Festive chocolate Christmas cake

250g unsalted butter, softened
300g brown sugar
3 eggs
300g sour cream
2 tsp natural vanilla extract
275g self-raising flour
50g cocoa powder
700g vanilla frosting
chocolate decorating gel, smarties and gingerbread figures, to decorate

1. Combine the butter and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat with the paddle attachment on medium speed for 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then gently fold in the sour cream and vanilla.

2. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder, then stir until smooth. Spoon ½ the mixture into a well-greased Décor® Microsafe™ 22cm/8.6″ Cake Tray, then microwave on high power for 7 minutes. Stand for 5 minutes, then invert to turn out. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Cool completely.

3. Use a serrated knife to split the cakes, then spread each with vanilla frosting and stack up. Cover with remaining frosting and smooth with a palette knife. Pipe chocolate gel lines for cables, then use smarties to create Christmas lights. Garnish with gingerbread figures.

Tip: Use your favourite biscuits and candy to decorate

Note: Cooking times are based on a 1000W microwave,
cooking times may vary depending on microwave wattage

Microsafe Cake Tray is for use in microwave ovens only.