Ingredients for Chocolate Cake
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
½ cup oil
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
1 cup boiling water
Prepare a 12” x 9” Cake Pan. Brush with butter and then line neatly with wax paper.
Sift together sugar (powder it fine first), flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt and stir together with whisk till well mixed.
Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and beat with mixer on medium speed till well incorporated.
Lastly stir in boiling water and beat for 1 minute.
The batter will be thin and runny. Pour into the prepared pans and bake for 45-60 minutes, till tester inserted comes out clean. Keep checking after 45 minutes if it is done, as all ovens are different. So don’t underbake or overbake.
Make chocolate icing just like buttercream (have it on file – please check) – just add either cocoa powder or chocolate. For this cake I used cocoa powder roughly about 1 cup.
Trace the cake outline on wax paper and place it on the cooled cake and then with a sharp knife trim the cake to the outline of the drawing. Cover with a crumb coating of icing and refrigerate. Later add the final icing all over and flatten with pallet knife.
Cut out a rim of a plastic cup and insert it in the cake for the sound-hole. Scoop out extra cake and make a hollow inside the rim. Cover with cream and sprinkle cocoa powder on it. For the strings, measure the length required and cut 6 equal white threads. Tie them around paperclips(12 Pcs) and insert them in the cake. For the saddle & bridge used two milk chocolates. For the tuning keys I used 50 Fils coins and a matchstick. You can use your imagination and use whatever you have at home and whatever suits you best.
Sprinkle cocoa powder over cake when the final icing is done.