Beginner's Chocolate Cake
2 rounded Tablespoons cocoa
4 Tablespoons hot water
1 cup soft margarine
1 cup sugar
1 3/4 cups self rising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
8 oz. semi sweet baking chocolate or chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter
Grease and flour two 8 inch round cake pans. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, add hot water to cocoa. Stir until smooth.
In a large bowl, beat margarine, sugar, eggs, flour, and baking powder. Add cocoa mixture and stir. Pour even amount of batter into each cake pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until they rise. Cool on wire rack.
For the frosting, melt chocolate in a bowl that is over a pan of hot water. Cut up butter and place in bowl with chocolate. Mix until blended. Remove from hot water.
Remove one cake from pan. Place on plate and frost the top. Add the other cake and frost top and sides of cake. Decorate as desired.
Adapted from Usborne Cooking School Cakes & Cookies for Beginners
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