Mum’s Easy Chocolate Cake

January 10, 2012

Chocolate cake

 

This week marks two years of The Cake Mistress. Thanks for reading, sharing your comments and emails, and just being generally awesome. Since switching to a charity aim mid last year, where 100% of this site’s income goes to a food-related charity, over $500 has been donated. So thank you also for helping reach that mark!

To celebrate I was going to bake the mother-of-all cakes with crazy layers and such, then I thought going back to my cake-y origins instead would be more fun. Having just flown back from spending time with my family over Christmas, I wanted a nostalgic taste from the past. So I baked the cake Mum used to make for us kids all the time. It was a brilliant after-school treat, even providing much bargaining power at recess.

Best of all, I realised this is the EASIEST cake to literally throw together. Everything goes in one bowl, then you walk away and make a cup of tea while the electric beaters whip the magic in to the cake for you. Finish with a simple chocolate icing and some sprinkles to make it fancy. Sidebar: a dropped pack of sprinkles travels a looooooong way. *cry*

Being at home made me think of all the growing-up and changes with time, so I made a list of the moments I’ve thought “oh hell, I’m getting old”. If you are a fellow 80s/90s lady, you might notice some of these happening too:

Signs You’re an 80s Baby Growing Up (aka Getting Old).

  • You hear a “new” song on the radio and you’re outraged at how they’ve poorly sampled, and thus ruined, your favourite song as a teen. Kids, the Black Eyed Peas did NOT write Time of Your Life.
  • That moment when YOU realise songs you loved were not originals either: Eminem’s Sing For The Moment? Aerosmith’s Dream On. Ice Ice Baby? David Bowie’s Under Pressure. Mind. Blown.
  • You support Leggings Are Not Pants.
  • You’ve said “the music was better in my day” at least once. It was better too, alright? The Macarena was just an aberration.
  • You’ve also said “the cartoons were better in my day”. She-Ra would open a can of whoop-ass on Dora.

Princess Power!

  • Actually, you’re saying “back in my day” with increasing regularity, and you’re not even being ironic or mocking the “olds”. Guess what, you are the “old”.

“Back in my day we didn’t have torrents: we had to pirate our music by waiting next to the radio with a blank cassette for our favourite songs, then press record and get really annoyed when the host would talk over the end of the song. “

  • The tween working in retail addresses the customer behind you as Ma’am, then you realise there’s no one behind you. You’re the Ma’am. Aww, seriously?
  • Twitter? Pfft. Back in my day, we had mIRC. And ICQ. On dial-up. And we’d mimic the sounds of the modem back at it while connecting to pass the time. We didn’t have Google –  we’d ask a butler called Jeeves, or use Alta Vista. And we made nice sites in GeoCities, like this one.  - (caution: may incite eye-gouging). You could never have too many GIFs.
  • You’ve lived long enough to see trends you thought were cool making a resurgence. And you now recognise their uncoolness. Hello double denim! Some mistakes shouldn’t be made twice.

Die ... of embarrassment maybe ....

  • You catch a heavy waft of Impulse on a gaggle of teens and your scent memory drags you to the terror of the high school change-room and the oxygen-starving cloud of Vanilla Kisses, Incense and Waterberry. And for a limited time, Spice Girl.
  • Gratefully realising that being an adult without a tramp stamp is more liveable than being a lame teen without a tattoo.
  • The smell of Passion Pop, Cruisers, Breezers or UDLs makes you sick.
Have there been any moments that make you stop and think “gosh, I’m getting old?”. Please share, so we can all feel better!

EASY CHOCOLATE CAKE

1 cup Caster Sugar
1/2 cup (85g) Unsalted Butter, softened
3/4 cup Milk
1 teaspoon Instant Coffee
2 Large Eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups Self Raising Flour, sifted
1 1/2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder, sifted
1/4 teaspoon Bicarb Soda
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Basic Chocolate Icing
Icing sugar mixture
1 teaspoon Cocoa Powder
2 teaspoons Margarine
Water
100s & 1000s to decorate

Directions:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin with baking paper.

Add caster sugar, coffee, flour, cocoa powder and bicarb soda into the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the softened butter, milk, eggs and vanilla, and beat together in electric mixer for three minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl.

