Back to Work Double Chocolate Chip Cake with Fluffy White Buttercream

I’ve been dreading today for YEARS – after six years on a career break, spending wonderful time with my little ones, I’m finally going back to work. That idea alone would have been hard enough to accept but I’m also facing a horribly long/expensive/busy commute which I’ve never done before – previously I lived an easy half hour to 40 minute tube ride away and after big S was born I only worked 2 days a week!

The whole thing has been upsetting me for ages – I can’t bear the thought of trudging off in the dark to do a job I’m no longer sure about and missing so much family stuff…. I don’t suppose anyone wants to pay me to write my blog instead do they??

Anyway, to feed the girls when they get back from school tomorrow (while I’m still miles away ) I’ve made a rich and comforting double chocolate chip cake with fluffy white buttercream. I hope they like it ๐Ÿ™‚ … and I hope I get home early enough to enjoy it with them. Hopefully a less emotional post from me next time!

This recipe was inspired by and adapted from one that appeared on the fab blog lots of nice things

Double Chocolate Chip Cake with Fluffy White Buttercreamย (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)

make one cake

  • 330g self-raising flour
  • 5 tbsps cocoa powder
  • 220g caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsps bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 50g dairy-free chocolate, chopped
  • 290ml oat milk
  • 2 tbsps soya yogurt
  • 100g dairy-free spread, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

– Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Centigrade/Gas Mark 5

– Grease and line a deep cake tin

– Sift together the flour, cocoa, bicarb and salt

– Stir in the sugar

– Stir in the chopped chocolate

– In a separate bowl, mix together the oat milk, melted dairy-free spread, soya yogurt and vanilla.

– Mix the wet ingredients into the dry. Mix gently until well combined.

– Pour into the cake tin and bake forย 40-50 minutes, until a knife comes out clean

– Cool in the cake tin.

– Cut in half and fill with, and ice the top with velvety white buttercream

– Decorate as desired.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Good luck on going back to work! That must be hard. And if you find someone to pay you to write your blog, let me know! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. lucylox says:

      I will indeed let you know (that’s when the pig flies past the window!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. I hear you! And good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. That cake looks so good. I love the contrast between the chocolate cake and the white buttercream. And your decorations are adorable. I hope you had a good day working and a better day home.

    1. lucylox says:

      Thank you…it was much better to get home! The cake did turn out rather black and white in the end!

  3. livliveslife says:

    I know it’s a bit late, but good luck going back to work! Hopefully you’ll be surprised at how much you enjoy it! I suppose it will just make coming home to your family that much better ๐Ÿ™‚

    P.S. That cake looks and sounds amazing!!

    1. lucylox says:

      Thank so much… I didn’t enjoy it much but I’ll see how it goes…it was nice to come home to some homemade cake! X

  4. Somer says:

    You are breaking my heart. I think when we are lucky enough to be able to stay at home with young children that when it’s time to go back to work that it will surely be emotional. I’m dreading it myself, but I’ve still got a couple years.

    Marvelous cake my dear and best wishes to you, at least you will have some independent time with your commute, maybe you can catch up reading all the books you haven’t been able to read or study something new. xoxo

    1. lucylox says:

      It’s true, I’ve been so lucky being able to spend time with my children…. It’s hard to let that go. Enjoy your next couple of years to the max ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

      1. Somer says:

        I can’t wait to hear about this phase and how you like being back at work.

        p.s. I broke up with Good Clean Food and started my own blog

        http://www.vedgedout.com

  5. Starr says:

    Good luck with your return to work. It’s hard changing a routine one’s grown accustom to, I notice it when returning just from a vacation… Love the cake. What are the letters made out of, marshmallow? Did you make them yourself? So much cuter than piped, icing letters.

    1. lucylox says:

      You’re right, any change is hard. The letters are some kind of old fashioned candy sweet from a shop called ‘hope and greenwood’…. We didn’t have all the letters so it took a while to work out the phrase on top!

  6. sketchbooksandstuff says:

    Hi, I just wondered if you’d ever seen http://www.violets-vegan-comics.com it’s this really good company which makes comics for vegan children. I find it really inspiring and I would have really liked to have had comics like them when I was a vegan child. So maybe they’d be good for your little children? I love the look of your cake – I want to make one today!!

    1. lucylox says:

      I haven’t heard of them but will check out the link – thanks for the tip ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. sketchbooksandstuff says:

        you’re welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

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