On sunny winter days, it’s always a good idea to drag a little table and a large chocolate buttermilk cake into the garden for tea.
Hot tea and large slabs of cake keep hands and hearts warm. This chocolate cake makes a party out of any day — actual birthday optional! It really is a pleasure: no illusions of grandeur or unfulfilled promises, just good, honest chocolate cake. BYO birthday candles.
MAKES ONE 18CM LAYER CAKE
225g plain flour
50g Dutch (unsweetened) cocoa powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
¼ teaspoon salt
27g caster sugar
125g unsalted butter, melted and…