Saturday, October 10, 2015

Reduced-fat chocolate cake

Serves: 8-12
Preparation time:
 25 minutes
Baking time:
 25-30 minutes
Oven temperature:
 180°C

• 120g (130ml) butter or baking margarine, at room temperature
• 260g (300ml) sugar
• 120g (200ml) treacle sugar
• 2 large eggs, separated
• 1 large egg white
• 30ml vanilla essence
• 30g (100ml) cocoa
• 200ml boiling water
• 300ml buttermilk
• 300g (750ml) self-raising flour
• 5ml bicarbonate of soda

Icing
• 400g marshmallows
• 250ml cocoa

1 Cream the butter and sugars together. Add the egg yolks and vanilla essence and beat well.

2 Stir the cocoa into the boiling water until smooth then stir in the buttermilk. Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda together. Fold into the butter mixture alternating with the buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour.

3 Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold into the batter. Pour into two or four greased and lined 20cm cake tins and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until just cooked in the centre. Cool slightly then remove from the tin and leave to cool completely on a wire rack. Cut the tops so they are level and slice in half horizintally if only two pans were used.

4 Icing Melt the marshmallows with 100ml water over low heat. Add the cocoa and stir to combine. Cool slightly. Pour icing over one layer of cake, top with the second layer. Continue with all four layers. Finally pour the remaining icing over the top of the cake.
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THE SERENITY PRAYER

GOD GRANT ME THE SERENITY
TO ACCEPT THE THINGS I CANNOT CHANGE;
COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS I CAN;
AND WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.

LIVING ONE DAY AT A TIME;
ENJOYING ONE MOMENT AT A TIME;
ACCEPTING HARDSHIPS AS THE PATHWAY TO PEACE;
TAKING, AS HE DID, THIS SINFUL WORLD
AS IT IS, NOT AS I WOULD HAVE IT;
TRUSTING THAT HE WILL MAKE ALL THINGS RIGHT
IF I SURRENDER TO HIS WILL;
THAT I MAY BE REASONABLY HAPPY IN THIS LIFE
AND SUPREMELY HAPPY WITH HIM
FOREVER IN THE NEXT.
AMEN.

--REINHOLD NIEBUHR