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How to make chocolate cake

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This guide teaches you to make a simple chocolate sponge cake. Deliciously chocolatey, soft and moist, this basic recipe is a great starting point for more complex cakes, as well as a tasty treat as it is.
What you'll need: 
175g butter
175g sugar
150g self-raising flour
50g cocoa powder
3 medium eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 170C (fan)/180C/GM4. Measure out all of the ingredients.
Cut the butter into small cubes (this makes the butter easier to mix) and place in a mixing bowl. Add the sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and a dash of cold water.
Sift the self-raising flour and the cocoa powder into the bowl.
Beat the eggs in a separate bowl for a few seconds, before adding them to the mixing bowl with the other ingredients.
Beat the mixture for 1 minute.
Pour the mixture into a round cake tin (about 17.5cm or 7" in diameter) that has been lined with baking parchment, greaseproof paper or tin foil.
Place in the middle of the oven for 45 minutes. Take the cake out and test to see if it is cooked by running a knife through the centre. If the knife comes out clean, the cake is ready, if not, return to the oven for a further 5 to 10 minutes.
Leave to cool and serve.
Try topping with melted chocolate or icing after cooling
Do not open the oven before the 45 minute mark, or the cake may not rise properly


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