Chocolate Cake Easter

Baking for Easter....we baked a chocolate cake and iced it with a delicious chocolaty frosting. I must confess I licked the icing bowl (using a spoon) and gained 600g from the experience. Then all I wanted was sugar and chocolate for the rest of the day.....Yes I survived Easter, but my theory was, if I ate it all the Easter eggs and cake in one day I wouldn't gain anymore weight for the rest of the Easter break.  Alas that strategy didn't work because other easter eggs had been hidden and forgotten about!  Never mind though, it was a tasty treat while it lasted......

Somehow an Angry Bird was put amongst the chicks...

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
2 eggs
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...

Frosting Recipe
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.

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