Birthday cakes don’t always need to be pretty round sponge cakes. Why not make a box of Birthday brownies?
Brownies can be really pricey as they use a lot of expensive ingredients. This recipe (based on this BBC Good Food recipe) uses Tesco Value chocolate (at just 30p for 100g) as a cheaper alternative to cooking chocolate, as well as Tesco Value better and flour. Although still not the thriftiest cakes to make, they make a lovely gift and will definitely be appreciated by the lucky recipient!
185g unsalted butter, in small cubes
185g dark chocolate
85g plain flour
40g cocoa powder
100g milk chocolate
3 large eggs
275g golden caster sugar
1. Gently melt the butter and dark chocolate together in a non-stick saucepan. Once melted, set aside to cool
2. Pre-heat the oven to 180℃/350℉/Gas Mark 4 and line the base of a 20cm square tin
3. Chop the milk chocolate into small chunks
4. Break the eggs into a large bowl, then add the caster sugar and whisk using a handheld mixer on max speed, until thick and creamy and double the original volume. Be patient as this can take upwards of 5 minutes
5. Gently fold the cooled chocolate and butter mix into the bowl with the eggs and sugar, using a rubber spatula
6. Sieve the flour and cocoa powder into the bowl and fold in very carefully, making sure you don’t knock the air out
7. Stir in the chopped milk chocolate
8. Gently pour the brownie batter into the prepared tin and bake in the centre of the pre-heated oven for 25 minutes, or until the cake no longer wobbles in the centre
9. Leave to cool completely, before cutting into squares
10. Pack in a pretty box with candles and give to the lucky Birthday boy or girl!