Name of baker
Name of cake
Classic chocolate cake recipe from my homeland of New Zealand
175g butter, softened
1tsp vanilla essence
1 ¾ cups sugar
½ cup cocoa
2 cups plain flour
2tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
Grease a lined 22cm round cake tin.
Pre-heat oven to 180c
Cream butter, vanilla essence and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Sift cocoa, flour and baking powder together. Add to creamed mixture. Add milk slowly.
Pour into cake tin and bake for 30 minutes.
Make a round cake, four small rectangular cakes and one loaf so you’ll have all the pieces you need to make the dragon.
I have to confess that I found the instructions for building the dragon cake online here
I did a ‘crumb coat’ of the icing first, which I left for a few hours. This sealed in the crumbs and stopped them from coming through the top layer of icing. It’s a great technique that gives your cake a more professional finish. The hardest part was getting the scaly texture of the icing to look deliberate and dragon-like. When all was done I added edible gold spray to make the dragon sparkle.
About the baker
I have lived in Hackney for more than 10 years and love this community. I volunteer with a few local organisations and thoroughly enjoy being as involved as I can in things going on in this vibrant corner of London.
I have baked quirky – and sometimes downright weird – cakes for friends and family for years but volunteering with Free Cakes for Hackney Kids gives me the chance to try some of the fun creations that children appreciate. I am loving every minute of it and looking forward to the next challenge. I like the anonymity of making a child or family a cake – it’s a bit like being a baking fairy!