You know what to do… 😉 x
What a sweet idea. I’m gonna pass on baking because its stupid hot where I live and even with the a/c I refuse to turn on the oven. Instead, I am gonna have that cup of tea and feel good tv. Thanks for making me smile.
You’re more than welcome 🙂
tea! cake! and chocolate cake at that! yumsk! you’re the hostess with the mostess. and i HEART your teapot 🙂
Thanks! It was a present from a friend but I think it’s from Wittards.
i thought i recognised it! i must have seen it in the window of our local branch
It is so more than alright… It’s wicked innit?
I can’t do baking owing to a temperamental oven. I’m just hoping the cakes get shared around 😀
Excellent idea. Well done you!
PS as an after thought I do a mean pavlova even with a rubbish oven.
I’m glad you like it 😀 And pavlova is just as good. Hope you enjoy it. Xx
Oh my what a fantastic idea! I am going to the super market in an hour or so to get some ingredients! You rock x
Awesome! The cake tastes really good, it’s my favourite recipe.
And thank you, you’re pretty fabulous yourself.