Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Death by Chocolate cake

I got this recipe from Edna- May and I have to say that it is the best chocolate cake I have EVER eaten, never mind baked. I place the recipe below exactly like she gave it to me.

Just a few notes on the below: I did use butter, I do not have margarine in the house. It was delicious! Also I did not use one of the fillings she named. In stead I made the icing double and used half in the middle and half on the top. The cake is not sweet at all (despite the 2 cups of sugar in the recipe) - so do not expect a sweet cake. It's more like a dark chocolate cake with the texture of red velvet cake.


¼ cup Cocoa }*
½ cup oil }* * Heat together in saucepan
125g Margarine }*
1 cup water }*

2 cups Flour }
2 cups Sugar } Mix together in a large bowl

2 Eggs }#
½ cup Buttermilk }# Beat together lightly
1 tsp Bicarb }#
½ tsp Vanilla Essence }#

Pour * mixture over sugar and flour – mix in gently.
Add # to full mixture. Mix gently.
Grease two 20cm pans and line the base with baking paper (very important). Divide mixture between the two pans.
Bake at 160 – 180 °C for approx. 25 minutes. Test before removing from oven.
Cool for about 5 minutes then turn out onto wire rack – take care not to break the cakes!!


60ml Cocoa 60g Margarine
½ cup icing sugar 15ml Milk
Bring nearly to boil, beat well. Allow to cool, beat well again before pouring over the cake.

A few tips from my experience with this cake!

I found the best margarine to use is Wooden Spoon. In this recipe, it must be margarine and not butter (for the purists).
* ingredients shouldn’t be too hot otherwise the flour and sugar become a gluey mess!
Watch the icing mixture when warming the ingredients as well – it can become fudge very quickly.!
The fillings for this cake are endless:
Marmalade for orange flavour;
Strawberry jam filling serviced with cream and fresh strawberries – yummy.
Caramel is quite decadent;
Mixed berry jam filling serviced with cream and fresh berries – to die for!
Have fun and enjoy!


  1. That looks delicious. Butter is always better though ;)

    1. Hi Tigger - would love to know who you are or read your blog if you do blog

  2. Lyk BAIE lekker, gaan sommer die naweek probeer. Dankie dat jy resep deel.xx

  3. looks so divine! I am quite a sucker for a really good chocolate cake.

  4. Oh heck, this is not what I want to see early in the morning. How am I to get through the rest of the day without craving a piece of this yummy cake?
    Looks delish

  5. Yum - I love putting buttermilk into my baked goods - always makes it moist.

    1. In this case it gives it that red velvet type texture - heaven

  6. Wow, this looks delicious. Will definitely be trying it out.

  7. Oooh this looks so good! Seems a bit similar to Devil's Food Cake that I make from a Lynn Bedford Hall recipe. I find that cakes which contain buttermilk are often the best, I don't know why

    1. I also love cakes that contain buttermilk. I have no idea where her recipe comes from - may well be the same one or adapted

  8. This looks so delicious...I will pass it on to B...she is the one with the baking superpower in our home.


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