Easy chocolate cake

Ingredients - for an 8" round tin.

225g/8oz self raising flour

350g/12½oz sugar

85g/3oz cocoa powder

3 (150g) eggs

250ml/9fl oz milk

125ml/4½fl oz vegetable oil

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp bicarb

1. Preheat the oven to 160C/Gas 3-4.

2. Grease and line two 20cm/8in sandwich tins.

3. Place the flour, sugar, cocoa powder in a bowl and give a quick stir.

4. Mix the eggs, milk, oil, vanilla (if used) and bicarb and give a quick stir.

5. Pour the liquid mix into the flour mix and mix well

6. Divide the mixture between the two tins

7. Bake for 35 mins - the cakes should be firm to the touch, if not then give another 5 mins and recheck.

8. Press the tops of the cakes gently to flatten

9. Allow to cool in the tins

Chocolate ganache:

200ml double cream

200g dark chocolate

1 tbsp sugar

Heat the cream in a small saucepan until it just starts to boil - take off the heat and mix in the chocolate and sugar.

Leave for a few minutes for the chocolate to melt, then stir until the mixture becomes smooth and glossy.

Don't worry if it looks lumpy or has loads of oil on the surface - just mix and it'll all come together.

Leave until cool and thick enough to cover the cake with.