October 23, 2015

1970's style recipe #1 - Simplicity Chocolate Cake (Good)

So I baked a cake recently using a recipe from my dear Mum's 1970's recipe book.

Just choosing radomly I found Simplicity Chocolate Cake.... and it certainly was simple~

Here is the original recipe in my Mum's handwriting:

and here it is in clear format~

Simplicity Chocolate Cake (Good)
from my Mum’s 1970’s recipe book

3 tablespoons Butter or Margarine (melt)
2 level tablespoons Cocoa
1 cup SR Flour
1 cup Sugar
½ cup Milk
2 Eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla or almond essence
Melt Butter
Put all other ingredients into large bowl and pour melted butter over.
Beat really hard for three minutes.
Pour onto greased tin and bake in moderate oven.
(Be careful not to burn)
This will stay fresh for days.


My comments - I used wholemeal SR flour because that is all I buy.  It worked out fine, nicely chocolately, moist and dense.  I cannot confirm that it stays fresh for days because it didn't last long in our household!

As oven temps were not given I cooked mine at 180 deg. for about 35 minutes, but I watched it carefully the last 5 minutes or so, being mindful of Mum's warning not to BURN!  It may need a little longer than 35 minutes, but my oven tends to hot.

So I thought I would use some of my retro props which is likely to happen more often as I change the tempo somewhat with my little blog.  Don't worry - I'm not going to morph into another Martha (or anyone of that ilk) but would like to incorporate more of a retro theme.  So watch this space - more change is on the way!

Feel free to use this recipe, I'm sure Mum would not have been happy to share. 

cheers for now


Christina said...

I love the look of your mums recipe book! I have one myself and I hope one of my children will like it enough to use it later. Chocolate cake lasts about 3 minutes in our house, and that's on a modestly greedy day. Retro is fun, looking forward to your retro inspired posts. x

Tania said...

I prefer older recipes to the modern day ones, and your mums recipe sounds like one my family would enjoy.

I make my mums banana cake. It is the best cake I have tasted and is always gobbled up in no time at all! I hope my mum passes her recipes on to me by way of a book like your mum has done, such a lovely keepsake :)

I love all things retro, so will follow along to see what you have in store for us. Cant wait :)


Sue said...

Wendy no cake should last longer than a couple of days. Cakes are for EATING!!! I quite like the idea of you morphing into Martha, imagine the videos you could make!! FUN!!

duchess_declutter said...

Thanks Christina - I'm sure your recipe book will be loved by your children, so make sure you keep putting new recipes in too!

duchess_declutter said...

Thanks Tania, yes I have a good Banana one from my Mum too. I will have to do that one again and see how they compare!

duchess_declutter said...

That's for sure Sue! I try not to bake too often for that very reason... too good to eat. I may well morph into Martha, have to wait and see!

Fergsonthemove said...

Love the recipe Wendy. With your permission I might try to convert it to Gluten Free. Just found your blog and am enjoying reading the archive. Cheers Sue

duchess_declutter said...

Hi Sue - thanks for commenting! Feel free to try GF I'm sure it would be fine. It's the type of recipe you can change around any which way I think.

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