Making the best of things …sometimes only really good chocolate cake will do


There has been a lot of change here recently. We have a new government and although this blog is not usually a forum for this kind of thing I have to say that I am feeling blue over the fact that the majority of my fellow countrymen have chosen to elect a man and political party for whom I have little respect and no faith whose agenda seems to be one of money and not people.

Election of our political leaders has become a populist, personality based game and it seems that policy, ethics and decency took a wrong turn somewhere and we haven’t seen them for a while.

Whilst I respect other peoples right to their opinion and choice I am disappointed that, by and large, the government we have now is one with which I can find no common ground. The things that are important to me – fairness, affordable quality healthcare, the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, compassion, respect, care for those unable to care for themselves, dignity for all regardless of wealth and status, safe and affordable housing, equity across races, genders and religions seems to be a long way from who we are as a nation. I have been told that my opinion and hopes are pie in the sky, leftie and utopian – to that I just say ‘thank you, that’s exactly what I was aiming for”. Why should we not be hopeful, compassionate, welcoming and aiming for a society which is uplifting and respectful of each other and the planet we all share ?

I guess one good thing is that we have the right to free speech and I am exercising that right now.

Sometimes all there is left to do is eat cake… my apologies for the lack of healthiness and naturopathy …I’ll get back on track soon..

My best chocolate cake

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons bicarb soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs or no egg substitute
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup boiling water
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Prepare two 9-inch cake pans
Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt  to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk through to combine. Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined. Reduce speed and carefully add boiling water to the cake batter. Beat on high speed for about 1 minute to add air to the batter. Divide cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Ice with your favourite icing or ganache.

3 thoughts on “Making the best of things …sometimes only really good chocolate cake will do

  1. Cate LUNDGREN September 9, 2013 / 9:00 am

    So, let us eat cake, Marie xxxx

  2. LFFL September 9, 2013 / 9:34 am

    For the LOVE of chocolate cake!

  3. Margaret September 11, 2013 / 7:48 am

    Chocolate cake will always be chocolate cake!

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