Saturday, 3 November 2012

An Easy Chocolate Cake

On a Sunday morning measuring, mixing, and licking the bowl of this chocolate cake kept my granddaughters happily occupied.This recipe was quick and easy so just right for them. No need for creaming as the butter is melted. It comes from of one of my treasured collection of old communtiy cookbooks : The Pakuranga Baptist Church Cookery Book of Family Favourites and was contributed by a Miss Michelle Bush.

It is not too sweet or rich, keeps moist for several days and it's economical to make so would be good for kid's lunches or school fairs.


75 grams of butter
1 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1/2 cup of milk
1 cup of selfraising flour
2 eggs
2 tablespoons of cocoa
pinch of salt

Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl

Melt butter and mix with sugar in a separate bowl
Stir in the milk and leave to cool for a couple of minutes
Add the egg and vanilla essence and mix well
Add to the dry ingredients and beat with electric beater
It will be a runny mixture

Bake into a lightly greased and baking paper lined tin for 30 minutes at 350F
This book also has snippets of advice for housewives. Some were a little hard to swallow! e.g.
" The best way for a housewife to have a few minutes to herself at the end of the day is to start doing the dishes."
How times have changed!
Some were more to my taste. Such as these wise words from Mrs Dorothy Jeffries on Tolerance.
The most loveable quality any human being can possess is tolerance.
It is the vison that enables one to see things from a different perspective.
It is the genroasity that concedes to others the right to their own opinion and their own peculiarities,
It is the bigness that enables us to let people be happy in their own way instead of our way,

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