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Chocolate cake


Today was wet. My waterproofs are hanging up in the covered back yard dripping in unison, my boots are quietly steaming by the radiator in the kitchen and my gardening gloves are on the kitchen sink - think they may need a bit of a wash before I next use them. I feel damp and although I have changed, I still feel chilled but the job needed doing and could not be delayed any longer - three weeks of wet Tuesdays was getting beyond a joke.

Any hoo - cake - I need cake ... and a mug of tea. 

Talking of cake, yesterday's  chocolate cake recipe as promised. I'd mistakenly listed it as vegan but it is because it is an 'oil' cake completely forgetting it had eggs in it duh! I remember eating chocolate oil cakes in my childhood, however, I don't remember those cakes being as light and fluffy as this one.

As ever I have adapted an existing recipe - I'll put the link to the original and you can decide whether you want to stick with that or give mine a go.

Chocolate Cake

150ml sunflower oil
50gm cocoa powder - sieved
125ml boiling water
2 tsp vanilla extract
125g self raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarb
pinch salt
200gm sugar
3 eggs
Juice of one lemon
Icing sugar

Preheat the oven to 170°c/  325°f/gas mark 3
Line/grease a 23cm/9" cake tin - I used a square brownie tin so the cooked cake could be cut into squares

  • Add sieved cocoa power to your bowl, add boiling water and whisk until smooth, add vanilla extract - allow to cool
  • In a second bowl combine flour, bicarb and salt
  • In a third bowl (!!) vigorously whisk eggs, oil and sugar until creamy
  • add this mix to the cooled cocoa bowl, mix well, then pour into the flour bowl
  • Pour the resulting batter into the lined baking tin
  • Cook for 40 - 45 minutes - use a skewer to test, the cake should be cooked but still soft and succulent
  • Allow to cool before drizzling lemon glace icing across the top
  • Scoff!
I iced it with a glace icing using lemon juice and icing sugar. The combination of the super lemony icing and the soft chocolate cake was - how can I emphasise it enough - a mouth watering experience - absolutely delish. 
And as I said before - I have never had such a light and airy cake before! Quick and easy to make, even quicker to eat. 

Hope you enjoy !

Original recipe is by Nigella Lawson and on the BBC Good Food website

** thanks to Mrs L - I have updated my waffle and taken out my mistake - thank you!


  1. Polite question - how is it vegan if there are eggs in it? NL's cake was made dairy free, so no butter or butter substitute.
    Looks good :)

    1. Polite question accepted - you are correct! hmm - off to amend title however I am sure I'd read it was vegan - hmmm - will go and have another look - thank you for prodding me about my mistake😁

    2. I remember many years back that Blue Peter showed making a chocolate cake with vinegar in it - I think the vinegar probably reacted with the bicarb to act as a raising agent. I never found that recipe again, but there are some around on the web - useful if you don't have eggs. It was the talk of the primary school playground the next day, it was a huge novelty for us. We gave it a go as fairy cakes; I remember they were a bit flat (lol) but tasted fine. Your post brought that to mind.

  2. You could try flax seed eggs. 1 TBLS ground flax seed+ 3 TBLS water= 1 egg. Let it sit and get slimy like and egg, then use the same. I just had great luck making pumpkin bread that's vegan.

    1. I've never tried them before although I have heard good reports - might give it a go, thanks for the proportions :)

  3. I haven't made a chocolate cake in ages. Yours looks delicious!

    1. I would imagine it would freeze well, might try that next time I make it, so for unexpected visitors there'd be cake :)

  4. It looks delicious. A bake for this weekend I think. X

    1. so simple and light. It is now day three (managed to make it last that long - wow! mind you it is only one little square left and himself is at work so it is safe - for now) and it is still succulent and soft - so it keeps well too

  5. Three bowls???? Good to know it tasted good and it lasted more than one day. x

    1. it only JUST lasted more than one day - a small slice squirrelled away for his lunchbox haha

  6. A good day for cake. Thank you for sharing your recipe :)

  7. Sounds and looks delicious. Yummy. ,Xx❤️


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