This is so easy and quick to make but tastes delicious. I usually don't bother to ice it but you could top it with butter cream or melted chocolate if you wanted to.
4 level tablespoons cocoa powder 4 tablespoons hot water 225g (8oz) butter, softened 225g (8oz) sugar 275g (10oz) self raising flour 2 level teaspoons baking powder 4 large eggs 4 tablespoons milk
30 x 23cm (12 x 9 inch) baking tin
Preheat the oven to 180FC/gas 4. Grease and line the base of a baking tin.
Blend the cocoa powder with the hot water and allow to cool slightly.
Pop all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until well blended. Spoon into the prepared tin and level the surface.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the cake has shrunk from the sides and springs back when pressed lightly in the centre with your fingertips.
Leave to cool in the tin.
Recipe by Mary Berry