Today is Valentine’s Day and although I didn’t get Red Roses and breakfast in bed from my husband, we are going to the stunning Antique Cafe at Churchill House with good friends for en evening of Wine Tasting and Food Pairing. The food is being prepared by Chef Jean Bernard Chadrou and wine with Shaun Nel from Domaine des Dieux, with live music by Walter Gaeta. I just know its going to be a great evening.
So……. on to The Boyfriend Cake. This was my daughter’s speciality – she used to make this cake for her boyfriends, and every one loved it, and her. Even at a young age, I taught her that “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”. I left it to her to make and never tried it, because I felt it was her special cake that she baked so well. However, as the years have gone by, and she found “THE” boyfriend , is now engaged to him, and about to get married, she stopped making it, and we have never managed to get her to bake it again.
For Valentine’s Day, this is for you my Lala, and for your special Boyfriend.
This is a seriously thick and moist chocolate cake. Its so dark, its almost black, and is honestly to good to be true.
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 t baking powder
- 1 1/2 t bicarbonate of soda
- 1 t salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 t vanilla extract
- 1 cup boiling water
- CHOCOLATE FROSTING
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3 cups icing sugar
- 2/3 cup cocoa
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Heat the oven to 175ºC/350ºF.
Grease and line with paper 2 x 8in baking pans
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla.
Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed.
Stir in boiling water. Please note the batter is very thin.
Pour into prepared baking pans.
Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing onto a wire rack.
Melt butter and stir in the cocoa whilst on the stove.
Add icing sugar and milk alternately, beating on medium speed to spreading consistency.
Add more milk if necessary.
If you would like a pour on chocolate sauce - keep the mixture on the stove until it becomes soft and then pour over the cake. This sets quite hard.
Happy Valentine’s Day