Hello Dear Reader,
My chocolate cake recipe takes no longer to make than a standard cake mix, so I consider it to be instant. Sponge cake of any kind is the same recipe. Eggs, SR Flour, sugar and margarine and they all have to be of the same weight. For a good deep sponge, you need 8oz of each. I also add a few drops of vanilla extract and 1oz of cocoa powder.
I measure it in the same bowl I’m going to mix it in. Saves time and washing up. I use a hand mixer, but a wooden spoon and elbow grease will work just as well. I divide it in to two lined baking tins and bake for 30 minutes at 180 degrees. As I always add, that is for my oven, yours might take longer or less time.
I fill it with Lidl’s version of Nutella! I dust with some icing sugar. That’s it……….instant chocolate cake.
If I was being ‘posh’ I might top if with chocolate butter icing (in America, I believe this is called ‘frosting’). I could turn this into a party cake, by slicing the sponges in half, to create four layers, and have cherry jam in two layers and fresh cream in one, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with grated chocolate and you have a frugal version of Black Forest Gateaux, drip and few drops of brandy or booze on the sponges to make it a real party piece.
Start to finish, this cake will take 40 minutes including cooking time. I couldn’t walk to the shop and back and get a cake in that time.
Over to you, what yummy treat can you rustle up in a matter of minutes. Do you have a recipe that’ll do for any occasion that you can ‘posh up’ if you need to?
Love Froogs xxx