Here is the recipe for the seriously easy and very delicious Chocolate Cake mentioned below. I have had this recipe for years (taken from our local newspaper), so it’s well tested.
1 1/4 cups self-raising flour – 2tbsp cocoa – 1/2 tsp bi-carb soda – pinch of salt – 1 1/4 cups caster sugar – 125g butter, plus some for greasing tin – 1 cup milk – 1/2 tsp vanilla essence – 2 eggs, lightly beaten
Lightly grease a deep 20cm square cake tin with melted butter, or just use baking paper to line the bottom and sides. Sift flour, cocoa, bicarb and salt into a big bowl. Stir in the sugar. Mix melted butter with milk & vanilla essence. Gradually pour liquid into sifted flour, beating until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and continue to beat for 2 minutes more. Pour cake mixture into prepped tin and smooth the top level. Bake at 180C for approximately 1 hour or until cake is cooked through. Cool in tin for a few minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool. Ice as you like.