I think this old school cake has a different name depending on where you went to school and when. I know it as Chocolate Tarmac, or just plain old Tarmac. If you’ve not experienced this cake before then you’ve missed out. The only way I can describe it like a chocolate shortbread but less biscuit like, and more cake like – great description huh!!
What you need:
1 greased and lined 8″ sandwich tin
200g plain flour
200g granulated sugar
50g cocoa powder (don’t be tempted to use hot chocolate powder)
What you do:
- Preheat your oven to 180°c.
- In a mixing bowl mix the flour, sugar and cocoa.
- Melt the butter (either on a hob or in microwave) and add to your dry ingredients.
- Using your fingers rub in the butter until you have a crumble consistency.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and pat it down so it becomes compacted.
- Bake for 20 mins.
- Sprinkle on a little extra sugar, if required, straight out of the oven.
Serve as a dessert à la school with chocolate or pink custard or on its own with a nice cup of tea!
Not gonna lie this is the one of the best things I’ve baked in flippin’ ages and got the thumbs up from my overly cake fussy daughter!
Do you remember having this at school? If so, what did you call it?
Until next time…Happy Baking!