Chocolate Cake Recipe
Cooking Time: about 25 minutes
You will need:
4 oz. luxury margarine
5 oz. castor sugar
4 oz. self-raising flour
1 heaped tablespoon cocoa
For the filling:
2 oz. plain chocolate
2 oz. luxury margarine
1 oz. castor sugar
2 dessertspoons hot water
1 tablespoon milk glac6 icing (85) or castor sugar
1 dessertspoon milk flavouring essence (optional)
1 Grease two 7-in. sandwich tins and line the bottom with greaseproof paper.
2 Put margarine and sugar in a mixing bowl. Sieve in flour and cocoa.
3 Add milk and eggs and beat all ingredients together with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes.
4 Divide the mixture between the tins and smooth the top.
5 Bake in the middle of a moderate oven (350°F- Gas Mark 4) for 20-25 minutes.
6 Turn on to a wire tray to cool. When the cakes are cold, sandwich together with the filling and coat the top with glace icing or sprinkle with castor sugar.
To make the filling
1 Melt the chocolate in a basin over hot water.
2 Allow the chocolate to cool and whisk it together with the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
3 Add the water, milk and 1-2 drops flavouring.
4 Whisk again and use.
For a ‘special’ cake, make double the quantity of filling and use half of it as a frosty topping using small palette knife or fork to swirl a design on the top before the filling sets.
To make chocolate icing
Add a few drops water and olive oil to melted chocolate. Or, make a coating icing: blend
2 oz. melted chocolate with 4 oz. icing sugar and 1 tablespoon water. A few drops of oil can be added for extra gloss.