Monday, 5 March 2012

[Note: Does not contain peas]

This is easy to make and totally delicious. Whipped up this afternoon for a friend's birthday tonight, this is a firm favourite in the flat, and is also perfect for satiating the monsterous 'Time of the Month' beast whenever it rears its ugly head.


175g self-raising flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 eggs
150g caster sugar
150ml sunflower oil
150ml semi-skimmed milk
2tbsp cocoa powder
2tbsp golden syrup

150g unsalted butter
350g icing sugar
6tbsp cocoa powder
a drop of milk


I'm super-lazy with this one. Using sunflower oil removes the "is the butter soft enough" stress from baking, so feel free to whack all of your ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir until smooth. Line and grease two round 9" cake tins, and put in the oven at 180 degrees celsius for 18 minutes. Remove cakes, and place on wire rack to cool.

In a smaller mixing bowl, cream the butter until... creamy..? Add the cocoa powder and icing sugar in small amounts, adding a drop of milk whenever it becomes too dry.

When the cake is cool, ice away, and decorate however you see fit. I chose Smarties today. Om nom nom. 

In other news, some of you have recently been bored kind enough to take interest in my romantic endeavours with a boy, who I have ceremoniously dubbed "the boy" for the purposes of this blog. If you would like to hear about how I failed to woo him with my crap cooking skills, check out my flatmate Miss B's blog post (some people don't embarrass themselves that regularly, so they write about me embarrassing myself instead. Nice, huh?).

I hope you all had wonderful weekends. Needless to say I'm feeling particularly bitter about those of you who had sunshine. 



  1. That looks aaaamazing. Going to use this recipe for my friends Birthday cake!


  2. That cake sounds amazing. Not as buttery as the french chocolate cake I use to make!
    Don't be jealous, I send you online sunrays: - - -

  3. This looks so fun! I love baking, I really need to get back into it!



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