Recipe for utterly awesome chocolate cake

Er, am I allowed to say things like that?!

I'm not blowing my own trumpet. I didn't create this recipe, just tinkered with it a bit. 

It's Australia Day here tomorrow and while my mind is wandering to Lamingtons and Pavlova, here's one I made before the move which DAMN I wish I had a piece of right now to go with my cardboard boxes and my where-the-heck-should-this-live? routine. 




Like it? 

It's a thing of beauty, right? 

You know this blog is not about fancy food. If you want amazing looking food that's innovative and smart and genuinely talented go see Lemonpi or Mowie. Over here you get the down-home version. Usually triple tested, always photographed with a bunch of sticky fingers just outside the viewfinder.

Truly, this cake rocks. My friend Anne-Marie made it last year and I begged the recipe. It was, in turn, her friend Carol's recipe. I reduced the sugar and the oil and upped the cocoa and here we are.

A gloriously chocolately chocolate cake that doesn't need chocolate which is convenient because it's a lot harder to snack on a box of cocoa in the pantry, than on a block of 70%. Or budget cooking chocolate.

Everything that looks good at three in the afternoon. 


Utterly Awesome Chocolate Cake 


1½ cups sugar

¾ cup oil 

2 eggs

1 cup (hot) coffee

1 cup milk

2 cups plain flour

1 cup cocoa

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp bicarb soda



Preheat oven to 165 degrees celcius.

Mix together:  sugar, oil, eggs, coffee and milk. 

Sift together: flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder, bicarb soda. 

Add dry ingredients to wet mix and beat well. 

Pour into cake tin (I make 2 x 20cm pans, the recipe suggests this or one large tin or three loaf tins.)

Bake for approx 35 mins on fan forced, (longer on regular oven.)


For the chocolate cream I used:

2 tbsp soft butter

2½ cups icing sugar

½ cup cocoa. 

Mix well and spread onto cold cakes. 


(With abject apologies to Fran if she's still sipping vegetable soup and trying to look away.)




17 Comments on “Recipe for utterly awesome chocolate cake

January 26, 2011 at 12:05 am

Wow, that looks good! Just need an excuse to make it now…

January 26, 2011 at 12:32 am

I am there, going to make that one and compare to my current go-to choc cake recipe. I do love the fact it uses cocoa. I cannot keep any sort of chocolate in the house, even cooking chocolate. Also, recipes with pretty pics but which just don’t work are sooo annoying! I’ve made a few of yours and they’re splendid delicious. Plus the photos of this cake make my mouth water, mmmm. Thankyou for sharing.

January 26, 2011 at 7:55 am

its not the same as the one a tall fella made in our kitchen years and years ago? Dad.

January 26, 2011 at 8:27 am

I do believe this is one and (almost, at least) the same as the faithful old regular known in our household as the “Cockeyed Cake”. Mum used to make it out of the very 70s “I Hate to Cook Book”. Chocolatey carby gold.

January 26, 2011 at 9:31 am

Innovative? Nah! Good, flavoursome chocolate cake.. now that’s innovative! I’m going to make this cake, so now you can call it quadruple tested 🙂

January 26, 2011 at 11:03 am

How ’bout: it’s Wednesday! or: I just hung out the washing! or: Hooray, I’ve been up since five!

January 26, 2011 at 11:07 am

Er, no. This one is MUCH better and comes without the pretentious leather pants. (Thanks for asking.) I understand that recipe may be in one of his cookbooks. Which I don’t have. As you know. 🙂

January 26, 2011 at 11:09 am

The I Hate To Cook Book!!! I SCOUR op shops for that gem! I must remember to ask your Mum if she still has her copy xx

January 26, 2011 at 11:15 am

Yummy!! I wish I had that cake right here, right now. Thanks for the recipe – I can’t wait to try this!

January 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Ha ha ha…

EVERYTHING looks good at 3pm.

My cooking chocolate stash is non-existent. and I haven’t cooked anything with chocolate for ages.

Obaitori Spiritual Mothering
January 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm

My Goodness! This cake looks supreme. Thank you, I just hand wrote the recipe into my book. & yes, you can say ‘utterly awesome chocolate cake’ it’s fabulous!

January 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Oh, that looks amazing! And I love your admitted “down-home version” because around here there tend to be sticky fingers near (or in) the food pictures too!

I will add that to my baking list…

February 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm

It certainly does look like an awesome chocolate cake!

Obaitori Spiritual Mothering
February 11, 2011 at 12:44 am

I also tinkered in a grated beetroot, mine was lovely & moist.

March 29, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Finally made this cake, as muffins though. I reduced the sugar and used half wholemeal flour and no bi-carb. It was divine! I linked you on my recent post about it. Mmmmmm, thankyou!

green ink
June 23, 2011 at 3:20 am

Fi, I haven’t tasted it yet but it’s made the house smell AMAZING. I left it to cool and went out for an hour, came back and the incredible fresh-baked chocolateyness hit my nose the minute I opened the door! Magic! Now it’s waiting to be iced. I will report back 🙂

July 7, 2012 at 7:28 am

I had one BAD incident with making a chocolate cake for my children… did not go down well….at all! Is there something I can replace the coffee component with?

My husband and I do not drink coffee and I think the coffee part gives moisture AND flavour (of the coffee??)

So if you don’t mind, please help!


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