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Let's bake a chocolate cake

Sunday, 9 March 2014



This is what days off are for, aren’t they?

I tried something different, and captured ‘making a cake’ with pictures, not words. It was most fulfilling to flick through them afterwards and bask in the glorious joy initiated by baking.

Autumn has abruptly arrived, and rang the doorbell quite sharply demanding to be let in. Unwillingly I have accepted that summer has come to an end, but rejoiced in all the winter pleasures to come. Soups, warm cakes, fires, fluffy slippers and cold fresh air, to mention a few.

Sometimes we have to slow down and make something, and autumn seems the perfect season for doing so. I suppose it is with every other season, but autumn and cakes seem to fit like gloves.

Happy Monday!

(Oh, and if you’re confused with why the heck I’m talking about it being autumn, it’s probably because you’re in a different country. If you’re from here, and still confused, then….c’est la vie.)


Keep reading if you want to make that deliciously simple chocolate cake*…..

1 ½ cups unsifted plain flour

1 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

½ cup vegetable oil

1 cup water

1 tablespoon icing sugar

1.       Preheat the oven to 190c. Grease and flour a 20cm cake tin. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the centre of the mixture, and add the vanilla, vinegar and oil, then gradually stir in the water. Continue stirring until thoroughly blended, but do not overmix.

2.       Pour the batter into the cake tin and bake, uncovered, for 35 – 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Do not overbake; the secret of this cake is moistness. Cool in the tin on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then transfer the cake from the tin to the rack to cool completely. Sift the icing sugar over the top, and serve.

*Credit for the recipe goes to Readers Digest. An old ‘n trusty one!


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