Thursday, 26 April 2012

Secret revealed.....my popular chocolate slab

Hi friends...

For many years I have made a chocolate cake and received many compliments.  At one point, every time I asked if I could bring something for a party, the standard answer was ....your chocolate cake. I can't take credit for the recipe but it was one that I received from a friend, Cathy many years back and I was hooked.

  Recently we celebrated my son, Adams thirteenth birthday.... all those years of being a bratty teenager to my mom have now turned full circle to haunt me... I now have a teenager in the house with another one, my daughter, Skye to follow in a years time. Thank goodness this will give me plenty of practice by the time baby Eryn reaches her teens. Adam dislikes cakes. He has never been a fan of cake, I wish I could say he has never been a fan of sweet things but sadly it's just cake, oh and vegetables!

The day before his birthday I asked him what he would like me to make him for his birthday and his reply...Mom, please make your chocolate cake, it's the best! Well enough said. Out came my dusty recipe!  Yes my waistline made me hide it for a while. It's super easy and one that will please most tongues but beware it is not one that will aid a diet.  Once you have tried it out, I would love to hear your thoughts. I have included some pictures although not the best camera but you get the idea... A beautifully moist, decadent chocolate delight.


125g margarine
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup cocoa
1 cup water
2 cups of cake flour
2 cups of white sugar

2 eggs (slightly beaten)
125ml buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

60g margarine or butter
2 tbsp cocoa
2 tbsp buttermilk
1&1/2 cups of icing sugar

In a microwaveable large bowl, place the margarine, oil, cocoa and water in the bowl. Melt in the microwave. Add flour (I'm lazy and I don't sieve but you are welcome to) and sugar to the cocoa mix and stir with a wooden spoon.  Then add the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla essence and bicarb and stir.

Pour into a retangular ceramic ovenproof dish
and bake at 180 deg C. for 25-30min.

Remove cake and allow it to stand for 10-15min.

Prepare icing.  In a glass jug, place butter, cocoa and buttermilk and melt in the microwave.

Stir in the cups of icing sugar until dissolved and while the mixture is still hot, pour it over the slab ensuring that the full cake is covered.

Leave the cake to cool before serving.  Cut into squares and serve on its own or with a dusting of icing sugar and a strawberry or two.  Do enjoy this decadent delight.

sent with love from my kitchen to yours xx

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