David Simpson

Is a Chef that work’s in Dobbins Inn, who set up a facebook group to help people bake during the Covid-19 Lockdown.

David set up a facebook group to help people with their baking during isolation. The page now has over 40,000 members in a few days. The group is called Home cooking recipes isolating chef

David has shared some of his Recipes with us:

Chocolate Cake



  1. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs and if the mixture starts to curdle, add a little flour. Pre-heat oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4.Grease and line two 20 cm (8 inch) sandwich tins.
  2. Fold in the remaining flour, the cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder and warm water with a metal spoon.
  3. Divide the mixture between the two tins and bake for approx. 25 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch. Remove from oven and leave to cool before turning out onto a cooling rack.
  4. To make the butter icing, beat the butter with sugar, adding the cocoa powder and milk until it’s a spreadable consistency.
  5. Spread between and on top of the cake.


Read David’s story and his journey coping with Isolation during the Covid-19 Pandemic and 15 of his favourite Recipes.

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