It was Mr. P's birthday yesterday. So of course that could only mean one thing...
I first made this cake in my teens and made it so often I copied it into a notebook (hard to believe I was ever that person). But then for some reason I stopped and haven't made a chocolate fudge cake for years and years. It was always going to be something chocolatey for Mr. P. I tried to push the idea of Nigella's chocolate and ginger as recommended by Annie of Nimble Fingers and Steady Eyebrows but Mr. P was having none of it. (Sorry Annie, but I will doubtless find another reason to bake that soon...) And it being his birthday, I couldn't really say no.
It's a simple recipe (see below), which is really just an excuse to make the icing...
... which is oh so sweet, but somehow just perfect.
The cake stand was put to work again, and this is just the cake it was made for....
The weekend wasn't all baking though. I tried to make an ipad case with this lovely fabric that I mentioned here...
I will post about the disaster that followed another time when I've stopped sulking and figured out how to fix it. I may be some time.
My head was full of sewing on my way to brunch when I came across this:
I was running late so didn't have time to go an investigate. I suspect it was for one of the local hairdresser, but what if it was the sewing fairy come to tell me how to fix my fiasco?
Hope you had a lovely weekend.
Chocolate Fudge Cake
6 oz butter or marg
6 oz dark brown sugar
2 large tablespoons cocoa blended with 2 tablespoons boiling water and left to cool
6oz self raising flour
2 oz ground almonds
2 oz marg
3 tablespoons milk
1 rounded tablespoon cocoa
8 oz icing sugar
Mix all the ingredients together until smooth. Divide between two 7 inch sandwich tins. Bake for 25-35 minutes at gas mark 4. (Simple!)
Place milk, marg and cocoa in a saucepan over low heat until marg melts (do NOT allow to boil). Cool a little. Sieve icing sugar into bowl and add cooled mixture. Beat until smooth Leave to go completely cold before icing.