Saturday, 29 November 2008

Boiled Chocolate Cake

We have a new camera! Nothing all that fancy, it's more like an updated version of our old camera but it is very cool and I'm very excited about it.

After trying some fancier cakes, I really wanted to do something simple and something that was a little different. This recipe was given to me by my mother, and I think it may have come from my grandmother before then. Where it actually originated from, I'm not sure.

I love this cake as it's so moist and chocolatey. It's really easy to make as well and I've iced it with a simple chocolate buttercream. I must say, that I have never tasted a nicer buttercream. The moist cake and soft, rich, chocolatey buttercream was just divine. Sometimes the simple things are so good!

The batter is quite liquid before it goes into the oven. Unfortunately, our oven is not balanced very well and despite me rotating the cake a couple of times, it still came out uneven. A lot of frosting can disguise all though.

Boiled Chocolate Cake

1 ½ cup sugar
4 oz butter
1 cup water
2 tbs cocoa
½ tsp carb soda

Put in a stock pot on the stove and bring to a boil. As soon as it starts to boil, then turn right down and then simmer for 5 minutes. Take it off the heat and let it cool slightly.

Once cooled, add 2 beaten eggs and 1 ½ cups self raising flour. Mix well and pour it into a large greased roasting pan which has been lined with foil.

Bake for 40 min on 375 degrees F.

Kittencal's Chocolate Buttercream Frosting/Icing
Adapted from Kittencal's recipe on Recipezaar

1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup icing sugar
40ml milk (this is what the halved recipe calls for, but I didn't measure, just added until I got a consistency I liked)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

Cream the butter in a mixer.

Blend in the cocoa powder, vanilla, icing sugar, alternately with the milk.

Beat with an electric mixer, until the desired texture is achieved.

This is the third of my entries in the Ultimate Chocolate Cake Challenge!


  1. Who the hell is going to eat all these cakes?!?!?

    Must be chocolate insanity overload at your house.

    Invite me over.

  2. I like how moist this looks and yet it only calls for half a cup of butter! I would love to include your chocolate cake recipe on our blog :). Please let me know if you're interested!

    Sophie, Key Ingredient Chief Blogger

  3. I've just tried making this cake and I was just wondering, is it supposed to be quite flat?

  4. Hi Anonymous. Yes, it is a pretty flat cake. I tend to use a smaller based cake tin to make it look taller.

  5. Ahhh.. okay thank you very much :)Going to try making it again, it's a lovely chocolatey cake.