Friday, 28 May 2010

Let Him Eat Cake

Conversation in our house at 11.30am:
Him: "I could really do with a piece of cake."
Her: "Put the oven on and I'll make you one."
27 minutes later:
Her: "Love!"
Him: "What?"
Her: "Your cake is ready."
It's a true story. Here is the cake I made to satisfy my husband's whim. I'll call it:

The Quickest Cake
1 1/2 cup self-raising flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tsp vanilla essence

You  literally throw all these ingredients straight into the ungreased 8-inch square baking dish. Like this.
Then you have to mix it up carefully in the pan. It's important you get rid of any lumps so that you don't get the bitter baking soda bubbles. I squished them out with a spatula.

This is the best part of this recipe: Other than the baking tin, this is all the washing up I had to do:

Bake in a 350F (175C) oven for 25 minutes.

For the topping I melted a bar of cheap cooking chocolate in the microwave with a little milk and poured it on the top.

After cooling slightly (but not too much!) I dished up. Truly the quickest, easiest chocolate cake I have ever made.


Cilla said...

wow... that cake is vegan... what kind of vinegar??? Malt/cider/white??

must try it for my vegan husband!

Cathy Kerton-Johnson said...

Hi Cilla! You can use whatever vinegar you keep in the cupboard. I used red wine vinegar for this one :-)
Thanks for visiting! (PS I dare you to try and keep this cake longer than a day. My family eats it all at once. Even without frosting!)

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