Tuesday is a Chocolate Cake Day

Tuesday has called for chocolate cake. The kind that is quick to make and portion for school lunches. It is a fail safe cake and a recipe passed on to me from my mother. Rich, dark but with basic ingredients you will find in your panty cupboard. There is no real chocolate, cream or special items. I used a Sunbean Mixmaster to  make the cake, but I am sure your KitchenAid, Thermomix or Thermo Cook would combine all of these ingredients too. On days when I have more time, I do enjoy combining a cake batter by hand. Do you?

My Mother’s Chocolate Devil Cake:


1 3/4 cups SR Flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon Bi Carb Soda
125 gms melted butter
3/4 cups water
2 eggs

Method: Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Grease and line a round 20cm tin ( I vary the tin I use, just don’t choose a large one.) Place all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and combine (by hand or use a mixer). Add half the water, the vanilla and the melted butter and mix for 2 minutes. Add remaining water and eggs and mix until well combined.

Cook in a moderate oven for 30-35 mins.

Dust with icing sugar, or as in the picture above drizzle with a chocolate light icing and sprinkle of 100s and 1000s. Perfect mid week fun.

Little Kids Can Cook

This is not sugar free, grain free or dairy free. But it was oh so good! Made with care by number 3 girl. We read recipes, weighed and measured ingredients, baked, timed, tested and learnt how to curl chocolate. The Devil’s Food Cake (USA) comes from the delightful cook book by Sabrina Parrini, Little Kitchen around the world. A great resource that is as interesting for grown ups as it is for the kids.  Chocolate always seems to make people smile.

My friend the chocolate cake

This cake reminds me of my childhood. Mum used to make it regularly and we had pieces packed in our school lunches. It is called a Black Devil Chocolate Cake and it is dark and moist. So I have never really enjoyed other people’s chocolate cakes if they are light and lacking in depth because this one is my childhood benchmark. And it is so easy. It has recently become a friend again…. just like My Friend the Chocolate Cake.

Black Devil Chocolate Cake 
1 1/2 cups SR Flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 cup cocoa
125g butter
3/4 cup water
2 eggs
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add softened butter, vanilla and half of the water. Beat for 2 minutes. Add remaining water and eggs and beat well. Bake at 190 (moderately hot) for 40-45 minutes. Allow to cool completely before icing with a thick chocolate butter icing.