Mini Spiced Chocolate Berry Cake for Two (Or Three or One!)

image There is never too little time for birthday cake! Or too few people! This one fits nicely on a saucer and feeds two people more than adequately. It also provided 78% of your daily cuteness and 57.6% of your daily smiles. image It’s also spiced-chocolate flavour, with some delicious tart blackberry jam and mint leaves to decorate 🙂 image Note: I found the jam a little sweet, so maybe use a coulis or a berry reduction 🙂 Mini Spiced Chocolate Berry Cake for Two Ingredients: Mini Cake: 75g butter 2 Tbsp white sugar 1 egg 3/4 tsp baking powder 2 tsp cocoa 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 cup flour 3 tsp milk Frosting: 2 Tbsp softened butter Vanilla extract 4-6 Tbsp icing sugar 2 tsp milk To decorate and fill: Jam of your choice Mint leaves Walnuts Cinnamon to dust Instructions: Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and pale. Mix in the egg (don’t worry if it curdles…..!) until combined, this could take a while. Mix in the baking powder, cocoa and cinnamon, followed by the flour and milk. If the mixture still seems a little thick and not very light, add a bit more milk. Spread the batter onto the baking tray in three circles roughly the same size. They will spread so leave some space. Bake for 12 minutes, until the centres spring back when lightly touched. Cool on the trays. When you are ready to assemble, make the frosting. Beat the butter, vanilla and some icing sugar until creamy and light, then add more icing sugar and milk until you have your desired fluffy and delicious consistency! Using a circle cutter of some sort (I used a tin!), cut the three cakes into rounds. Place the bottom layer on a plate, spread on 1/3 of the frosting, followed by some jam. Then place another layer on top and repeat. For the top layer, I iced and decorated it separately before placing it on top so I didn’t squish the cake. Spread on the remaining frosting and arrange the walnuts, jam dots and mint leaves around the edges. Place on top and dust with cinnamon. Done! You could easily do this quite a few hours before, and then present it later. IMG_1975IMG_1973 image image

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