This is a very easy-to-bake chocolate cake. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare and bakes in about 12 minutes in cupcake cases. In total, it took me about half an hour to produce 16 cupcakes from half of the recipe!
1 3/4 cups plain flour
2 cups caster sugar
3/4 cup cocoa (use good cocoa for a good chocolatey flavour)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 medium-sized eggs
1 cup UHT milk or chocolate milk
1/2 cup oil (I used canola oil)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
2 1/2 teaspoons Nescafe, dissolved in boiling water
1. Place all dry ingredients A in mixer and mix well to combine.
2. Mix all liquids in B before adding to A. Beat at high speed for 2 minutes.
3. Remove and stir in boiling water pre-mixed with Nescafe by hand. The consistency of the mixture is not thick but runny.
4. Fill cupcake cases 3/4 full and bake in preheated oven at 160 deg for 12 minutes.
This recipe bakes about 30 to 32 cupcakes or 2-layered 9-inch round tins for frosting.
The cake would go well with some chocolate ganache or frosting.