All that crafting and stitching, phew, it really takes it out of me. I need cake.
I'm a bit odd in that I don't really like chocolate cake that much. It's sad, I know. I'm coming to terms with it. Especially not the really rich, chocolatey sort. I find them bitter and dry and bit cloying. But this cake is not overly chocolatey, just chocolatey enough.
Jean, my mother-in-law, gave me this recipe recently. I tasted her cake and pestered her shamelessly until she kindly wrote it out for me. The original recipe is pictured above; it was given to her by a colleague many years ago and I love the way it is stained with years of use. I do love it when a recipe comes with some history and a bit of a story. The use of oil rather than butter makes for a very moist cake and the separation of the eggs makes it extra light and fluffy. My icing is just a buttercream with some cocoa and nutella added but if you wanted a frosting more, well, chocolatey, you could make something really rich with some melted dark chocolate, maybe more of a ganache.
For the cake...
140 grams or 5 oz self raising flour
140 grams or 5 oz sugar
30 grams or 1 oz cocoa
2 tsps baking powder
100 ml or 3.5 fl oz oil (sunflower or vegetable)
100 ml or 3.5 fl oz water
for the icing...
300 grams or 10 oz icing sugar
100 grams or 3 oz butter
3 tbsp milk
1 tbsp chocolate and hazelnut spread
- Pre-heat the oven to 160°C or 320°F.
- Grease and line the bases of two 7" or 8" round baking tins.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa and baking powder. I used the mixer but you could do this by hand.
- Separate the eggs.
- Mix together the oil, water and egg yolks and add to the dry mixture above, mixing well.
- Whisk the egg whites until peaked.
- Add the egg whites to the mixture. I took the bowl from the mixer at this point and folded them in by hand.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
- Ice the cake when it is cool (otherwise the icing melts a bit, as I discovered. Greedy old me.)
These cake calories are allowed as tomorrow I am running a 10k race. I am starting to get a little nervous and have that butterfly tummy feeling, the kind you get before an exam. Wish me luck! After the race I plan to lounge on the sofa, crochet and eat mince pies. This will last until New Years Day, then I will get on the scales, go into shock, then go on a diet. That's my usual Christmas routine and I'm sticking to it.