Whilst sorting  my daughter’s room in preparation for her leaving home, I found this lovely picture of her baking with Granny.  My mum’s home baking was enjoyed by family, friends and the local church parishioners for many years – in particular her One Stage Chocolate cake, which she modified to become her own “Violet’s One-Stage Chocolate Cake”. As a family we have always supported the Time for a Cuppa event, as I work as an Admiral Nurse and feel passionately that every family living with dementia should be able to access specialist support. This year is particularly poignant as mum was recently diagnosed with dementia.


Violet’s One-Stage Chocolate Cake

Ingredients: 4ozs soft margarine, 5ozs caster sugar, 4ozs sieved self raising flour, 1 heaped tablespoon sieved cocoa, 2 eggs, 1 tablespoon milk.

For the filling: 2ozs plain chocolate, 2 ozs soft margarine, 1 oz castor sugar, 2 dessert spoons hot water, 1 dessert spoon milk.

Method: Mix all cake ingredients quickly in a mixing bowl, then beat well with a wooden spoon for 1-2 mins. Put mixture into two 7 inch sandwich tins greased and bottom lined with grease proof paper. Smooth tops. Bake in the middle of a moderate oven at Gas mark 4, 360f, 180c (fan oven – 170c) for 20-25 mins. Filling: melt chocolate carefully over hot water (don’t let it get too hot), then cool. Now whisk the margarine, castor sugar and chocolate for 1-2 mins in a bowl. Allow to stand for 1-2 mins. Add water and milk, whisk again. When cooled sandwich the cake together with filling. Dust with castor sugar. Recipe source: Blue band margarine booklet 1954.