We don't like marzipan, so our Easter cake is usually a chocolate one. We're off to Suffolk to our son tomorrow, and my contribution is this chocolate cake.
This is the recipe I use most often. It has oil instead of butter.
190g sr flour
2 tbspns cocoa powder
1 tspn bicarb. of soda
1 tspn baking powder
150g caster sugar
150ml veg. oil [I used sunflower]
2 tbspn golden syrup
2 beaten eggs
Grease and line 2 x20cm sandwich tins
Sift flour, cocoa, sugar, bicarb and baking powder into a bowl.
Beat the milk, oil, eggs and syrup together and add to the bowl.
Beat the mixture till well mixed.
Bake in the oven for 30-35 mins. [My cakes took 45 mins in my gas oven.]
Turn onto a wire rack and leave to cool.
For the icing you can use a chocolate butter cream, a ganache or this one, which I find isn't too sickly.
4 tbspn sieved cocoa powder
3 tbspns milk
150g sieved icing sugar
Melt butter in a pan and add the cocoa. Stir and heat gently for about a minute.
Stir in the icing sugar and milk.
Take it off the heat and beat it well, then leave to cool and thicken.
There's enough icing to sandwich the cakes together and to spread some on top.
I added chocolate eggs for my Easter cake.