Well hello there, did anyone say chocolate tea cake recipe? Yup, indeedy, I so did. Repeat. Easy chocolate tea cake recipe.
Now we all know I am not a natural baker and certainly I was never encouraged to do anything in the kitchen, it was always such a stressful affair but I do like to bake when the moment hits me and more when people are coming over and you want something other than shop-bought. And this week I have a friend coming over for Afternoon Tea with her crew and I thought chocolate cake, which reminded me of this chocolate cake recipe that I have had up my sleeve for ages…and then I realised at the same time that a certain teenager who is studying very hard at the mo’ might like to come home to that smell of baking wafting down the street….yes you can just call me super-mum if you like ;-)
I first came across this recipe ages and ages ago when I didn’t have a KitchenAid (is it possible for a woman to love a KitchenAid more than her husband? just wonderin’) and I would mix up the batter with, wait for it, a mixing bowl (of course it was vintage! I ask you) and a spoon (of course it was wooden! I ask you)…when one bakes like that, ingredients have to be easy, quick and simple…this cuts it in that department all the way to the recipe bank and back again…
This is a Tea Cake – I am not sure if you know what that means, I am not sure if I know what that means and I tell you what I have absolutely no blooming idea if this is authentic or not, but I like it with my tea so that’s good enough for me
- to me, a Tea Cake has always been a cake that you have with a cup of tea, which I now realise is quite an English thing…the cake bit of this scenario mustn’t be too sweet in my opinion, a bit like if in this scenario there is a biscuit, the biscuit must be plain and simple (and if no-one is looking must be dipped in the tea).
So please note this on this cake, it is not overly sweet, it’s more a plain chocolate tea cake recipe for Afternoon Tea time…if you want it sweeter, you know what, you can add more sugar, I reckon you don’t need to if you are having this with tea or coffee in the morning.
When I first made this it didn’t call for baking powder and the result was kinda ‘denser’ so I add baking powder nowadays but if you haven’t go it no stress, it won’t mean that if you drop the cake on your foot you will need to go to ER.
Easy Chocolate Tea Cake Recipe
1 cup self-raising flour
3/4 cup sugar
3 tbsp cocoa
2 tbsp butter
3/4 cup milk
a pinch of salt
1. place all ingredients in a bowl and mix
2. bake 190C 45 minutes
*Notes : I use silicone bakeware for cakes -they’ve changed my life *I don’t always add salt b/c I always forget *vanilla is nice (a tsp or so)
I hope you try it, I will be making another one of these for Afternoon Tea tomorrow because guess what this one is already gone…a certain few males in this house LOVE cake and I am pretty sure when we have a winner when I make it before they come home and by the evening it’s a six feet under…
I’ll be seeing you Beach Cottage beautiful ladies of the web again
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