I found this American recipe for chocolate cake about 10 years ago. I was looking online for a recipe for a chocolate cake and came across this one. If I remember rightly, it cost me $5 to buy it and it’s one of the best five dollars I’ve ever spent because it is absolutely delicious.

It’s also incredibly moist and it keeps for a week in an airtight tin. (That’s if you can keep it that long).
The kids love it, in fact Adam my grandson told me this particular one was the best chocolate cake he’s ever had…

I’ve also added a recipe for a delicious chocolate frosting, this particular cake didn’t get frosted as it was cut into whilst it was still warm (As you can see from the photo lol).

It’s another cake that is best left until the next day before you eat it.

Useful link to convert cups to grams etc Or you can buy cups from home bargains or amazon really cheaply. I’ve invested in a set of cups as they are much easier to use than fannying with scales etc when using US recipes.

1 3/4 cups of all purpose (Plain) flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons bicarb of soda (Baking soda)
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
2 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/3 cup vegetable oil. (Don’t use any other type of oil or it won’t work).
3/4 cup of cold instant coffee. (I just add a spoonful of coffee to lukewarm water in the cup).

Sift the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa and salt together in your bowl. Make sure they are well mixed.
Then add in this order, (Mixing after each one has been added), mik, beaten eggs, vanilla essence, vegetable oil, cold coffee. Make sure it is thoroughly mixed. I use my hand whisk at this point. The batter should be very liquid.

Put it into your preheated oven between 160 180 dependent on how hot it gets and whether it’s fan assisted. I’d check it after 25 minutes to make sure it’s not burning and turn it down a tad if needed. It should be cooked through after 35 to 40 minutes. I start checking it after about 25 minutes. Stick a knife or skewer in, if it comes out clean then it’s done.

Chocolate Frosting/Icing
1 1/2 cups of icing
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/4 oz softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Small amount of milk to mix
Combine the above and add the milk very slowly until you get your desired consistancy. Once you get it to the consistancy you want, then beat it until it’s lovely and smooth. Spread onto your cake and leave it to set..












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