Sunday, September 16, 2012

Really easy chocolate cake

Today was a pyjamas and cups of tea and Sunday papers kind of day. A homemade chocolate cake kind of day. A really easy homemade chocolate cake kind of day.

I realised as I was making it that I have been making the same cake for the past 30 years. It came from a Ladybird 'We can cook' book that still takes pride of place in my recipe book collection.

we can cook book
The 70's edition

So for anyone who has ever struggled with cake making, or has a little persons birthday coming up and isn't sure whether to make or buy - this post is for you.

Really easy chocolate cake recipe:
really easy chocolate cake

Our family calls this the 6-6-6-3 method and it can be used for cupcakes and adapted to bigger \ smaller sized cakes as you see fit.

6oz Self raising flour (sieved)
6oz Butter (soft)
6oz Caster sugar
3 eggs

Put it all in a big bowl and mix it up until smooth for a basic cake mixture. For chocolate cake add a large heaped tablespoon of cocoa dissolved in a touch of milk\water so that it looks like a thick paste.

Divide the mixture into 2 round cake tins lined with parchment \ greaseproof paper.

Put in a preheated oven for about 20 mins or until springy to the touch.

Turn out of cake tins and leave to cool on a wire rack.

To make the chocolate icing:

Mix 3oz soft butter with 6oz icing sugar and add cocoa as for cake. Fill the middle and top of cake.

Decorate with smarties \ buttons \ maltesers \ hundreds and thousands \ grated chocolate \ whatever takes your fancy.

Tip: You can adapt this recipe to make coffee & walnut cake by substituting the cocoa for coffee, or a plain sponge by leaving it out. Easy peasy.


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