Weekend Cooking

classic chocolate cake

classic chocolate cake

It was that Sunday afternoon when the bubba was sleeping and the little Miss and I had some quiet time together that we decided to bake, as what every Sunday usually involves these days. To give her a sense of autonomy, I am now giving her choices and letting her decide a few different things, within reason of course. She decided on chocolate cake.

I often collate a list of favourite recipes I find on either my Pinterest board or Evernote account. For some bizarre reason, there was no chocolate cake to find. So this Mumma had to go searching. To my glorious delight, I found this gorgeous looking cake quickly and easily by no other then Donna Hay. I love this lady. I love her cakes. And we loved this classic chocolate cake. To the disappointment of many, I however did not include the buttercream icing. I did however put choc chips on top, giving me a few extra smiles.

170g butter, softened
1½ cup (265g) brown sugar
2 eggs
1½ teaspoon bicarbonate of (baking) soda
1½ cup (375ml) milk
2¼ cups (335g) plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted
3 teaspoons baking powder, sifted
½ cup (50g) cocoa, sifted

♥Preheat oven to 160ºC. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and creamy. Gradually add the eggs and beat well.
♥Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the milk and add to the butter mixture with the flour, baking powder and cocoa. Beat until combined.
♥Spoon into a lightly greased 22cm-square cake tin, or round, lined with baking paper. Add choc-chips on top and then bake for 1 hour or until cooked when tested with a skewer.
♥Cool on a wire rack.

Are you cooking this weekend? What’s on the menu?


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  • http://leannewinter.com/grandparents-are-special-people/ Leanne Winter

    Oh, I do love a good, easy choccy cake recipe. I will have to try this one. I love your idea of choc-chips instead of messy icing, too.

  • http://stephsjoy.blogspot.com stephanie

    Can’t go wrong with chocolate cake. Planning to make some mini meringues this weekend..

  • http://havealaughonme.com Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me

    I’m going to make cupcakes and banana bread stacked with zucchini! YUM looking cake :)

  • http://freshhomecook.com Jodie@FreshHomeCook

    Mmmm … I have made this Donna Hay one a few times – it is a goodun’! I’m in the midst of a big cook up – bol sauce, pumpkin soup, slow cooked roast lamb. I like to have a few things in the freezer for the week.

    Enjoy your weekend! :)

  • http://themodernparent.net Martine@themodernparent

    The only cake I think I can make that is guaranteed to please all of my kids!

  • http://beckyandjames.com Becky from BeckyandJames.com

    Mmm. Looks and sounds great. Thanks for sharing.