Once I had all my ingredients ready, I got the Kenwood out of the cupboard where it had been lying dormant for a few years. Yes, I did clean it! (I know that Kenwood is the brand but we've always called it that. I'm referring to the big whisker thing; no, not a blender.)
The mixture was ready in all of 3-4 minutes, and I had the oven heating up in the meantime, so I poured my mixture into my already-greased baking pan and popped it in the oven. The packet said to divide it into two pans, but I thought it was a trifle excessive (punning with food semantics, you gotta love it!), so I only used one pan and it worked out fine, because after a while I had a lovely risen cake and a chocolatey smell wafting through the air teasing like a siren's song.
I had to let it cool for a while and then I sliced it in 'half' and let it cool further before laying down a base of chocolatey goodness. I spread chocolate both as a middle layer and as a top layer. Why do things in halves right? ;)
The finishing touches were generous touches of chocolate sprinkles in a somewhat flowered pattern and a cute frog just to give it some colour. And this is the final result...
"Chocolate causes certain endocrine glands to secrete hormones that affect your feelings and behavior by making you happy. Therefore, it counteracts depression, in turn reducing the stress of depression. Your stress-free life helps you maintain a youthful disposition, both physically and mentally. So, eat lots of chocolate!" (Elaine Sherman)