Australian Women's Weekly's 'Family Chocolate Cake'

mmm Chocolate Cake, most people love it, I know its a family favourite here.
I hadn't made this cake before, but decided to give it a go as I liked that its not your conventional 'cream the butter and sugar together add flour' kind of cake.
Here's how it went............

What you need...

  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 cups caster sugar
  • 250g butter
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 3 cups self raising flour
  • 4 eggs
How you do it...

  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees for fan forced, and grease a large rectangle baking tray.
  • Place the water, sugar, butter, sifted cocoa and bicarb in a saucepan and heat without boiling. Once butter and sugar is dissolved let simmer for 5 mins. Carefully transfer the glossy mix into your  mixmaster bowl and pop into the fridge to cool down.
  • Once the mixture cools,  sift in the 3 cups of self raising flour and add the 4 eggs, beat until it's pale.  I found that the mix was still quite runny and reminded me of a thick hot chocolate drink...YUM!
  • Pour into a large rectangle baking tray, and pop into the oven, for 45-50 mins.
  • Out of the oven and onto a cooling smells divine!

What you need… Fudge Frosting 
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 90g butter
  • 1/2 Caster sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
How you do it...
  •  Stir butter, caster sugar and water in a small saucepan over heat. 
  • once sugar is dissolved, add sifted icing sugar and cocoa (make sure its sifted as it will otherwise be lumpy!!!)
  • cool mixture in the fridge for a good 20 mins or so.
  • It will now be nice and thick. Beat the frosting so it pale and spread over the cake.
The Verdict
Wow, I did not realise just how much cake I was making, it truly was a slab of chocolate cake. I think it would be perfect for a party, as it would defiantly go a long way.  It has a nice chocolate taste without being overly rich, stayed nice and moist and the icing was to die for! So all in all I think this 'Family Chocolate Cake' is a winner and was just lush. Will be making this one again! 

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