If I could put my childhood in a cake, this would be it. My mum used to make it regularly – it’s moist, chocolatey without being too rich, keeps well in the cupboard for a week, is perfect for lunchboxes AND is super easy to make.
I got the recipe from Mum’s old recipe book. Falling to pieces, covered in daggy contact paper and hand written, I love looking through it. Here is her recipe:
Best Ever Chocolate Cake
1 cup water
3 Tablespoons cocoa
2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
2 beaten eggs
1 teaspoons vanilla essence
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoons bicarb soda
Preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius.
Mix butter, water and cocoa in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
In a large mixing bowl sift flour and sugar.
Remove butter, water and cocoa mixture from the heat and pour over the sugar and flour mixture.
Add eggs, vanilla, milk and bicarb. Mix well.
Pour into one large greased shallow oven tray, or two greased lamington tins. This is a shallow cake that is cut into squares.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Allow to cool before icing with chocolate butter cream icing.
Chocolate Butter Cream Icing
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
2 Tbspns cocoa
2 tablespoons milk
Beat butter using an electric mixer until as white as possible.
Add half the icing sugar and all the cocoa and beat well.
Add remaining icing sugar and beat well.
Store in an air tight container in the pantry. It won’t last the week…. because you’ll eat it all!
What’s your favourite childhood food memory?