Half-eaten chocolate cake

Big Garden Birdwatch chocolate cake

Bake yourself a Birdwatch beauty with this easy-to-make recipe. Decorate with chocolate and icing to make it into your favourite bird. We’d love to see what you do – share your photos with us using #BigGardenBirdWatch.


For cake

6 oz self-raising flour
6 oz softened butter
6 oz caster sugar
3 oz drinking chocolate
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons boiling water

For chocolate buttercream

3 oz unsalted butter
6 oz icing sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1-2 tablespoons milk

For decoration

You will also need chocolates and icing to turn your cake into a bird!

Man making a chocolate cake


To make the cake

  • Grease a nine-inch round tin.
  • Pre-heat oven to 180 °C, fan oven 160°C, gas mark 4.
  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Beat for at least two minutes.
  • Pour mixture into tin.
  • Cook in the middle of the oven for approximately 60 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Remove cake from tin and let it cool.

To decorate

  • To make the buttercream, beat the butter and sieved icing sugar until smooth.
  • Add in cocoa powder and milk to buttercream and mix until smooth.
  • Cover the cake with buttercream and decorate with chocolate and icing.

Tuck in and enjoy the Big Garden Birdwatch!

Chocolate cake in the shape of a bird