The world’s cookbooks (and the internet) are awash with recipes for complicated cakes that look stunning and will take a good couple of hours to put together.
Those cakes are fantastic for events where you might want to showcase some baking talent but they won’t do if you want a slice of cake to take for lunch, or if you need to whip up a cake quickly without a trip to the supermarket.
This cake fills that slot perfectly. It’s quick and if you cook or bake regularly you should have the ingredients to hand. The recipe comes from a friend of my grandmother and this was the first cake I ever made ‘on my own’. It is my contribution to this month’s Family Recipes hosted by the Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch.
I always bake the cake in a kugelhopf tin but I’m sure a 20cm springform tin would do just as well.
Preheat the oven to 180C bake and grease your tin well.
Cream 50g of butter and 1 cup of caster sugar. When well combined, add 2 eggs and beat well. Then add 1 1/2 cups of self raising flour and 2 tbsp of cocoa. The mixture will be quite stiff. Mix 1/2 tsp of baking powder (or bicarb) with 1/2 cup of milk and add to the batter. Beat until combined and finish by beating in 2 tbsp of boiling water.
Pour into your cake tin and bake for about half an hour – the cake should be well risen and a skewer should come out clean.
Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 5 or so minutes before tipping out on a rack. When the cake is completely cool ice with your favourite icing or just dust with icing sugar.
If you’re lazy (like me!) and use a food processor like a Magimix the whole process, including the cleaning up, will take under an hour. To me, that is the perfect emergency cake!
4 thoughts on “Easy Chocolate Cake”
Hi Alex! Thank you so much for submitting your recipe to our event and sharing your Family recipe!
No problem! It was a great opportunity to revisit a family classic – as normally I’m always trying something new! Thank you for hosting the event!
Excellent recipe! Thanks for submitting it–it’s perfect!
Thanks Laura! As soon as I saw the theme I knew what to cook!