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All-in-one Chocolate Cake

Serves 6-8


oil or melted butter for greasing
175 g Shipton Mill plain white spelt flour
2 level tbsp cocoa powder
1 level tbsp baking powder
175 g unsalted butter, softened
175 g golden caster sugar
3 medium eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp milk
140 g chocolate spread
icing sugar to sprinkle


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas mark 4. Grease and base-line two 20-cm/8-inch sandwich cake tins.

2. Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a large bowl and add the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat well with an electric mixer for about 1 minnute until the mixture is smooth.

3. Divide the mixture between the prepared tins and smooth the surface with a palette knife. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until firm to the touch. Cool in the tin for 2-3 minutes, then turn out and finish cooling on a wire rack.

4. When the cakes are cold, sandwich together with the chocolate spread. Sprinkle lightly with icing sugar and serve.