apologies to those who read – mainly but especially and singularly smoo – been busy trying to unearth a snow. sometimes its hard to get everything done in a day so naturally my response to that is to get nothing done. nothing at all. but once, some days ago, i did manage to make this cake. without wanting to get all sentimental i will just say this is the cake of my growing up – its my grandmothers or her mothers or some such. its the epitome of cake – the very embodiment of what i think of when i think of cake. butter sugar eggs flour. bit of crappy cocoa powder too. its from the olden world of yesteryear. and to that end i didnt use any electrical means of making. i used sheer strength of arms and force of will. and this cake is sublime. not unlike like the melancholy and intimacy of these vocals… VOTE EARLY VOTE OFTEN.
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
3 tbsp milk (this ingredient, has over time, turned into 3 tbsp of double cream. i dont like it. i prefer the milk because i like the austerity of it all.)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
preheat oven to 160 degrees. butter and flour a cake tin. cream butter and sugar til pale and light. add the vanilla and the eggs one at a time and beat. then sift in the flour til it looks like this –
put about 3/4 of this mixutre into your cake tin (i used mini ones but its not trad so i would suggest a larger vessel.)
then mix the cocoa powder into the remaining mixture
then fill up the cake tin with the chocolate mixture thusly
put it into the oven for about 50 minutes. take it out and let it cool a bit before removing it from its tin. smells and tastes like heaven. poor photography doesnt begin to describe….