Recently it was one of my favourite auntie's (and my godmother) birthday, and to say thank you for always supporting me in my baking adventures, I decided to make her a cake.
Chocolate Cigarellos are a great way of making any cake look great with minimal effort, but they are quite expensive (costing up to £20 just for enough to make one cake). However, my friend Laura had recently made a cake substituting much cheaper chocolate fingers in place of the cigarellos and the results still looked really good. So I decided to copy her, opting for milk chocolate fingers to go with my raspberry and chocolate chip cake.
I made the cake by adding a couple of hand-fulls of raspberries and 100g of chocolate chips into my usual vanilla sponge mix. I like to slightly crush some of the raspberries with a fork before adding them to the cake. I find this really adds to the flavour and creates a nice texture. When the cake was cool I covered it with a vanilla butter cream (300g of butter, 500g of icing sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla extract and dash of milk creamed together) and lined up the chocolate fingers around the outside (I used around two and a half packets of Cadbury's milk chocolate fingers). I then filled the centre of the cake with raspberries and edible gold stars.
My auntie said it was very yummy!