Chocolate Cake Recipe

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

2 eggs

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.

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