This was my Mum's birthday cake that I made today...
6oz butter (or margarine/stork whatever you like)
6oz sugar (I used a mixture of caster sugar and soft brown sugar)
5oz self raising flour
1oz ground almonds
chopped walnuts (use as much as you like, about a couple of handfulls)
teaspoon of cocoa powder
for the icing....
8oz icing sugar
tablespoon of cocoa
Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees (gas mark 4)
Use an elextric mixer, or just a spoon if you can be bothered, to mix the butter and sugar until pale, add the eggs bit by bit. Fold in the flour and ground almonds and the teaspoon of cocoa powder. make some very strong coffee with a few teaspoons of coffee granules and a bit of water. Make sure the granules are fully dissolved and then fold into the cake mixture. Bake in greased and lined round cake tins for 20 minutes.
to make the icing, soften the butter in the microwave DON'T LET IT MELT THOUGH! And then stir in the icing sugar. Mix the cocoa powder with some boiling water 'til it becomes a smooth paste, then mix that into the icing. If you like, you can whisk the icing with an electric mixer. It makes it easier to spread, but some people prefer their icing dense.
Sandwich the two cake halves together with half of the icing spread in the middle, and then spread the rest on the top. You can decorate with chopped walnut pieces, or whatever else you might want to decorate it with.