What's the nation's favourite cake?
A recent BBC survey has revealed the nation’s favourite cake. And guess what? It isn’t Victoria sponge, lemon drizzle, carrot cake or even Christmas cake: all guesses by baking aficionados on the Get Baking Facebook page. It seems that fans of afternoon tea and elevenses love to lap up that winning combination of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate slathered over and between rich cocoa sponge. I want a slice just writing about it...
27% of those surveyed named chocolate as their greatest gâteaux – with more women than men tending to favour it. So to celebrate (any excuse to Get Baking), we asked Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber to demonstrate how to make and decorate a simple chocolate cake. Follow this simple recipe and, once you've mastered the basics, find out how to take decorating to another layer using chocolate transfers.
We went to expert Chantal Coady to stir up some thoughts about what makes chocolate cake so tempting. Chocolate has long been valuable, priced stuff. Indeed Chantal told us that the ancient Mayans believed that cocoa was so sacred that they drank it from solid gold goblets. We’re regularly told that it’s good for us and it seems that our appetite for chocolate is forcing prices up – a single bar might cost £7 in the future. We can’t get enough of the stuff.
So when you combine rich, dreamy chocolate with homemade sponge cake. Well, that’s when the magic begins... If this isn't enough to make you reach for the nearest chocolate treat, enjoy our video homage to the chocolate cake, guaranteed to make your mouth water...
So, over to you, is chocolate really a superior sponge? What's your all-time favourite cake?
Get Baking for Children in Need! The BBC’s Get Baking campaign aims to inspire and encourage all those who are new to baking to roll their sleeves up and discover their flour power – with the added incentive of raising money for Children in Need.