This was the last ‘advent present’ I had to make for my team advent calendar and this recipient was the easiest to bake for, as he beats me on the sweet-tooth front. I figured, what could be sweeter than an Iced Chocolate Traybake???
I set about getting all the ingredients together and was pretty surprised when I realised that I needed apricot jam for the cake. Would apricot jam really go with chocolate cake and chocolate icing? Well I guess I was about to find out.
I mixed the cocoa powder and water to make a thick paste and put it aside to cool for a while before dumping all the ingredients in a bowl and whisking them together. Yes people – it is, literally, that easy!
I poured all the ingredients into my baking tray and put it in the oven for around 40minutes. Once out, I left it to cool and made myself a cup of tea before starting on the icing.
The icing was made up of chocolate melted with 6 tablespoons of water, which is then beaten in with the icing sugar (yum!). Once this was ready I spread the apricot jam over the cake and then the icing over this. I actually found it quite difficult to spread the icing evenly; the apricot jam made the icing difficult to work with.
I finally got a (almost) smooth look before I gave up. All that was left to do was to cut the traybake into squares, eat any stray crumbs, and pick the nicest-looking squares to go into the ‘advent present’; the rest of it got boxed up and carted off to family, friends and my tummy!
I absolutely loved this cake, as did the ‘advent present recipient’ and anyone else who managed to grab a slice from the kitchen before it disappeared. It is very sweet and might not be to everyone’s taste but personally, I found it scrumptious! I’m not the biggest chocolate cake fan but I absolutely loved this, the apricot jam went really well and the chocolate was not overpowering at all.