This cake with a secret surprise in the middle takes a bit more effort to make, but the finished product is SO worth it! Make life easier for yourself and make the first cake beforehand and the second cake on the day that you need it.
Cooking time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Energy: 2117kJ per serving
Saturated Fat: 17g
Ingredients:For the chocolate loaf
- 125g butter, softened
- 125g castor sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 100g self-raising flour
- 40g cocoa
- 1-2 tbsp milk
- 175g butter, softened
- 175g castor sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 125g self-raising flour
- 1-2 tbsp milk
- 3 tbsp icing sugar. for dusting
- Heat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 1kg loaf tin with baking paper.
- Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla, mixing until the batter is smooth, then fold through the flour and cocoa. Loosen with milk if the batter is very stiff.
- Spoon the batter into the tin and bake for 45-50 minutes until the sponge is springy to the touch. Allow to cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, slice the cake into 8 thick slices and carefully stamp out a rabbit shape from each.
- Grease and line the loaf tin with baking paper; make the batter for the vanilla loaf in the same way.
- Spread half of the batter onto the base and sides of the cake tin. Line the rabbits in a row along the base of the tin and spread over the cake mixture, making sure to get it all around the rabbits.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a cake skewer comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and leave the loaf to cool completely. Dust the top of the loaf with the icing sugar.
Notes: You can use this method to make a loaf with almost anything in the middle - hearts, stars, teddy bears, as long as you have a cookie cutter, it should work!
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