Everyday Musings

A Surprise in the Making

Graeme and I are in the process of creating what we are going to get/create for our loved ones for Christmas. This little display of love is part of some of theirĀ surpriseĀ and truly just a shout out to Graeme and his incredible skills in the kitchen.

This is a celebrated chocolate cake within Graeme’s family called Dana’s Chocolate Cake. The recipe itself is pretty simple, yet ever so good! If you want to make it yourself you will have to translate its measurement as they are all in the metric system! Enjoy!


  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups trim milk
  • 100 g butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • 100 g butter
  • 250 icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • milk to mix
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit (I translated that portion for you :)).
  2. Grease loose bottom cake tin and line the base with a greaseproof paper. Mix all the main ingredients together and pour into prepared tin. Bake for at least 50 minutes. The cake will rise a lot and when cooked the center should spring back when gently pressed.
  3. To make the filing/icing, mix butter and dry ingredients together, adding a dash of milk and mixing together again, adding tiny amounts of milk until you achieve a thickish, soft, spreadable icing. Once finished add vanilla to the mix.
  4. Once cake has cooled spread filling/icing to your hearts content.

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