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Chocolate cake. Plain and simple.

We all love chocolate cake (most of us anyway), no doubt about it. And there are some fabulous recipes around - rich and delicious mud cakes made with real chocolate chunks - yum scrum. I've made many different chocolate cakes for birthdays and special occasions. But ... sometimes I just want a simple, small chocolate cake that's quick and easy to make, and not too rich - perfect for my son and his friends as an after school treat. And that's when I pull out this recipe - a family hand-me-down.

I remember making this particular cake with my grandmother (my mum's mum) when I was 5 or 6 in her kitchen in Palgarup (WA) - and the recipe has been passed down to my mum, and to my sisters and me. (Nieces - and nephews! - standby, it's your turn next!) Nothing fancy about this cake, the chocolate component is just cocoa powder, and it's super simple to make - just sift the dry ingredients, melt the butter (I use the microwave), add the wet ingredients, mix it with a wooden spoon, and bung it in the oven. Easy. Quick. Delicious.

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