Guest chef Trish McKenzie makes a decadent chocolate cake that the whole family will love
COMBINE water, sugar, butter, cocoa and bicarbonate soda in a saucepan and warm, but do not boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved and the butter has melted. Transfer mixture to a bowl and cool for 30 minutes. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour and mix well. Pour into a greased and base-lined 20cm round cake pan
BAKE in a moderate oven 180°C for 50 minutes or until cooked. Cool for 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.
SIFT the icing mixture into a bowl then mix in the butter and enough hot water to form a soft icing. Spread on the cooled cake and decorate as desired.
Time: 1 hour