Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Mrs W’s Dairy free Chocolate Cake


Inspired by Grandma’s baking, Mrs W. writes to me after I did a baking talk at her Ladies' Club, and sends her Dairy free Chocolate Cake recipe. 

She writes : 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.
Dairy free Chocolate Cake
8oz/225g self raising flour
½ level tsp salt
3 level tbsps cocoa
4oz/110g sugar
1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
¼ pint/150ml water
¼ pt/150ml corn or vegetable oil
3 level tbsps golden syrup
½ tsp vanilla extract

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 water. Add to the flour mixture with the rest of the water, 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 dairy free butter cream filling and decorate with melted (dairy free) chocolate or dust with icing sugar. 
 Dairy free Butter Cream Filling
3 oz (75g)  sunflower or dairy free margarine
6 oz (150g) icing sugar
few drops of vanilla extract
water to mix
Cream the margarine and icing sugar until soft. Add the vanilla extract and then the water. Mix well. You could replace the water with orange juice. 
Chocolate Topping
Chocolate (dairy free) for decoration
Finish off by melting a block of Dairy Free Chocolate and spreading over the top of the cake. 

For more Chocolate Cake recipes, check out the Recipes page on Grandma Abson’s Blog - there's one for everyone. 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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