This is the very best chocolate cake recipe ever. Fullstop. Can't believe I'm sharing this little beauty. I've had it for over 10 years and it never fails to impress.
Best chocolate cake
125 gms butter
2 T golden syrup
1t baking soda
1t baking powder
Cream butter and sugar, make that butter white. Add golden syrup and eggs, try and keep all the ingredients at room temp - to avoid curdling the batter. In a separate bowl sieve the flour, cocoa and salt. Warm the milk and add the baking soda. In batches add the flour mix and milk mixing gently in between. Finally stir through the baking powder.
Don't over mix. Pour into a greased pan and bake at 180 for 45mins. Or until the cake springs bake lightly.
Don't forget the cake will continue to cook with its latent heat once it's out of the oven, so don't overcook.
Favourite butter icing
I also made proper butter style icing for the first time. Totally worth it. Get your beater out again and get 50gms of butter all creamy. Add a cup of icing sugar and 1/4 cup of cocoa, large pinch of salt and some vanilla. Keep beating as it will combine to a creamy texture after awhile, it will look like it's not going to happen but keep beating. You can then add milk a teaspoon at a time til you get the required consitancy. This mixture is forgiving, add more cocoa or icing suar or milk to get the consistency you want. Do not leave out the salt, the juxtaposition of it and the chocolate and sugar is mouthwatering.
Wrap that icing around the cake in a delicious chocolatey hug.
Slice up and delight your friends and family.