The old idiom goes that a picture says a thousand words, well I wager that chocolate cake is also verbose.
Chocolate cake can say a very many things.
Chocolate cake can say Happy Birthday.
Chocolate cake can say Sorry I used your toothbrush.
Chocolate cake can say Congratulations on buying your property.
Chocolate cake can say Great report card! and
Chocolate cake can say Thanks for cutting a butt load of turf for us today.
Yesterday morning as we lay in the dark, chatting about the day ahead, Bearhands told me he had a massive order of turf to harvest and that there was a chance that our friend, Matt, from a nearby farm might be able to bring his fancy automatic harvester over to give us a hand.
I joked that Bearhands should promise Matthew any cake he liked if he managed to squeeze us in.
the chocolate cake that says thank you
2 cups plain flour
2 cups raw caster sugar
¾ cup cocoa
1 tsp salt
1½ tsp baking powder
1½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp instant coffee (I leave this out when making cakes for kids)
1 cup full cream milk (Is there any other kind?)
½ cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Prepare a deep 9inch pan and preheat your oven to 170°C.
Add the dry ingredients to a large bowl. Stir until evenly mixed.
Add the milk, oil, eggs and vanilla to the dry ingredients and mix on a medium speed until combined. Scrape down the sides, then add the boiling water. It’s worthwhile taking some care at this point, the first time I made this cake my stand mixer tried to slosh boiling water all over my bench. So now I mix the boiling water into the cake batter with a fork for a few minutes before I turn the mixer back on.
Beat the mix on high for a minute to incorporate lots of air into the mix and then pour into your prepared pan. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes our clean.
Allow to cool in the pan for ten minutes before turning out onto a rack to cool completely.
Once the cake is cool*, smother it in easy chocolate buttercream icing, because twenty-one year old men love icing as much as three year olds, they just won’t tell you they do.
* Seriously, learn from my thousands of mistakes and wait til the goddamn cake has cooled before you go anywhere near it with icing. Seriously, if you ice that cake too early and the icing goes yucky you’ll want to rip your own leg off and kick yourself in the arse**. DON’T DO IT!
** Ask me how I know this.
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