Friday, February 13, 2009

Edible love

Get your minds out of the gutter people, I am not about to direct to you to a kinky store.
Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Yes, it's a commercial cash-in for the likes of Hallmark and Lindt but it's also kind of nice to have a day that reminds us to show our love. Life does get in the way and the daily grind can make even the most loved-up of us a bit narky to our close ones sometimes.
We don't do lavish gifts like diamonds or champagne breakfast in a hot air balloon in our house because that would be succumbing to the Lurve-Day marketing gurus (oh yeah, and we can't afford it) but that doesn't mean we won't be feeling the love. And one of the best ways I can show two little people how much I love them (after I have held them down and kissed every little digit and nibbled on their ears and noses and squeezed and squished them silly) is to serve them CAKE!
This is the quickest and easiest chocolate cake recipe I have EVER made. It ALWAYS works and is nice and moist. It's one of those can't remember where I found the recipe favourites.
1 cup self-raising flour
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
90g butter (melted)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Make it:
Pre-heat oven to 180°C and grease your tin (a heart-shaped one if you have it). Sift flour and cocoa into a large mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients and beat in mixer for five minutes. Pour and scrape into tin. Bake for 30 minutes and then turn onto wire rack to cool.
125g butter, softened
1 and 1/2 cups icing sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
2 tablespoons milk
Beat butter in small mixing bowl until pale. Sift cocoa and icing sugar together then gradually beat half into the butter. Add milk. Now beat in remaining icing sugar and cocoa. Spread with a knife over your cake.
For a bit of extra oomph I like to sprinkle with Haigh's Drinking Chocolate Flakes.


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