Monday, March 12, 2012

My Best Ever Chocolate Cake

This is a recipe from my eBook 26 Ingredients which is very popular and I always get asked for. It is easy to make and is very runny. This is not gluten free, but I am trialling a gluten free version next week.

My Best Ever Chocolate Cake
I was ecstatic when I finally got this recipe right. I had been playing around trying to perfect a cake from scratch that my husband would like. He always preferred a certain brand of cake mix and mine was never quite right. Finally, after many attempts, I got it right. It is quite moist and dense.

Serves 8
Cooking Time 40 – 50 minutes + 10 minutes preparation

100g melted butter
1 ½ cups sugar
2 cups self raising flour
1 ½ cups milk
¼ cup cocoa
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 180ºC/350ºF.
Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Pour into a 20cm cake tin and bake in oven for 40 - 50 minutes.
Allow to cool before serving

Plain Cake – Leave out cocoa
Choc Caramel – add ¼ cup cocoa and ½ cup caramel bits to the mixture or add ¼ cup cocoa and swirl soft caramel into the mixture after it has been poured into the cake tin. (See page    for caramel recipe)
Lemon Coconut – leave out cocoa but add 1 cup coconut and ½ cup lemon juice, plus the zest of 1 lemon
Coconut – leave out cocoa but add 1 cup of coconut
Coconut Rough – add 1 cup of coconut, leaving the cocoa in.
Apple – leave out cocoa but add ½ cup cooked apple

*This cake freezes really well for 1 month.
*If using this mixture to make cupcakes/patty cakes, you will need to place the cases in a muffin tray or use silicon cases, as it is very runny and paper cases will not hold their shape.

Obviously in the picture above I have iced it, added sprinkles and cream, but this is the recipe for the base cake. I actually have a recipe for a really yummy coconut filling in the book you can use instead of cream. 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

House renovations

Our house is in a long, slow process of being renovated. If you want to see the before pics of when our tenants left it in a "special" state click here.

We have done a few things since those photos such as:
- Repainted most of the house
- Cleared all the rubbish
- Scrubbed and cleaned A LOT
- Changed curtains
- Put in a new kitchen (splash back still to be completed)

BUT all these things were done with the idea we were going to sell and move quickly. That has not happened. We have been here about 18 months and had I known we would be here for this long I would have done a few things differently.

As such I have decided to make a few changes here and there around the home to make it more how I want my home to be.

Firstly I will be finishing our bedroom. I need to complete the pillow cases, remove some furniture and things, but it shouldn't take too long.

Next I want to redo my daughters bedrooms. They are pretty bare and boring, not little girly right now.

I want to complete the splashback in our kitchen, then paint that room. Finish the paint in the bathroom, the back room and get blinds for the back room.

I am also working on our garden a little. We now have a driveway and really need something on the sides of it and the front yard to make it look more appealing.

We have painted our front rail, replaced fly screens and put in a new letterbox so the front does look better, but there is more we could do.