• 115g plain flour
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 egg
  • 125ml milk
  • 60ml oz vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125ml boiling water


  • STEP 1
    Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Grease and line two 20cm sandwich tins. (don't use springform as the mixture will be very runny)
  • STEP 2
    Place all of the cake ingredients, except the water, into a large mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon, or electric whisk, beat the mixture until smooth.
  • STEP 3
    Add the boiling water to the mixture, a little at a time, until smooth. (The cake mixture will be very liquid.)
  • STEP 4
    Divide the cake between the sandwich tins and bake for 25–35 minutes.
  • STEP 5
    Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool completely before adding a frosting of your choice, alternatively serve warm with ice-cream

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