Shhh…..don’t tell anyone…..I am a terrible at baking.

Cooking yes, baking no. The difference between cooking and baking and why I get it so very wrong – you need to follow a very precise to the gram measurements, and I like to free style.

There has been many a time when I have made a sunken cake, a crispy pavlova, and overflowed muffins.

Just ask anyone who has the pleasure of chewing and swallowing a big bite of my mistakes, with a big gulp of tea to chase it down. Oh yes, the mistakes have still be placed on the cake table, to the misfortune of others.

Do you remember the story I told you about my very first dinner party. I was entertaining a chef, and everything went pear shaped very quickly. Especially the cake.

I went to the shops specifically to get self raising flour to make a beautiful and simple apple tea cake. But my thrifty nanna inner voice told me to use what was already open – the plain flour!

Well, all I need to say is that the cake was more of a pancake. Because we were friends, and Scott is just such a gracious person, he told me everything was lovely (meanwhile I was dying inside).

Lesson learnt. I now follow the recipe to the gram. However I can still very easily muck up a simple chocolate cake.

Following my mission to share my party mistakes and turn these into your party wins, here is my secret weapon to getting the perfect chocolate cake for any birthday celebration.

This family recipe has been a party lifesaver. I used it for my son’s first birthday party – and there wasn’t even a crumb left to enjoy the next day.

I love it because, it uses simple pantry ingredients, you don’t even need milk or eggs. Hands up who has gone to bake a cake only to find that they are out of these two essential ingredients. ME!

This is the #1 only cake recipe you will ever need. Its a one bowl magic cake that is scrumptious and even caters to allergy-free party concerns.

Simplicity Chocolate Cake

1 ½ cup flour
3 tbsp cocoa
1 cup sugar
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
5 tbsp salad oil
1 cup cold water

1. Preheat the oven on 180°C.
2. In a mixing bowl combine the flour, cocoa, sugar, salt and baking powder.
3. With spoon make three holes in mixture. Put the vanilla in one hole, the oil in another and the vinegar in the third hole. Pour the water over the oil.
4. Combine thoroughly with the spoon, epically corners and sides.
5. Bake for 30 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.

Now that you have the best chocolate cake recipe, please do pass it on and share with anyone who is need of some baking assistance.

PS Its our birthday, and if you know me, I love to give gifts! To celebrate The Wrapping Queen’s birthday month, ALL purchases made in store will receive a FREE birthday gift.

AND FREE SHIPPING! Sorry for shouting but I am feeling like sharing the birthday love, and I don’t think birthday cake will post. 🙂 Use the coupon code freeshipping at the checkout.

Shop and stock up on all the party staples. And pop on over to my Facebook page where I will be sharing lots of birthday related tips and tricks for your next bash!

If you need more help to make your party time easy and stress free. Contact me, follow me on Facebook, subscribe to my blog, shop with me and always know that with me you can create a stress free, fun filled party!

Celebrate life the easy way with The Wrapping Queen.