Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Galaxy Cake

This is a themed cake I made for my astronomer housemate. It was good chocolate cake if nothing else.


  • 220g self raising flour

  • 220g butter, at room temperature

  • 220g caster sugar

  • 4 large eggs

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

  • 1/2 tsp black food coloring

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 50g white chocolate chips

  • 140g butter, at room temperature again

  • 280g icing sugar

  • A bit more icing sugar to dust on a pattern.



  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.

  2. Mix the flour, 220g butter, caster sugar, eggs, cocoa powder, food coloring, vanilla extract and baking powder in a big bowl. Mix until it's a smooth texture.

  3. Mix in the chocolate chips.

  4. Divide between two pre-buttered 7 or 8 inch sponge tins.

  5. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes.

  6. Remove from the oven, wait a minute for them to cool a tiny bit and then run a knife around the edge of the tins.

  7. Place to cool on a wire rack.

  8. After an hour or two when they are definitely fully cooled get the 140g of butter and put it in a bowl with half the icing sugar.

  9. Carefully mix until the butter has absorbed the icing sugar and then add the rest.

  10. Blend well until it's smooth.

  11. Take the cake half which has the roughest top and spread the majority of the butter icing over it.

  12. Place the other cake half on top and put a blob of the butter icing in the middle.

  13. Mark out a spiral on a piece of paper and carefully cut it out. Don't be tempted to fold it up as the way folding works won't make the spiral work. (Although folding can help you make the spiral even by marking the paper into quarters.

  14. Place the paper over the cake and carefully dust the icing sugar onto it.

  15. Remove the paper by slowly lifting it directly upwards and then over to one side.

  16. Serve the cake.


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