This cake was created out of both joy and sadness.
Joy first- my kitchen is finally here! I can cook, I can bake, I can wash up. I’ve never been so exciting to wash my dishes- after weeks of washing up in my tiny bathroom sink. I wanted to start with something simple, to get used to my new oven, so this cake was the perfect choice. This is my absolute go-to recipe- it’s so simple to make and deliciously easy to remember. It can be whipped up at a moment’s notice.
Now the sadness- I was dumped quite dramatically by my boyfriend a few days ago. I really don’t want to be one of those girls whose like ‘oh I’ve broken up with my boyfriend, let’s all get together and watch romcoms and eat ice cream and cry.’ No.
Although I did do a lot of crying.
Sometimes, in these situations, all you need is cake. Simple, easy to make, chocolate cake. Requires little thought and even less effort and the finished product is entirely comforting.
Perfect for a heartbreak.
Chocolate Cake (my mother makes this cake for every birthday- we call it 6, 6, 6 and 3- because that’s all it is (6 ounces of butter, sugar and flour and 3 eggs- give or take a few things!)
6 ounces butter
6 ounces caster sugar
5 ounces self raising flour (okay, okay, I know I said 6 of flour, but you need to deduct 1 for the cocoa powder. if you want a plain cake, do 6 of flour and no cocoa powder)
1 ounce cocoa powder
1 teaspoon bicarb of soda (for extra lift)
Beat together the butter and sugar, then add the eggs.
Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and bicarb, and mix until combined.
Spoon into a greased and lined cake tin, and bake for around 30-40 minutes at 180 degrees celcius.
For the chocolate icing:
280 icing sugar
1 teapoon cocoa powder
splash of milk- if you need it
Beat together the butter and icing sugar, then add the coca powder. Mix until it is a nice, smooth consistency, adding a splash of milk if it is too hard.
I sandwiched my with the chocolate buttercream, and decorated with pretzel praline, which is one of my favourite things. (I’ve made it here before!– totally forgot it was for Valentine’s Day- how ironic!)
Isn’t that pretzel praline one of the most beautiful things you’ve ever seen? My pretzels happened to be in the shape of Christmas trees- but that is totally optional!
Serve this cake with a big mug of tea, whether you’re suffering a heartbreak, or just a cold, wet, Saturday afternoon.