Galaxy Chocolate, World Baking Day and The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake Recipe

Galaxy Chocolate, World Baking Day and The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake Recipe

Galaxy Chocolate, World Baking Day and The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake Recipe

Galaxy Chocolate, World Baking Day and

The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake Recipe

Galaxy Chocolate, World Baking Day and The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake Recipe

Galaxy Chocolate, World Baking Day and The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake Recipe

Do you remember when there was a walnut at the bottom of Walnut Whips (as well as the top), when cars had leather upholstery as standard, a holiday was a day trip to the beach, crisps had a little blue packet of salt in them, lemonade (and beer) came in refundable bottles with glass stoppers, a take away was only fish and chips, school trips were nature walks and chocolate cakes were simple and yet so light and moist? If you do, then you are showing your age as much as I am! But the point I am making is that food was simpler, pleasures were simpler and yet there was no compromising on taste, well not in the cakes and bakes department that is. My mum’s Milk Chocolate Cake is my most favourite of cakes – taken from an old Be-Ro cookbook, it was the first cake mum taught me to make – I used to make one every Sunday for afternoon tea to help her out, and, because even then, I loved baking! It is a simple cake made with cocoa rather than the usual rich chocolate cake of today, which always seem to have a bar of expensive (high cocoa solids) chocolate in the cake, as well as the filling and topping. However, there is a SECOND cake on my favourites list, and that is Anita’s Chocolate Cake, aka The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake; a recipe that has been passed on from friend to friend, with small tweaks made by each new recipe owner, including me.

Galaxy Chocolate, World Baking Day and The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake Recipe

Galaxy Chocolate, World Baking Day and The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake Recipe

This is a “Chinese Whispers” of a cake recipe – you know the old saying, as well as the child’s game, where you whisper something to a friend who then whispers it to another friend, and so on and so on, until the person at the end of the “chain” has to say what they thought they heard, which is usually NOTHING remotely like the original word or sentence! Well, this recipe is the same; it was Anita (the ex-girlfriend of a close friend’s son) who was the original recipe owner – none of us know where she got the recipe from, but we assume it was fairly old as the measurements are in Imperial, as in lbs and ounces. However, by the time the recipe had been passed on to me, the chocolate element was Nesquik drinking chocolate, and the first time I made it I changed the chocolate element to Galaxy drinking chocolate, as that is all I had at the time. I also embellished the recipe further with a Galaxy chocolate icing, thus making a Galaxy Chocolate Cake!

Galaxy Chocolate, World Baking Day and The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake Recipe

Galaxy Chocolate, World Baking Day and The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake Recipe

I hadn’t made the cake for ages, and so when Dom asked us all to turn to “cuttings, memories and clippings” for March’s Random Recipe Challenge, I was thrilled to see this handwritten recipe turn up in my random selection! I was also pleased to see that the recipe fitted TWO other baking challenges, We Should Cocoa, which is being guest hosted by Lucy of The Kitchen Maid this month, where the challenge is “Fame” and the World Baking Day challenge I am participating in this year, as it uses Stork margarine, who are one of the sponsors of the event. I was asked to be one of World Baking Day’s Ambassadors, and to showcase one of my favourite recipes, of which this is one. As part of the World Baking Day Ambassador challenge, I was also sent some lovely gifts – a Cath Kidston Cake Stand and lots of baking “accessories” such as cake cases etc. As this cake is a “whole” cake, I couldn’t use the cake stand or cake cases this time, but my daughter and I DID bake some fairy cakes, so I will be sharing the recipe and photos for those later.

Galaxy Chocolate, World Baking Day and The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake Recipe

Galaxy Chocolate, World Baking Day and The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake Recipe

World Baking Day is on May the 19th this year (2013), so make sure you get involved – liberate those pinnies and wooden spoons and Bake Brave with friends or family, using the hashtag #WorldBakingDay or #BakeBrave for Twitter; there is also a Face Book page here: World Baking Day, where you can share your baking photos and recipes.  Back to my “famous” recipe briefly, if you are wanting a simple cake recipe where taste is important but time is of a premium  then this is the recipe for you. And, if you DO make it, please let me know if you tweaked it at all……..or if my Galaxy chocolate tweak was perfect for you! I have made this cake in the past with fresh whipped cream and fresh fruit, as well as a base for that old retro classic Black Forest Gateau. That’s all for today, have a WONDERFUL Sunday and Happy St Patrick’s day to ALL my Irish friends! See you tomorrow with some new 5:3 diet recipes and a meal plan for Monday. Karen 

