Chocolate cake

Although I don’t mind chocolate, I wouldn’t say I really, really like it… I can’t remember the last time I bought any to eat as opposed to cook with. I used to make a lot of cakes for the children when they were young, and as birthday cakes – the one in my featured image was for my aunty who was a real chocoholic!

When I make chocolate cakes I make them in the simplest way, 3 oz self-raising four, 1 oz cocoa powder, 4 oz butter/margarine, 4 oz caster sugar, 2 eggs. Sometimes I add a couple of dessert-spoons of Nutella or chocolate spread, or add some chocolate chunks.

I didn’t make chocolate brownies for the children, I guess because I made what my mum made for me… but here is a nice recipe:

  • 8 oz dark chocolate (2 oz chopped into small chunks)
  • 5 oz butter cut in pieces
  • 3 large eggs
  • 8 oz caster sugar
  • 3½ oz plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
    chocolate icing:
  • 1 oz dark chocolate finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp double cream
  • ½ tsp golden caster sugar

oven preheated to gas 4, 180°C, 27×17.5×3.5cm tin greased and lined

  1. melt the 6oz of chocolate with the butter over a low heat, set aside to cool
  2. whisk eggs and sugar until thick and fluffy and fold in the cooled chocolate butter mixture
  3. gently fold in the sieved flour, baking powder and cocoa
  4. carefully stir in the 2oz of chocolate pieces
  5. pour into tin and spread to the corners
  6. bake for 25-30 mins and leave to get cold
  7. for the icing, melt the chocolate in the cream and with the sugar very gently over a very low heat
  8. when everything has melted together, add 1-1½ tbsp of boiling water
  9. decorate the brownies with the icing and cut into slices

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