Ava's Easy To Make Chocolate Cake :)

 It was the last day of Autumn and I'd planned an outing to a friends house to have cake and a cup of tea in the name of cancer research Australia's Biggest Morning Tea I was so looking forward to same but Master Picket Fence had other ideas and came down with a mighty big cold, and as those who have raised a two year old with a mighty big cold will attest....you wouldn't take them anywhere. We had a full day to spend at home and decided we'd whip up a cake to fill in some time.
  Now , I'm not the worlds best cook, I 'll announce that from the start, you will see my cake is unique looking , a little domed ...but we will get to that ;) First , here's a photo of my snuffly, cold ridden assistant.
This is a recipe out of my Grandmothers cook book, its filled with recipes such as " Ivy's lemon tarts" and " May's fruit cake"  from the days when you linked a good recipe to its owner. Days of community :) I remember these women, but they're names were prefixed with the word "Aunty" as in those times, a child always referred to adults as Mr or Mrs, never by a first name. Thus close family friends became Aunts and Uncles to differentiate between honorary family and outsiders. I think we all remember that era with fondness. It's a habit, these days, not seen so often.
OK, here's the ingredients..... you need around 125gms of butter, a dash of vanilla extract, 1 1/4 cups of caster sugar ( I let my hand slip here and add about I/4 more ..oops!) 1/2 a cup of cocoa, 2 eggs ( 3 if you like it muddy) 1 1/3 cups of self raising flour, about 2/3 cup of water.

 After  greasing your pan and preheating your oven to around 180 degrees Celsius. Throw it all in the large bowl of your electric mixer .Start on a low speed for about a minute and then wind it up to full speed for another 3 minutes . It should then look slightly paler...like this :)
 Bake it for around an hour trying not to burn the edges like I did (super cook I am not) and then let it cool in its tin for five minutes, turning it out onto a wire rack to go cold.
 Then its your choice, ice away or dust with icing sugar. Baby Picket Fence and I enjoyed ours with icing sugar, Mr Picket Fence enjoyed his with cream. The other Picket Fence children came home to a house that smelt like chocolate cake :) and I do believe had seconds.... Its a win win. Not a flash looking cake, but it's so easy, has a crunch to the outside ( the extra sugar) and a moistness to the inside.... big thumbs up in the family friendly ranks :)
  Hoping you have a lovely day, and fingers crossed the winter wind will blow the Picket Fence cold germs away :) Have a go at this easy cake and let me know what you think. We might call this one Ava's chocolate cake huh ? Perhaps :) Perhaps xx
Linking in today with Sarah's "abeachcottage"

15 comments:

  1. Yum, looks delish!
    We're "linky Neighbours" sort of, so can I borrow a cup of sugar?
    x Marnie

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  2. Yay Marnie :) I'll save you some cake xx

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  3. you may get me cooking yet, this looks yummo!!
    alicia
    ps. love the photo storyboard :0)

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  4. That cake looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  5. Ava,
    Just like my MIL's cookbook."Marg's Shortbread" etc... Love the southcoast. Holiday in Merimbula. Visit Tathra, Narooma, Bermagui, Bega, etc......
    Lovely Blog.
    Kelly
    P.s My mum & nan are driving to holiday in Merimbula at this very moment.

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  6. Hi Kelly :) What a great time for them to come visit! The weathers gorgeous right now. Thanks for your lovely comment xx

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  7. Hi, love those vintage plates - the cake looks great too! Thanks for visiting my blog. Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful photographs.
    Liz

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  8. Oh Dear Ava, I just wanted to thank you so much for your lovely comment and for visiting my little blog! What a delight it has been to discover your lovely blog also ~ I so love your style and creative writing, and, of course, all those vintage lovelies throughout your beautiful home! That cake looks absolutely delicious ~ I'm sure made even more so by the gorgeous old Sunbeam it was mixed in! Yes, I know what you mean about calling close family friends 'aunty' and 'uncle' ~ I was raised that way, and being a little old-fashioned, my children have grown up with it too. So glad to have 'met' you and found your lovely blog, and hope you have a lovely, sunny day! Love Brenda

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  9. Thanks Liz and Brenda ..its lovely to "meet" you too.Here's to new friendships! Thanks for stopping by :) xx

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  10. Hi Ava,
    I just wanted to let you know how sweet and inviting your green little pantry is. It is just beautiful!
    ~Carly

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  11. Thanks Ava – I’m so delighted with the table and chairs – i’d been looking for years!
    I just posted about Ben Boyd National park and Eden. I think you’ll like the photos.
    Where on the south coast do you live?
    Cheers Fiona

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