NB: When I came to make this cake this time, I had NO Galaxy drinking chocolate, so I used some French drinking chocolate, as you can see in the photos! Another tweak to the recipe!  K 

Galaxy Chocolate, World Baking Day and The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake Recipe

Galaxy Chocolate, World Baking Day and The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake Recipe

World Baking Day 2013

The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake

Serves 12 slices
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Allergy Egg, Wheat
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Formal Party, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentines day
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake is the result of passing around a recipe between friends, with each friend adding their own mark on the recipe! The original recipe was Anita's recipe and is supposed to be quite old, which is borne out by the fact that the original recipe is in Imperial measurements. This "famous" cake is baked and served in its many guises at mutual friend's parties, and my own addition to the recipe is the Galaxy chocolate filling and icing, as well as using Galaxy drinking chocolate and adding walnuts. This makes the loveliest, lightest and moistest chocolate sponge cake you have ever tasted!

Ingredients

Optional

  • 3 ounces (75g) walnuts (some kept whole for decoration and the rest roughly chopped)

Cake

  • 5 ounces (150g) SR flour (double sifted)
  • 3 ounces (75g) Galaxy drinking chocolate (or any other drinking chocolate such as Nesquik, Cadbury's etc)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 ounces (180g) caster sugar
  • 7 ounces (200g) soft margarine (I used Stork margarine)
  • 3 large free-range eggs
  • 3 tablespoons hot water (not boiling)

Chocolate Icing

  • 8 ounces (225g) Galaxy chocolate (broken into pieces, or chocolate of your choice)
  • 4 1/2 fluid ounces (125ml) double cream
  • 5 ounces (150g) softened butter (unsalted)
  • 8 ounces (225g) icing sugar (double sifted)

Note

The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake is the result of passing around a recipe between friends, with each friend adding their own mark on the recipe! The original recipe was Anita's recipe and is supposed to be quite old, which is borne out by the fact that the original recipe is in Imperial measurements. This "famous" cake is baked and served in its many guises at mutual friend's parties, and my own addition to the recipe is the Galaxy chocolate filling and icing, as well as using Galaxy drinking chocolate and adding walnuts. This makes the loveliest, lightest and moistest chocolate sponge cake you have ever tasted! You can freeze the sponge cakes before icing.

Directions

Step 1 Pre-heat oven to 175C/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line two cake tins measuring 20cms/8”. (Or one cake tin of the same diameter, but deeper)
Step 2 Whisk all of the cake ingredients together, except the hot water, until light and fluffy for at least 3 minutes. Then add the hot water and whisk again for 3 minutes until the cake mixture is extremely light and fluffy.
Step 3 Divide the cake mixture between the two prepared cake tins (or one cake tin if using) and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the cakes are firm to touch and well risen. (You can also check by inserting a skewer into the middle of the cakes, and if the skewer is clean when taken out, the cakes are cooked)
Step 4 Allow the cakes to cool in the tin for a few minutes, before carefully turning them out on to a wire cooking rack. Allow to cool completely before filling and icing.
Step 5 Meanwhile, make the icing/frosting. Sit a bowl over a pan of simmering water and add the Galaxy chocolate and cream to the bowl and gently melt, stirring all the time until the chocolate and cream are blended and smooth.
Step 6 Remove the chocolate and cream from the heat, then add the butter to the hot chocolate and cream mixture, stir it until smooth. Sift in half the icing sugar and mix well, add the remaining icing sugar and mix until very creamy and smooth. Set aside to cool until thickened.
Step 7 When you are ready to ice and fill the cakes, spread half of the icing/frosting over one of the cakes, and then place the other cake on top. (If using the walnuts, sprinkle the chopped walnuts over the icing before placing the cake on top)
Step 8 Gently swirl the rest of the icing/frosting over the top of the cake, pipe it on if you wish, and then decorate with walnuts if using. You can also add jam to the filing; cherry jams are lovely, or add some fresh fruit to the filling as well as decorating with fresh fruit on top.
Step 9 Serve in thin slices with tea or coffee.
Galaxy Chocolate, World Baking Day and The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake Recipe

Galaxy Chocolate, World Baking Day and The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Galaxy Chocolate, World Baking Day and The Famous Drinking Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Comments

  1. says

    Karen, your cakes always looks so sumptuous and this is of course no exception, it’s the sort of picture I want to dig write in and cut a slice out of. Lovely story, passed around recipes really are the best. Thanks for entering it into We Should Cocoa and also what a great World Baking Day Cake.

