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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
salt
water
1: 
Preheat your oven to 170C (fan)/180C/GM4. Measure out all of the ingredients.
2: 
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.
3: 
Sift the self-raising flour and the cocoa powder into the bowl.
4: 
Beat the eggs in a separate bowl for a few seconds, before adding them to the mixing bowl with the other ingredients.
5: 
Beat the mixture for 1 minute.
6: 
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.
7: 
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.
Conclusion: 
Leave to cool and serve.
Tips: 
Try topping with melted chocolate or icing after cooling
Warnings: 
Do not open the oven before the 45 minute mark, or the cake may not rise properly

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