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Chocolate Cake

Submitted by: Grace
This recipe is in categories Baking, Party food,
About this recipe:
Difficulty: 3
Comments: Care needs taking with melting the chocolate (it is easy to scald or burn oneself) and with the oven.
Cooking Time: 40-45 mins
Number of servings: About 12 slices
Serving suggestions: Very rich, so do not cut into huge slices
This is a vegetarian recipe

This is a very rich chocolate cake - ideal for a special occasion, like a birthday.

Ingredients

Making and cooking it
  1. Brush the tins with sunflower oil then line the tins with greaseproof paper
  2. Put oven on to heat at 190 c or gas mark 5-6
  3. Sieve the flour, cocoa powder and baking power into a large bowl
  4. Put the margarine and the sugar into a bowl and beat, then add the vanilla and beat again
  5. Crack your eggs into a little bowl, add to the mixture with a tbsp of flour each time (repeat with each egg)
  6. Very gently stir the rest of the flour into the rest of the mixture
  7. Pour the mixture into the baking tins and place in the middle of the oven for 40-45 mins
  8. Leave the cakes to cool down for 5 mins
  9. Start to make the icing
  10. To make the icing, break the chocolate into a heatproof bowl and add the cream, put the bowl in the pan, heat 5cm (2in)of water in a pan until it is just bubbling
  11. Stir the icing a few times and then place in the fridge, it will thciken and when it is soft like butter, take it out
  12. Spread a third of the icing on one cake, then carefully put the other cake on top and cover that top with icing too