Chocolate cake

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This simple ‘bung it all in and mix’ cake is great to prepare with children.


For the cake:

  • 6 oz (175g) self raising flour
  • 3 level tsp baking powder
  • 1 oz (25g) cocoa
  • 3 1/2 oz (100g) Barbados sugar
  • 4 1/2 fl oz (125 ml) vegetable oil
  • 11 1/2 fl oz (325 ml) cold water

For the frosting:

  • 3 oz (85g) vegan soya-free margarine
  • 6 oz (170g) sieved icing sugar desired
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence


  1. Preheat oven to 190C/375F/gas mark 5. 
  2. Place all the cake ingredients in a bowl in the order given and mix thoroughly. 
  3. Place mixture in greased loaf tin and bake for 30 minutes in the pre-heated oven. Cool on a wire rack. 
  4. Beat together the ingredients for the frosting until thick and creamy, adding flavouring (e.g. coffee, cocoa, orange) if required.
  5. Spread the icing over the top of the cake once it has completely cooled.
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