Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Melanie's Chocolate Cake

We moved around a lot when I was a kid. To be fair, as an adult I haven't really stopped. This has its up and down sides as you can probably imagine.

A huge positive is the number of wonderful people who have influenced my life and my character along the way, some of which I didn't realise until years later. Recently I have been back in touch with one such individual, Melanie. We were dear friends in the first few years I was in highschool, I moved away and we lost touch. I've really enjoyed the reading what shes now doing with her life and where its taken her, its comforting to read someone's familiar style with a new twist.

I have 2 clear memories of hanging out at her house, one was her gorgeous cat and the other was Melanie's Chocolate Cake. I hadn't made it for years and attempted it on the weekend and it was just as easy and as tasty as I remember.

Ah ye, BTW, ignore my decorating skills, it was my first real attempt. I have some practicing to do!

1 1/3 cup self raising flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp bi-carb soda
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 oz butter
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla essence

Grease tin and pre-heat oven 180C.

All dry ingredients together in a bowl and add milk, vanilla and butter and beat for 2 minutes.

Add all the eggs and beat for a further 2 minutes.

Bake for 25-40 minutes.


meli said...

I can't believe you still have that recipe!!! Though it is a very good cake indeed, I will admit (my Grandma used to make it, and it's the default birthday cake throughout my extended family). You've made it look very lovely - the most creative I ever got decorating it was covering it in smarties for a housemate's birthday during my MA. Oh, and I once tried to make it as a heart shaped cake for my own ninth birthday, but I forgot the sugar and it was inedible. We didn't discover this till the party. :(

You've made my day. I'm glad to be back in touch with you too. x

The Baker & The Curry Maker said...

Aw! I'm glad you came, I was going to email and tell you I'd posted it, but I thought I was being too soppy and then got busy. Glad you like x

Chris said...

What a nice post. Friendships are so very important. And, the ones that can lose touch and come back again with ease - those are the special ones. Great cake! and I like your decorations. I can't pipe anything on cakes...except trim. Way to go!