  2. says

    YUM! When I saw the words chocolate and galaxy I had to click through… this looks delicious!! I actually gave up eating chocolate about six years ago (due to a chocolate addiction!) but I still love baking with it so I’ll definitely be bookmarking this recipe! And yes I do remember all those things you mentioned! :-)

  3. says

    AMAZING chocolate cake. I adore galaxy as it’s nicely rich without being sickly as with this chocolate cake. It really looks so good and I’m more of a non-chocolate cake lover but I think I could handle a big slice of this and a cup of tea! I love your very neat pile of hand-written recipes too… very organised. Thanks so much for entering honey pie, you know I always love you on board xxx

  4. Fiona Matters says

    That cake looks fabulous. I’m quite keen on chocolate cake made using drinking chocolate. I am a huge fan of options and really like it! I will have to try this soon. Shared on google plus.

  5. says

    Mmm mmm – sounds delicious Karen. I’ve recently discovered I’m allergic to chocolate – I’d long suspected it but was in denial! It is not going to be possible for this chocoholic to give it up completely though, so the compromise I’ve made with myself is that I can only have chocolate when it is hand made, or in something hand baked.
    I suspect I might have to tell as many people as possible when I’m going to make this one, otherwise I might just hide in a cupboard and eat it all by myself in secret!
    Vohn x

  6. says

    That looks like a seriously good chocolate cake. I pretend to be all high brow and only eat dark chocolate but there’s a little part of me that absolutely loves Galaxy chocolate, ha!

  7. shelley jessup says

    Oh my goodness this looks amazing! I do enjoy chocolate & hazelnut so I think Id sprinkle chopped hazelnut on top.

  8. shelley jessup says

    Had to tweet this again as its my favourite cake from all your collection. Tweeted as @jessups

  9. says

    This looks wonderful and I’m looking forward to making it, I love you addition of walnuts. Just recently I tried a Galaxy taste test, using three different bars of Galaxy chocolate. I found all of them too sweet and because I’d bought large bars I didn’t want to eat it all and wondered what to do with it. Little by little it’s all been nibbled away but I wish I’d had this recipe, then I’d have had the ideal solution. Incidentally, I used your marvellous recipe in the Macmillan Cancer recipe book yesterday to make some chocolate buns and they turned out really well so thanks very much for that. :-)

  10. Frenchie~Isabelle says

    Oooooooh… Now THAT’s some serious chocolate cake… I shared the page link straight away with a lovely chocoholic friend of mine, thanks Karen!! :)

  11. Fiona Matters says

    This is definitely the cake I’m going to make for Easter. Thanks for the recipe. Shared on twitter.

  12. Amy says

    Brilliant. Such an eighties cake and I love your list of ‘do you remembers’. Yes I do! These days I seem to insist on unsalted butter and good quality dark chocolate, unsweetened cocoa etc. in my baking but this recipe is just like the ones I grew up with. And none the worse for it! I think the use of Galaxy chocolate makes it even more retro too. Really enjoyed this post.

  13. Susie Clayton says

    This looks amazing – really moist and not an expensive list of ingredients either! I’ll be giving it a go!

  14. Katie says

    Hi
    I have no chocolate powder and my mums ill!! I want to make her a chocolate cake so I think this is a really good idea :) I have one question…. What do you think about making it into cupcakes? I was just thinking because they are smaller and I can make lots :) just wondering x
    Thanks

      • etch says

        I did make this recipe as cucpakes and the cupcakes were just as amazing! sooo soft too touch that when i was taking them out of the mould they sort of changed thr shape :D That soft and fluffy!

  15. etch says

    I may sound naive, but which galaxy drinking chocolate are we talking about ?
    Is it the one we find in frozen section next to milk and all. or is it the hot chocolate mix in which we combine water? :/
    Plz do tell i plan on trying it this weekend

      • etch says

        I made the cake with cadbury drinking chocolate cuz thats all i could find in the store. I replaced the margarine with butter and the cake was extremelyyyyy soft and tastes reallly great! after a very long time ive found a chocolate cake thats going to add in my favorites!
        Just 2 minor issues…firstly the batter was less in quantity when i was filling in my 8 inch pans i realized if i divide it between 2 it will be thin..so i just poured it in one pan 8×3..it rose pretty well then i cut it in half to fill with icing.
        Secondly the color of the cake…it was very light brown..almnost like malt powder..i guess it could be due to cadbury’s color. It definitely was far from dark brown like ur cake is. Nevertheless an amazing cake :)

  16. Tracy Nixon says

    As it is chocolate week I am looking for chocolate recipes and inspiration! I am impressed, inspired and now drooling! WOOOO!

  17. Maya Russell says

    Would love to make this cake. It looks so rich, considering you use chocolate drinking powder. Thanks for the recipe.

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