Pour batter in greased cake tin and bake for 45-60 minutes. Cake is done when a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean, and the dome springs back when lightly pressed.

Allow to cool in tin for 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.

When cool frost with chocolate icing sugar and 100s & 1000s. To make the icing I just pour around 1 cup  or so of icing sugar into a bowl with the cocoa powder and butter, then trickle in enough water to form a spreadable consistency.

Mum’s Easy Chocolate Cake
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Recipe type: Baking
Author: The Cake Mistress
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Total time: 1 hour 10 mins
Serves: 8-12
Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Caster Sugar
  • 1/2 cup (85g) Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Instant Coffee
  • 2 Large Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups Self Raising Flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon Bicarb Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • BASIC CHOCOLATE ICING:
  • Icing sugar mixture
  • 1 teaspoon Cocoa Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Margarine
  • Water
  • 100s & 1000s to decorate
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Add caster sugar, coffee, flour, cocoa powder and bicarb soda into the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the softened butter, milk, eggs and vanilla, and beat together in electric mixer for three minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Pour batter in greased cake tin and bake for 45-60 minutes. Cake is done when a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean, and the dome springs back when lightly pressed.
  4. Allow to cool in tin for 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. When cool frost with chocolate icing sugar and 100s & 1000s. To make the icing I just pour around 1 cup  or so of icing sugar into a bowl with the cocoa powder and butter, then trickle in enough water to form a spreadable consistency.
  • http://twitter.com/DiLishLife Di Nolan

    Ahh yes…you took me straight back to listening to John Peters on EON-FM, attempting to get the perfect recording of Madonna’s Like a Virgin!  My mum wouldn’t buy me a ruffle skirt so I did what Molly Ringwald would do in Pretty in Pink and made my own.  I wore it the Blue Light Disco with lace gloves and fake pearls and hair fluffed up like a parrot courtesy of gallons of mousse and hairspray!
    They were the good ol’ days!
    Lovely nostalgic cake Cake Mistress.  Nothing beats a classic chocolate cake with icing.  
    Happy new year lovely.
    Di-licious xx

    PS: I have a new home: http://www.lifeisdi-licious.com 
    Hope you’ll stop by for afternoon tea sometime soon!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jaala-White/1294614008 Jaala White

    This cake was so nice n easy to bake! It turned out perfectly, I had to quickly put it in a container before my boyfriend and I ate it all! Thank you Cake Mistress :)

  • http://spoonforkandchopsticks.blogspot.com/ Rita (mademoiselle delicieuse)

    Happy blog birthday! And hooray to easy cakes =)  As for the dropped sprinkles, think of it as a rainbow on your kitchen floor haha.

  • http://boredomaboundsbyjulia.blogspot.com/ Julia @ Boredom Abounds

    Oh man, Vanilla Kisses was the WORST of the Impulse sprays. Yuck!

    This cake, however, looks delicious!

  • http://twitter.com/bellyrumbles Belly Rumbles

    Oh wow you summed it up beautifully!  That gave me a massive giggle.  I also remember dialing the song of the week up on the telephone (with cord) and listening to Madness’s It must be love for about an hour non stop.  I could of sent death threats to DJ’s for talking over songs, what were they thinking, they knew what we were all doing….. oh, yeah okay, I get it now :)

    Choc cake with 100s and 1000s, awesome.

  • betty

    back in my day.. ha! i say that sometimes :)
    cake looks great so simple i love one bowl cakes !

  • http://twitter.com/DaisyNTSFM Daisy

    Hahaha I totally agree with you :) Cartoons were better back in our days!!! Gosh i feel old…i’ve met more people born in the 90s and ahhaah i can really feel our difference :P  

    Lovely recipe! Can’t wait to try soon ~ been looking for a easy chocolate cake recipe. 

  • Ginger Tabbie

    Oh yes, turning thirty in a few months and having several issues about it. But at least I can be grateful I have a little more wisdom than some of those irritating late Gen-Yers who DO call us Ma’am and panic when you ask them a question that isn’t included in their tellie-prompt (did I mention “issues”?). Bring on super-funds, variable interest rates and paternity leave! (And if we smile often enough, maybe no one will figure out we’re just bluffing!)

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