My awesome blogging buddy and good friend Estelle at the fabulous Estellosaurus.com came up with an epic idea for a collaboration.
Bring on the first ever Estellosaurus-UnicornFairy Baking Challenge…..Double Chocolate Loaf Cake
Estelle came up with the idea of a baking challenge. The challenge was to decide on a recipe, I would follow the original recipe and Estelle would do similar but ensure the recipe to be Lactose and Gluten Free. We decided on a double chocolate loaf cake we seen on BBC Good Food, and what better choice than a chocolate cake. Antony and Josie-Ann always ask me to bake them chocolate cake, but I have never actually attempted one.
Unicorn Fairy Version
- 175g Softened Butter
- 175g Golden Caster Sugar
- 3 Eggs
- 140g Self Raising Flour
- 85g Ground Almonds
- 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
- 100ml Milk
- 4 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
- 50g Chocolate Chips
- White Chocolate for decorating
This will make a 2lb loaf cake….
Heat oven to 160C fan/gas 3. Either grease your loaf tin or like I did, use a loaf liner as this is super easier than trying to get the cake out of the tin.
First make a batter, beat the butter and sugar until smooth and resembling like your favourite moisturiser, until light and fluffy. I used a mixer but you can use an electric whisk or the good old elbow grease, fight them bingo wings.
Beat in the eggs, flour, baking powder, almonds, milk and cocoa until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips and empty into your baking tin.
The recipe states bake for 45-50 mins until golden and a skewer poked in the centre comes out clean. Both of us found we needed an extra 15 minutes. Also both of our cakes cracked and looked earthquake like. Estelle stated this makes them look more rustic, this is why she is indeed so awesome!
Once cake is baked and smelling absolutely delish, let the cake cool down. I left it in the tin for this part. When the cake is cooled, I melted white chocolate in a bowl, over a saucepan of simmering water. Once melted, I drizzled on the best I could to decorate your cake. Then I added extra chocolate chips for decoration.
You could change this and add marshmallows, nuts, dark chocolate, salted caramel. This cake is great for a base to be as creative as you like.
I was really surprised how easy the cake was too make. I was worried the cake would be too rich, as after the obligatory licking the spoon wasn’t the best tasting. But in fact this is one of the nicest and moist chocolate cakes I have had. The family enjoyed the cake and currently only have a little slice left to fight over.
Estelle regularly reviews Gluten Free places, services and food. Make sure you check out Estelle’s version of the same cake here. Thank you to Estelle for asking me to collaborate as this was honestly so much fun. We even baked them the same time this morning, so we had an ongoing whats app conversation throughout. The only trouble living so far away from each other is we can’t do fun things like baking, looking at random unicorn items that we need, having a cuppa….but this was nice as baking the same time, was like we were doing this together.
I would throughly recommend for you to try this loaf cake. Have you a favourite cake recipe?