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Traditional Chocolate Layer Cake

Difficulty : Moderate 

Really old recipe for a layered chocolate cake.

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
whites of six eggs
1 oz chocolate

For the Icing
2 gills icing sugar
1 gill water
whites of 2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 oz melted chocolate

Method

Beat half a cupful of butter to a cream, and gradually beat into it one cupful of sugar. When this is light, beat in half a cupful of milk, a little at a time, and one teaspoonful of vanilla.

Beat the whites of six eggs to a stiff froth. Mix half a teaspoonful of baking powder with two scant cupfuls of sifted flour. Stir the flour and whites of eggs alternately into the mixture. Have three deep tin plates well buttered, and spread two-thirds of the batter in two of them.

Into the remaining batter stir one ounce of chocolate, melted, and spread this batter in the third plate.

Bake the cakes in a moderate oven for about twenty minutes. Put a layer of white cake on a large plate, and spread with white icing. Put the dark cake on this, and also spread with white icing. On this put the third cake. Spread with chocolate icing.

To Make The Icings.

Put into a heavy saucepan two gills of sugar and one of water, and boil gently until bubbles begin to come from the bottom--say, about five minutes. Take from the heat instantly. Do not stir or shake the sugar while it is cooking.

Pour the hot syrup in a thin stream into the whites of two eggs that have been beaten to a stiff froth, beating the mixture all the time. Continue to beat until the icing is thick.

Flavour with one teaspoonful of vanilla. Use two-thirds of this as a white icing, and to the remaining third add one ounce of melted chocolate. To melt the chocolate, shave it fine and put in a cup, which is then to be placed in a pan of boiling water.





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