Tuesday 29 January 2013

How to: make a rolo chocolate brownie cake

Let's talk Valentine's Day. I fall very firmly into the do-something-nice or make-something-yourself camp of Valentine's day presents - it's a day for celebrating love, not celebrating presents after all!

So I reckon it's the perfect excuse to bake something nice. Here's the key to any chocolate lover's heart - how to make a ridiculously decadent rolo chocolate brownie cake! The valentines day recipe is from Baking Mad.

You'll need the following ingredients:

  • 125g self raising flour
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 185g butter
  • 225g dark muscovado sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 100ml milk
  • 3 packets of rolos (roughly 150g)
  • 50g dark chocolate chips
  • 50g white chocolate chips

& to start, heat your oven to 180 degrees (C). 

As this is a valentine's treat, I made the cake in a heart shaped pan (mine is from Ikea, but there's loads on amazon too). Grease the pan with butter (this means it'll come out smoothly and not stick to the sides).

Measure out the flour, cocoa powder & butter into a bowl and mix together until it forms a bread crumb consistency (I used a food processor, but you can mix it together with your fingers). Then stir in the sugar (mine looked a bit clumpy at this point, but that's okay!).

In another bowl beat the eggs and milk together, then add this into the dry mixture. Stir all together until you have a smoothish batter).

Pour the brownie mixture into the tin, smooth it over so it's pretty even (try not to splatter it everywhere like I did!) and add the rolos on top. Bake for 30 minutes (keep the oven closed while it's baking), then check to see if it's firm in the centre. If it's not, pop it back in for another ten minutes and check again.

When it's out, leave it to cool for a while, so you can take it out of the cake pan without burning yourself / the cake falling apart!

Then melt your chocolate chips (either in the microwave or in a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water) and drizzle this across the cake.

I went a bit mental when drizzling - a less is more approach may have been a bit classier! But I challenge you to try and control yourself with gooey chocolate - it's so much fun!

I surprised Craig with this (his eyes lit up when he saw it), and we both were so pleased with how good it was! The sponge is super moist & chocolatey, the little caramel splodges of melted rolo are brilliant & it's just so good! Yum. There's also more valentines day baking recipes here if you fancy giving it a go.


  1. Oh LORD this looks immense! Where did you learn your baking genius?! Everything I make tastes like egg :-( I swear! I might have to give this a go, tho, looks divine!xx

    1. All of my baking knowledge comes from my mum - she's an amazing baker! This recipe is really easy though, definitely worth giving it a go! x

  2. This has made me so happy - what a beauty of a cake! xxx

  3. Oh my, that looks AMAZING <3 xx


  4. I have no idea what to say except I would REALLY like a piece of this! x

  5. I seen this at work and a girl I work with who is on a diet warned me not to make it or bring it in ;)

    Goodbye diet...

    1. Ha ha... you're allowed the occasional treat, surely? x

  6. Guess what I am going to be doing next weekend now! Yum yum yum! And I second Morag's goodbyes...diet out the window!

  7. I just want to reach into the screen and eat the full thing! Brilliant work as per! xx

  8. This looks divine! I really wanted to bake my boyfriend something nice for valentines day (i agree, valentines day is a day for making something/doing something nice for someone else) and I think this will be it!

    Thanks Juliet :) x

  9. Definitely having a bash at this next week! Thanks for the recipe :D

  10. This looks mega tasty, I think there is the perfect amount of drizzly chocolate :)

  11. This looks so dangerous and WONDERFUL! AHH! I would steal if I could haha.

    Lela - www.LelaLONDON.com

  12. OMG This looks amazing! I have a silicone heart mould I havent used yet so I think this shall have to be its first use! xxx

  13. This looks so delicious, I could literally lick my computer screen at the moment xo

  14. Wow this looks amazing!!! great blog - from a fellow scot www.ashlylondon.blogspot.com xxx

  15. This looks amazing, and just in time for Valentine's Day!

    Found your blog via ocktailsinteacups.blogspot.co.uk, now following!



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