Chocolate Matchmaker Birthday Cake

This is the perfect birthday cake for anyone with a rather large addiction to chocolate, and has definitely become a family favourite! It may look quite impressive but is very simple and effortless to make with a few easy steps. Serves 10+

Ingredients for cake:
400 grams of plain flour
400 grams of caster sugar
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda 
80 grams of good quality cocoa powder
250 grams of unsalted butter
4 large eggs
3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
300ml of sour cream

8 cadbury flakes
450 grams of Betty Crockers chocolate fudge icing  
300 grams of Nestle mint matchmakers 
Thorntons piped chocolate plack (optional)

1. Preheat over to gas mark 4/180°C/350ºF and line two 20cm sandwich tins with removable bases.
2.It is so simple just put all the ingredients together-flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa, butter, eggs, vanilla extract and sour cream, into a food processor and mix till you get a smooth mixture.(If you don't have a food processor mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl, beat in the soft butter, then whisk together the cocoa, sour cream, vanilla and eggs and then add to the bowl of mixture.
3.Divide the batter equally into the two tins.
4.Bake for 25-35 until a thin skewer comes out clean.
5.Leave cakes to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the tins.
6.Spread a layer of the chocolate fudge icing onto one of cakes and place the second cake on top.
7.Cover the whole cake in a equal layer of the chocolate fudge icing, be as generous as you like!
8.Now take the matchmakers and place them around the entire outside of the cake, making sure to firmly press them so that they are secure.
9.Cut the flakes into blocks, don't worry if some break they can still be added and will add more texture and effect to the cake.
10. The last step is optional and that is to add the chocolate plack, to make sure it stays in place, spread a thin layer of the chocolate fudge icing onto the back before adding.

Now all that is left is to enjoy! Happy baking. 

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