Three tablesoons of butter
One cup of self-raising flour
One cup of sugar
Two tablespoons of cocoa powder
Half a cup of milk
Half a teaspoon of vanilla essence
One cup of icing sugar
One heaped tablespoon of cocoa powder
Two tablespoons melted butter
Two drops peppermint essence
To make cake, preheat oven to 180°C. Grease or line a cake tin with baking paper.
Place butter in a saucepan. Melt butter over heat. Next, combine all remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add the melted butter to flour mixture. Beat hard for 3 minutes.
Pour batter into cake tin. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Do not overcook, as it will become dry.
To make icing, sift icing sugar and cocoa. Add melted butter and combine until a paste forms. Add peppermint essence to taste. Ice completely cooled cake with a hot knife.