When it comes to chocolate cake there is only one cake that has ever totally hit the spot for me. Normally they can be really dry, or not as chocolatey as you expect however I know of one cake that actually isn’t a big disappointment and that would be the one that my Mum came across in the early 1980s. She used to help out at my primary school fetes on a regular basis. One of the teachers used to make cakes for the bake sale table. After a few years of buying the cakes from said teacher, my Mum decided to ask her for the recipes. My Dad was happy as these soon became one of his firm favourites. One of which was this, the Ultimate Chocolate Cake.
Ultimate Chocolate Cake
The most moist and chocolatey chocolate cake in the world!
8oz/225g self raising flour
4oz/125g caster sugar (we used rapadura 1:1 as we don't like refined sugar)
180ml/6floz sunflower oil
8oz/225g courgettes (peeled then grated)
1.5oz/50g walnuts (chopped)
8oz/225g dark chocolate
1/2 tsp salt
Mix all the dry ingredients - flour, salt and sugar.
Melt the chocolate (either in a microwave or in a bowl over a saucepan of hot water).
Whisk the eggs in the oil and mix into the dry ingredients.
Add the melted chocolate, courgettes and walnuts.
Place in an 8in/20cm lined and greased tin.
Bake for 40 mins on Gas 4/160°c fan/180°c oven.
This cost us £2.04 using the cheapest ingredients from Tesco. It serves around 10-12 slices, making it 17p-20p per slice. If you use rapadura like we did, then it will be slightly more expensive, but still scrumptious. Bargain!