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.
|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:
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
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.