Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins
If you're looking for a single layer of light moist sponge with depth of flavour you can't go wrong with this recipe. I tend to use Green & Blacks' organic cocoa powder (dutched) for best results. If you're watching your waistline but have a sweet tooth, this is quite a tasty little number which won't massively compromise your diet.
- 3⁄4 cup flour, plus
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 3⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 1⁄2 cup 2% low-fat milk
- 1⁄4 cup oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄4 cup boiling water
- Preheat oven to 350/gas 4.
- Grease and flour a nine inch round cake tin, set aside.
- Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl and thoroughly combine.
- In a measuring jug lightly beat egg, followed by milk, vanilla extract and oil. Whisk together.
- Pour wet into dry, mix, then beat for two minutes (approx) ensuring batter is well incorporated and smooth.
- Add boiled water and combine. (Don't be disheartened by it's liquid like appearance!).
- Pour into prepared nine inch cake tin and bake for thirty five minutes.
- Once cake is cooked remove from oven and allow to cool for ten minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.
- NB. Should you want a chocolate/orange cake, add the grated rind of one orange then substitute 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice for the water part of the recipe.
a definite hit with my family! I even made it when most of my relatives from my moms side came over, and they loved it! I used 2 egg whites and 2/4 cup and 2 tbs brown flour and 1/4 cup white flour, and 1% low fat milk, and it was wonderful