Saturdays are made for lying in and sleeping until 10 AM right? NO! They are made for waking up at 7 AM to wash the dishes and bake your father in-law’s birthday cake that you were too lazy to do, because your lazy ass was too engulfed in Criminal Minds the night before. Oh, and to mention, I had to leave house at 8:15 AM to go sign up to volunteer at the local S.P.C.A. (Not well planned, I am fully aware of this).
Right, so what does one do in such a dilemma? Well bake the ‘effing cake, that’s what you do! When in such a situation DO NOT go searching for a new recipe to try, stick with the old favorites and make it jazzy! My favorite go-to happens to be my mom’s famous chocolate cake (Its famous to me OK!). I must have looked like a Tasmanian Devil in that kitchen I was spinning so much.
1. Pre-heat the oven (Not after you are done mixing the batter. IDIOT)
2. Mix batter
3. Grease Tin
4. Pour in batter
5. Bang in the oven for 30 mins.
6. Give Boyfriend very straight forward instructions on when to take the cake out as you race out of the door.
7. Come home, mix icing and dry ice the cake.
8. Cut up some chocolate and throw it on.
9. Dump the rest of the icing on.
10. Tie with a bow and Viola! Delish cake done!
This was not only a test of speed and accuracy, but also one of love and determination. Bake your heart out and never serve anything that isn’t pretty!
Oh, I suppose you would like the recipe. Here it is.
FYI next time there will be a step by step in pics just so that you can do it with ease. (This way it is also fool proof and should be failure free!)
Mommy’s famous Chocolate cake
(Adaptable for anything. You will see this one pop up a lot in the posts to come so save it!)
- 4 eggs separated
- 1/4 cup oil (I use canola but sunflower is good too)
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- A pinch of salt (I will say this again a PINCH of salt)
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla OR strong coffee
- 1 tin of caramel Treat
- 1 cup Icing sugar
- 2-3 slabs of Family sized kit-kat (this depends on how big your cake is I used 2 slabs and cut the kit-kats in half)
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 Degrees (Celsius not Fahrenheit)
- Spray your baking tin with Cook and Bake or grease it with a butter wrapper and set aside. (I use a 25cm cake tin with a loose bottom. You can use a smaller one but I highly recommend the loose bottom, it makes taking the cake out so much easier)
- Beat yolks and sugar till light and fluffy
- Sift dry ingredients together (don’t add the salt just yet)
- Add oil to the egg and sugar mixture
- Add dry ingredients, vanilla essence (or coffee) and the boiling water
- Beat your egg whites till stiff (add your salt in before you start beating this will help create beautiful stiff peaks)
- FOLD in the egg whites to your chocolate mixture. Use a spatula to do this in a figure of 8 motion. DO NOT I repeat, DO NOT beat the egg whites in or you will end up with flop!
- Pour your batter into tin and place into the center of the oven for 20-30 mins. Test with a tooth pick after 20 mins, if it come out clean it is done, if it comes out sticky leave it in for that extra 10 mins.
- Take out of the oven and let cool until completely cold.
- Empty out tin of treat
- Sift in the icing sugar
- Mix until it is smooth and has no lumps
- Spread on small amounts of the icing so that the cake is sticky but not dripping in icing
- Break the kit-kat up with a knife (if you heat the knife up to cut with you will end up with nice neat edges on the chocolate)
- Stand the kit-kats up like soldiers all around the cake. Try not to leave any gaps.
- Tie a pretty ribbon around the cake to make sure everything stays in place
- Pour the rest of the caramel icing on the top and smooth out with a spatula. (yes you are allowed to lick this if you don’t, you are cheating!)
- Leave to rest and EAT IT!
Ta-daaaa!!! Really easy and simple cake that looks fancier than it is!