Chocolate box cakes

60 minutes


For the cakes

  • 225g of self-raising flour
  • 225g of caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 40g of cocoa powder
  • 115g of butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 150ml of whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 75g of butter, softened
  • 3 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 200g of icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp of milk, mixed with 1 tsp vanilla extract

To decorate

  • 12 chocolates, of your choice


Heat oven to 180ºC/gas mark 4. Grease 12 x muffin or individual Victoria sandwich tins
Mix the flour, sugar, salt and cocoa together. Rub the butter into the flour mixture. Beat the eggs with the milk
Stir in the egg and milk mixture with the vanilla extract into the dry ingredients and beat well
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tins and bake for about 22 to 25 minutes until well risen. Allow them to cool before cutting the cakes in half
To make the buttercream, add the softened butter to the cocoa and then stir in the icing sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth and thick
Sandwich the cakes with buttercream in the middle and spread some buttercream on top. Decorate each cake with a chocolate from a box of chocolates