• 225g/8oz plain flour
  • 350g/12½oz caster sugar
  • 85g/3oz cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 250ml/9fl oz milk
  • 125ml/4½fl oz vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250ml/9fl oz boiling water


  • STEP 1
    Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  • STEP 2
    Grease and line a 20cm/8in tin.
  • STEP 3
    Place all of the cake ingredients, except the boiling water, into a large mixing bow and beat the mixture until smooth and well combined.
  • STEP 4
    Add the boiling water to the mixture, a little at a time, until smooth. (The cake mixture will now be very liquid.)
  • STEP 5
    Pour the liquid into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 45 minutes, or until the top is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  • STEP 6
    Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool completely, still in the tin, before turning out.
  • STEP 7
    Decorate as desired.

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