Been a while since I posted any of my baking exploits so here goes! I did bake during the vacation but there were too many hands attacking whatever I baked and I could not keep up with the volumes — SIX boys aged from 16 to 5 — to contend with! LOL!! So I gave up taking pictures or posting anything!
Yesterday was my parents’ 46th wedding anniversary and I baked a very simple chocolate cake that can be whipped up in a jiffy! 🙂
(Sorry about the bad presentation! Could not find a serving plate big enough for my cake so had to improvise! 🙂 Lesson learnt though!)
You will need
2 1/4 cups – flour
2 tsp – baking powder
1/4 tsp – salt
Sift together and keep aside.
1 1/2 cups – castor sugar
1 1/4 cup – butter, softened
3 – eggs
1 tsp – vanilla essence
Beat together or beat one at a time – first butter, then add sugar, then add eggs (can do one egg at a time also) and then the vanilla.
2/3 cup – cocoa powder
1/2 cup – boiling water
Slowly add the water to the cocoa and get it to a paste like consistency. Let cool.
1 cup – milk
To the butter mix, add the cocoa paste and beat well. Then add the dry ingredients and alternate with 1 cup milk.
Now, the actual recipe says to mix the whole lot together and all in one shot. I have given you a step by step version which I follow 🙂 You are welcome to choose what suits you best!
Options – can add walnuts/pecans/chocolate chips
Bake at 350 F (180 C) for 45-50 minutes or till centre of the cake is cooked. Cool on rack and can add icing of your choice. I used melted milk and white chocolate for this one 🙂
TIP: If you are big on presentation, make sure you have the right serving plates to fit your cake.
My little boy giving a piece of cake to my mom!
Recipe from Reader’s Digest 1001 Cake Recipes 🙂