Chocolate Cake Express

Ingredients

  • 1 1⁄2 cups unsifted flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1⁄3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1⁄2 cup sunflower oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar

Instructions

1 _ Preheat the oven to 190 C / 375°F.

2 _ Grease and flour a 20 cm cake tin.

3 _ Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.

4 _ Make a well in the centre of the mixture, and add the vanilla essence, vinegar and oil, then gradually stir in the water.

5 _ Continue stirring until thoroughly blended, but do not over-mix.

6 _ Pour all of the batter into the cake tin, and bake, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake, comes out clean.

7 _ Do not over bake, the secret to this cake is its moistness.

8 _ Cool in the tin on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then transfer the cake from the tin to the rack, to cool completely.

9 _ Sift the icing sugar over the top, and serve.

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