You know how some recipes are just destined to become classics? Recipes that you just KNOW will be passed down through generations and among families? Well this, my friend, is one of them.
This is the story of a humble chocolate cake. Originally published in a primary school cookbook by a mum called ‘Anne’, every time it was made, people would ask the question, “Is this an Anne?!”, because it was always so good. And it was ALWAYS an Anne (of course it was).
Anne has been cooked by my family and friends-of-the-family for more than 30 years now. Anne was my wedding cake, it has been a christening cake, an anniversary cake, and sometimes, just an everyday cake. Anne is simple, she’s delicious, and in our household, she is a CLASSIC.
Note that like the cinnamon tea cake, Anne is a big cake. She needs to be in a 22cm pan or bigger (I use a 25cm pan) so that you don’t get overflow.
Perfect chocolate cake (aka Anne)
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 55 mins
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups caster sugar
- 2 cups self-raising flour
- ½ tsp bicarb soda, mixed into 1 cup cold water
- 185 g butter, melted
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp hot water
- splash vanilla essence
- 2 cups icing sugar mixture
- 250g butter, melted
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- splash milk
- Preheat oven to 150°C. Grease and line a 25cm cake tin. Throw all cake mix ingredients into your mixing bowl… no sifting, no fussing, just throw those guys in there.
- Turn the mixer onto high and mix for 2 minutes until all ingredients are combined.
- Pour mixture into the tin and bake for 45-55 minutes until cooked through (a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake should come out clean).
- Throw all the icing ingredients into the mixer and give a good mix for about 1 1/2 minutes. If it’s too thick, just keep adding in extra splashes of milk. My cakes, like me are rarely perfect, always a little wonky.Beth of Baby Mac has been blogging since 2006 and made the move from the city to the country in 2010. On Baby Mac she writes about her family, life in the country, entertaining and recipes, interiors – with a good dose of humour on the side.