Happy Birthday Time Again

Well the year has whizzed by once again and arrived back at the annual bake off. I am still not convinced that the birthday person should provide the treats. Ho hum! Reading and maths assessments marked for the evening left me a little time to craft these bad boys. Bon apetit tout le monde (I may have a sliver too).

Same old Vicky sponge with cream and fruit followed by Granny’s chocolate fudge cake.

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Happy Birthday To Me

Another year has zipped by and the staff room tradition pervades. I dutifully created these two offerings so that my work colleagues could celebrate with me. The first is my Grandma Sybil’s chocolate cake recipe in a bundt tin with added orange zest and a few dark chocolate chips.Victoria sponge topped and filled with whipped cream (jam in the middle) and adorned with fresh fruit.  Well it was my birthday after all. Both were deliciously moist as I watched the baking time closely and went close to under just to make sure. Nom Nom!

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Grandma Sybil’s Chocolate Fudge Cake

This is a cake that I grew up with and one that transports me back to my Gran’s parlour every time I sample a slice. It is very easy to create and even easier to consume. You will need:Sybil Choc Cake - 02

For the cake

  • 5 oz Self raising flour
  • 6 oz cater sugar
  • 6 oz soft margarine
  • 3 oz drinking chocolate
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tblsp hot water

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well until smooth and creamy. Preheat oven to 180 deg C. Pour mixture into greased cake tin (8in ideally). I used a 7.5 in square.

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Bake for 45 – 55 mins until springy in the middle and coming away from the sides.

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Leave in the tin for 5 mins and then turn out onto rack and allow to cool before icing.

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For the icing:

  • 3 oz soft marg/butter
  • 6 oz icing sugar
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 1 tblsp milk



Melt chocolate and butter over bain marie stirring regularly. Remove from heat and mix in icing sugar a bit at a time (whisk/mixer needed).

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Ice and decorate to taste.

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I hope that you glean as much pleasure as I have with this little nugget of joy. Thanks Grandma. Missing you loads xx.