Since I’ve gotten a little sick of apple for the moment, I decided to go for something different. I found this recipe  on UK TV’s website, and since it sounded so easy, I thought I’d give it a go.


  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 6 tbsp boiling water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 125ml milk
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100g soft butter
  • 300g caster sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°c. Grease two 8 inch sandwich tins and line the bases.
  2. Measure the cocoa into a bowl, add the boiling water and mix until smooth. Add the remaining cake ingredients and mix until combined. Divide the cake mixture between the prepared tins.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes until well risen and shrinking away from the sides of the tin. Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

Mine ended up all in one 8in²x1in square in, and took about 35 minutes to fully cook through.

The bottom of a scrummy chocolate cake

Unfortunately I only have a bad picture of the bottom of the cake, because as I turned it out, the whole bottom stuck to the pan. Let this be a lesson in the correct application of baking parchment – as in, use it. But it was still very nice, not too sweet, and plenty chocolaty enough.

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