Saturday, 14 January 2012

The farmer's wife chocolate cake

This is a recipe from my "a spoonful of country" cookbook, it is so easy and you can have it in the oven in 5 minutes! A fantastic thing to have in the tins for in betweens and lunch boxes or with a bit of yoghurt for dessert!

  • 3 Tblsp of very soft butter
  • 1 cup self raising flour, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 Tblsp cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • icing sugar for decoration
Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius. Grease a deep 20cm round cake tin. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and mix until smooth, but do not over-process. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 25-30mins. Leave cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Dust icing sugar over the top or ice with chocolate icing.

  • If you make two cakes and cut the top off one to make it flat, you can put a layer of ganache or icing between the two cakes and make a BIG cake- perfect for a special occasion. (if you have steady hands one cake can also be sliced into two layers, but a BIG cake is always good for a party!)
  • you can add 2tsp of instant coffee dissolved in tablespoon of water to either the cake or the icing to give it a mocha flavour
  • I have put some berries on top of this one which is nice if you are serving the pieces in a bowl as a dessert

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