It was my youngest son's birthday last Saturday - my BIG baby boy is now 27!
He is not a big cake fan , but does love moist chocolate cake, the kind you can heat up in a microwave with chocolate fudge sauce and ice cream.
I found this recipe a while ago and it is the easiest ever and very yummy so I thought I would share ..... here is the recipe for one big cake without the filling, and this way you don't even need a mixing bowl.
CHOCOLATE CAKE - EASY MAKE
3 cups SR flour 2 tblsp cider vinegar
1 tsp bicarbonate soda 2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt 3/4 cup oil
2 cups sugar 2 cups cold water
1/2 cup cocoa powder
preheat oven to 350degreesF/ 160degrees fan
Place all dry ingredients into a round ungreased 24cm spring side tin. Make 3 indentations into the dry mix and add the following, one ingredient for each hole - 3/4 cup oil (I used olive oil); 2 tsp vanilla extract; 2 tblsp vinegar. Then, pour 2 cups cold water over the entire mixture until everything is blended well. Bake 35 mins (may still be moist but don't overbake), may sink a little still yummy.
......This way there no eggs, no butter and no mixing bowl!
However for the birthday cake I did mix in a mixing bowl and put into two 18cm silicon cake cases, lining the bases with baking paper, and was also able to make 12 cupcakes. For the cake I used reduced sugar jam to spread in the centre before adding chocolate spread, and a little jam on the top centre before adding summer strawberries and dusting with icing sugar. Of course you could be more creative and have a cream and chocolate centre with more strawberries cut in half dipped in a little lemon juice, and decorate with flights of fantasy to your personal style and taste. Be creative ...... happy baking!
Also a bit of birthday crafting. You can still tempt him with a tin of baked beans as a treat, and he actually seemed genuinely pleased that I'd made the card.
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