5 August 2011

Cockeyed Cake

This is an incredibly old recipe but it is by far and away the easiest chocolate cake to make. It takes 10 mins max to make and 30 mins or less in the oven. This is a particular favourite of mine for any last minute cake necessities and things that require all attendees to bring something along (I hate that normally...). The recipe I use is based on Peg Bracken's from The I Hate to Cook Book and is all measured in cups. I have done the conversion but left the cups in as that's what I use for this and it just adds to the ease.

The reason I'm making this cake tonight is that today is Mouse's (the dog's) birthday so tomorrow as some light relief in the office we are having traditional office tea and cake. I am making Mouse a peanut butter and carrot cake which is dog friendly but thought I can't really not make one for the human attendees and this is the obvious one to choose. This cake can be iced or not - this time I made butter icing because I didn't have enough plain chocolate and cream for ganache which is what I usually do. The one thing is to not ice this too early. The icing will slide off and you will be sad.

No don't freak out when you see the ingredients, it's unconventional but it works and it makes the best tasting batter ever.


1 1/2 cups (340g/12 oz) plain flour
3 tbsp cocoa
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 cup (226g/8 oz) sugar
1/2 tsp salt
5 tbsp cooking oil (I use sunflower oil)
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup (240 ml) cold water

Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F. I make this in an 8x4 inch loaf tin.

1. Sift the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda, sugar and salt together into a large mixing bowl.

2. Tip in the cooking oil, vinegar, vanilla and cold water and mix together until it's nearly smooth and all the flour is mixed in. This feels like pretend cooking but it will work.

3. Tip into the greased tin and cook for 30ish minutes. I check mine after 25 but this time took the full 30.

4. Leave to cool in it's tin on a cooling rack for half an hour or so and then turn it out and leave to cool completely. Ice... or not.

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