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Chocolate Apple Cake Recipe

Chocolate Apple Cake Recipe

Ingredients: Makes one 20 cm / 8 in cake

2 cooking (tart) apples
Lemon juice
100 g/4 oz butter or margarine, softened
225 g/8 oz/1 cup caster (superfine) sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
5 ml/1 tsp vanilla essence (extract)

250 g/9 oz plain (all-purpose) flour
25 g/1 oz cocoa (unsweetened chocolate) powder
5 ml/1 tsp baking powder
5 ml/1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
150 ml milk

For the icing (frosting):
450 g/1 lb icing (confectioners') sugar, sifted
25 g/1 oz cocoa (unsweetened chocolate) powder
50g/2 oz butter or margarine

75 ml/5 tbsp milk


Peel, core and finely chop the apples, then sprinkle with a little lemon juice. Cream together the butter or margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs and vanilla essence, then fold in the flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda alternately with the milk until everything is well blended. Stir in the chopped apples. Spoon into a greased and lined 20 cm/8 in cake tin (pan) and bake in a preheated oven at 180C/350F/gas mark 4 for 45 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack to finish cooling.

To make the icing, beat together the icing sugar, cocoa and butter or margarine, adding just enough milk to make the mixture smooth and creamy. Spread over the top and sides of the cake and mark into patterns with a fork.

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