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Thousands of Bikers Ride in Tribute to ‘Hairy Biker’ Dave Myers

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Thousands of Bikers Ride in Tribute to ‘Hairy Biker’ Dave Myers

Thousands of bikers rode to Dave Myers’ hometown of Barrow in Furness to celebrate his life with a “Dave Day” tribute, wearing colourful shirts in his honour, after the Hairy Bikers star sadly passed away last spring.


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    Angela Top Tips | Chocolate Cake Kat Y (Ginge)

Written by Angela

Celebrate Dave Day

You may recall after Dave Myers of The Hairy Bikers sadly passed away last spring following a brave battle with cancer, as a tribute to him I shared with you a favourite Hairy Bikers recipe for mince and herby dumplings.

Well, last weekend at least 46,000 bikers rode from The Ace Cafe in London to Barrow in Furness, the home town of Dave Myers, to celebrate him with a ‘Dave Day’.

Many of the riders even wore their most colourful Hawaiian shirts as a salute to Dave’s sartorial style!

I don’t know how many of you saw the coverage on TV and media, but it was a massive coming together of folk in a wonderful, loving and supportive tribute.

I can’t ride a motorbike or even drive a car, but the sight of all those bikers in such a long cavalcade brought a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes.

So, as a tribute to Dave Myers, his best pal Si King, his widow Liliana, all the people of Barrow, and ‘Dave Day’, here is another delicious favourite Hairy Bikers recipe.. for chocolate cake.

This is a great cake for sharing because who doesn’t love a slice of chocolate cake?

You will need:

Two 8inch sandwich tins and some baking parchment


100g dark chocolate, broken up
25g cocoa
250ml of just boiled water
200g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
200g butter, softened
250g light soft brown sugar
3 eggs
and 125ml of Sour cream
For the buttercream:
150g butter, softened
50g cocoa powder
300g icing sugar
1-2 tbsp milk (optional)
and for decoration, some chocolate curls if you wish

And this is what you do…

Preheat the oven to 180C and grease and line the sandwich tins with baking parchment.

Put the chocolate and cocoa in a bowl and pour over the boiled water. Whisk until the chocolate has completely melted and you have a smooth liquid, then put to one side.
Stir together the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.

Then in a bowl, beat the butter and sugar until very soft.

Beat the eggs in one at a time, then add all the remaining ingredients, including the chocolate liquid, and combine, keeping the mixing to a minimum.

You should end up with a rich, pourable batter.

Divide the batter between the two tins and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until well risen-and springy to the touch.

Remove from the oven and leave to stand in their tins for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.

To make the buttercream icing, beat the butter until soft, then add the cocoa, icing sugar and a pinch of salt. Continue to beat until smooth, adding a little milk if the mixture seems too stiff.

Spread a third of the icing over one of the cakes and place the other cake on top.

Spread the rest of the icing over the top and sides of the cake, then leave to set before serving.

You can some curls of chocolate to decorate if you wish or just enjoy it as it is.

I’m not very good at making chocolate curls, so I topped mine with shards of chocolate instead.

Angela with her chocolate cake

I hope you enjoy this tasty chocolate cake and that you’ll raise a cuppa to the lovely Dave Myers and all the thousands of biker folk and the town of Barrow who made the 8th June an amazing ‘Dave Day’ AND who’ve raised thousands of pounds for the charities NSPCC Childline and The Institute of Cancer Research.

If you’d like to give a donation, then you can do so on the GoFund Me Page ‘Dave Day 8th June 2024’.


Written by: Kat Y (Ginge)

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