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Family Chocolate Cake Recipe

Family Chocolate Cake Recipe

Ingredients: Makes one 23 cm / 9 in cake

100 g/4 oz butter or margarine, softened
175 g/6 oz caster (superfine) sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
5 ml/1 tsp vanilla essence (extract)

225 g/8 oz/2 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
45 ml/3 tbsp cocoa (unsweetened chocolate) powder
10 ml/2 tsp baking powder
2.5 ml bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
A pinch of salt
150 ml/8 fl oz water


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, bicarbonate of soda and salt alternately with the water until you have a smooth batter. Spoon into a greased and lined 23 cm/9 in cake tin (pan) and bake in a preheated oven at 220C/425F/gas mark 7 for 2025 minutes until well risen and springy to the touch.

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