Just a few notes on the below: I did use butter, I do not have margarine in the house. It was delicious! Also I did not use one of the fillings she named. In stead I made the icing double and used half in the middle and half on the top. The cake is not sweet at all (despite the 2 cups of sugar in the recipe) - so do not expect a sweet cake. It's more like a dark chocolate cake with the texture of red velvet cake.
DEATH BY CHOCOLATE
¼ cup Cocoa }*
½ cup oil }* * Heat together in saucepan
125g Margarine }*
1 cup water }*
2 cups Flour }
2 cups Sugar } Mix together in a large bowl
2 Eggs }#
½ cup Buttermilk }# Beat together lightly
1 tsp Bicarb }#
½ tsp Vanilla Essence }#
Pour * mixture over sugar and flour – mix in gently.
Add # to full mixture. Mix gently.
Grease two 20cm pans and line the base with baking paper (very important). Divide mixture between the two pans.
Bake at 160 – 180 °C for approx. 25 minutes. Test before removing from oven.
Cool for about 5 minutes then turn out onto wire rack – take care not to break the cakes!!
60ml Cocoa 60g Margarine
½ cup icing sugar 15ml Milk
Bring nearly to boil, beat well. Allow to cool, beat well again before pouring over the cake.
A few tips from my experience with this cake!
I found the best margarine to use is Wooden Spoon. In this recipe, it must be margarine and not butter (for the purists).
* ingredients shouldn’t be too hot otherwise the flour and sugar become a gluey mess!
Watch the icing mixture when warming the ingredients as well – it can become fudge very quickly.!
The fillings for this cake are endless:
Marmalade for orange flavour;
Strawberry jam filling serviced with cream and fresh strawberries – yummy.
Caramel is quite decadent;
Mixed berry jam filling serviced with cream and fresh berries – to die for!
Have fun and enjoy!