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Chocolate Cake Recipe
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
3/4 cup dark cocoa
1/2 cup oil
1 cup of milk
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1 cup boiling water
Put all your ingredients into a bowl and beat well with mixer. Then add the hot water at the end and beat until well mixed. Pour into a lined cake tin and bake for 60 minutes at about 160 celsius (or the setting you use for cakes).
Add your baking soda to the milk, then your sure it has dissolved...there is nothing more nasty than the bitter taste of baking soda in the cooked cake.
Using a good quality dark cocoa makes all the difference to this cake, and at times I have added melted rich dark chocolate to the mix as well.
Also I cut down the sugar to 1 cup, I figure the icing is sweet enough to compensate, just my personal taste though...
225g unsalted butter
350g Icing sugar
1-2 tablespoons of dark cocoa
Whip butter with a mixer until very soft, then add sieved sugar and cocoa and beat until fluffy.
Add a small amount of water to the cocoa to make it into a liquid, you get less specks of dry cocoa in the icing.