Here's the story behind the chocolate cake:
Recently Tony has been doing a bit of complaining....
Wondering and complaining about the good old days.
The good old days when I used to make chocolate cake !!!
Now I have to admit that it is quite a while since I have made a chocolate cake.
When the kids were small, chocolate cake was a big favourite ...
but they've flown the roost now and I don't seem to cook cakes for US any more.
If I do, then I just polish them off ...
usually all by myself
and you know what happens then!
So I bake when I have visitors coming...
or when I need to "take a plate ".
Anyway yesterday I thought I'd make a chocolate cake.
So out came the old recipe.
This must be the quickest, easiest chocolate cake recipe ever.
Quick Mix Chocolate Cake
Place these ingredients in a bowl
125 g butter / marg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup castor sugar
1 and a third cups of self raising flour
half a cup cocoa
two-thirds of a cup of water
Beat on low speed till ingredients are combined.
Increase to medium and beat until the mixture is smooth and paler in colour.
Pour into a greased and paper lined, 20cm cake tin and bake in a moderate oven ( 180 C or 350 F) for about 55 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake.
Stand on a wire rack for 5 minutes before turning out to cool.
Step 4 - the icing
Beat 60 g butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add in 1 and a half cups of icing sugar mixture, 2 tablespoons of cocoa and about 2 tablespoons of milk and beat till combined and fluffy
I sliced the cake in half then spread a little of the icing on the bottom layer. On top of that I put sliced strawberries. Added the top layer and used the rest of the icing on the top of the cake.
I had visitors yesterday and Tony had three pieces when he came home so there's only one piece left for his afternoon tea today.....
that's if I don't get to it first !