The Royal Pastry Chefs have provided this delicious chocolate birthday cake recipe in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s 94th Birthday on 21 April 2020.

Cakes fit for a Queen! Photo: Facebook/The Royal Family


Cake sponges:

  • 15g vinegar
  • 300ml milk
  • 50ml vegetable oil
  • 60g butter (melted and cool)
  • 2 eggs
  • 5ml of vanilla essence
  • 250g of self-raising flour
  • 75g of cocoa powder
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 10g bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g white chocolate chips
  • cupcake cases

Buttercream Topping:

  • 90g of high percentage dark chocolate
  • 100g butter
  • 125g icing sugar

Note: Royal icing can be used instead of buttercream, which is available, pre-made, in shops and supermarkets*.
Add food colouring to create different colours.

*Royal Icing is available in Australia at Woolworths.


Cake sponge:

  • Preheat the oven to 150ºC
  • Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl
  • Whisk the eggs in a separate jug, with the vanilla essence, melted butter, oil, milk and vinegar
  • Slowly add the wet mixture into the dry mixture, little by little
  • Ensure the batter is smooth with no lumps
  • Finally add the chocolate chips (alternatives could be nuts, dried fruit)
  • Lay the cupcake cases onto a tray
  • Use a metal spoon to equally divide the mixture into the cases
  • Bake for around 15-18 minutes, take out of the oven when golden and springy on touch
  • Leave to cool

Buttercream icing:

  • Cream the sugar and butter together, until light and creamy
  • Add in the warm melted chocolate
  • If you have a piping bag to hand, pipe the icing on the top of cakes for decoration (otherwise gently use a teaspoon or small spatula to ice)

Royal icing:

  • If decorating with royal icing, roll the icing out and cut into circular disks
  • Lay the disc over the cupcake and mould to the required shape

Serves approximately 15.

Photo: Facebook/The Royal Family

Source: The Royal Family/Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe

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