It’s always a long long month to get through, but it’s finally here, January Pay Day! Bake this easy chocolate cake to celebrate.
For the cake
225g Plain Flour
350g Caster Sugar
85g Cocoa Powder
1½ Tsp Baking Powder
1½ Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
2 Free-Range Eggs
125ml Vegetable Oil
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
250ml Boiling Water
For the chocolate icing
200g Plain Chocolate
200ml Double Cream
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and line a large round sandwich cake tin.
Put all of the cake ingredients, except the boiling water, into a large mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon, or electric whisk, beat the mixture until smooth and well combined.
Add the boiling water to the mixture, a little at a time, until smooth.
Put the cake batter in the sandwich tin and bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes, or until the top is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool completely, still in their tin, before icing.
For the chocolate icing, heat the chocolate and cream in a saucepan over a low heat until the chocolate melts. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk the mixture until smooth, glossy and thickened. Set aside to cool for 1-2 hours, or until thick enough to spread over the cake.
Carefully remove the cake from the tin.
Transfer the cake to a serving plate and ice the cake all over with the chocolate icing, using a palette knife.