Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

 I have used this cake recipe ever since I started baking as a child.  It’s a simple recipe .. nothing fancy … but it works every time …

It has become a family favourite … now a ‘Granny’s Speciality’ birthday cake …

It’s in ounces as that’s how I learnt to bake 🙂   and I have an old ounce measure …


6 oz cake flour   )  = 8 0z cake flour for a normal vanilla sponge
2 oz cocoa           )
6 oz sugar 
6 oz marg
3 eggs
2 1/2 tspns baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1 tspn vanilla essence
pinch salt

Method :

Cream marg and sugar until light and fluffy.
Sift dry ingredients – flour, cocoa and baking powder – add pinch salt.
Whisk together eggs and milk – add vanilla essence.
Add dry ingredients and beaten egg/milk mixture alternately to creamed marg/sugar until well mixed (don’t mix for too long otherwise cake is not light)

Divide into two baking pans (round or square 🙂 ) (one larger one can be used then baking time is a bit longer!)   and bake 200 degrees for 25-30 minutes – with my oven I check after 20 minutes .. leave in for another 5 mins approximately and ….

… Viola !    Spread on icing when cooled (I use plain old ordinary butter icing!)  Nothing special .. but I do add lots of cocoa to make it nice and chocolatie … yummm !

It’s my Mum’s recipe from one of her old recipe books but paging through them now, I can’t find it 🙁    … found all sorts of chocolate cake recipes but not the one I use.  Treasured memories of my Mum came drifting back when turning the now delicate and yellowed pages with her handwritten notes on recipes and pieces of paper stuck between the pages 

 Happy baking !!!!!    Would love to know if anyone tries it …. want feedback please … this is not a ‘freeby’  !!

6 Replies to “Chocolate Cake”

  1. Its the best cake in the world! Everyone LOVED my cake at my 21st. They still all talk about it

    p.s. did you notice that Connor and Bradley both wore red tops for their 3rd bday’s??? funny!

    1. Fiona – yes – I use it for everything!! Baking time will be less of course – you just have to watch them – when they start burning you know you’ve over-baked them 🙂

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