I love getting my recipe books out on a Saturday night and doing a little bit of baking. There’s nothing nicer than the smell of home baking wafting through the house and I usually make a dessert for Sunday lunch if we are having family or friends round. Hubby is in charge of the Sunday roast and I’m the pastry chef! I usually make a pavlova or cheesecake but my little 3 year old grandson is obsessed with chocolate cake so I decided to make one for him using a recipe from my vintage cakes book, which has the prettiest floral cover!!
The recipe is called Simple Chocolate Cake and certainly lives up to its name as I’ve made it a few times and it’s very straightforward
230g soft butter
230g caster sugar
180g SR flour
50g cocoa powder
1 level teaspoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C
Put butter & sugar into large mixing bowl then cream them together with electric whisk until pale and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
Measure out flour, cocoa & baking powder and sift into bowl. Fold in to mixture until ingredients are fully combined. ( I also added some grated chocolate into mix)
Divide mixture evenly between 2 round 20cm greased cake tins and bake in oven for 25 mins.
Leave to cool completely.
Chocolate fudge icing –
100g milk choc
200g softened butter
400g icing sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons milk
Melt choc then whisk butter and icing sugar till smooth. Stir in cocoa & add melted choc & milk then mix again till smooth. (I added a bit more milk as was too thick)
Put in middle of two sponges then decorate rest of cake with frosting.
Serve with tea or coffee and perhaps a little cream on the side