Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Mrs W’s Easy Chocolate Cake

Inspired by Grandma’s baking, Mrs W. writes to me after I delivered a Grandma Abson baking talk at her Ladies' Club sending her favourite family Easy Chocolate Cake recipe.
 Dear Meryl
I’ve made this recipe dozens of times without a failure. V. good for people who eat dairy free cake without eggs. Hope you enjoy it. All the best. EW
P.S. Really enjoyed the talk.

Easy Chocolate Cake
10oz/275g self raising flour
½ level tsp salt
3 level tbsps cocoa
6oz/175g sugar
1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ pint/300ml milk
¼ pt/150ml corn or vegetable oil
3 level tbsps golden syrup
½ tsp vanilla extract
Chocolate for filling and decoration

Preheat the oven to 180C/Mark 4/350F. Sift the flour, salt, cocoa and sugar into a mixing bowl. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in a little milk. Add to the flour mixture with the rest of the milk, golden syrup, oil and vanilla extract. Mix well. Pour into 2 lined 8inch/20cms cake tins. Bake for approximately 40 minutes. When cool sandwich together with Chocolate Icing and decorate with melted chocolate or dust with icing sugar.

Meryls’ tip : You can  Butter  Cream for the filling or Grandma’s Chocolate Icing in Grandma Abson's Traditional Baking book page 110.

Butter Cream Filling
3 oz (75g) butter
3 oz (75g) caster sugar
3 oz (75g) Icing sugar
Milk to mix

Cream the butter and icing sugar. Add the milk.

I hope you enjoy a slice of Mrs W’s Easy Chocolate Cake. For more Chocolate Cake recipes, check out the Recipes page here on Grandma Abson’s Blog. Which is your favourite? And don't forget to keep sending me your family recipes - we're building a baking legacy here!

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