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Tim and Tracy's Chocolate Cake (Boiled)

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“Easy moist chocolate cake that never fails, scales easily and comes with a story! Tim and Tracy met at work, fell in love, and decided to get married. One day Tracy was talking about the cost of getting married and mentioned that she had difficulty finding the right cake so I offered to make their wedding cake as my present to them. Tim said it had to be chocolate cake and it had to be this recipe, which came with the cake tin he had bought. I trialled it, we ate a lot of chocolate cake at work and eventually I made 4 cakes, 2 large and 2 medium (all made the night before so that it was fresh for the wedding!) The cake has a nice moist texture without being too heavy but was still solid enough to cover with rolling fondant icing to make it look like a real wedding cake. (sorry, the photo has long gone!) We had a ladies night where Tracy, her mum, granny, me, my daughters and another friend all made moulded icing roses in a lovely shade of burgundy. The cakes were stacked, icing rolled over the large cake and smaller cake and then the smaller cake placed directly on top of the larger cake. The edges were covered with a narrow ribbon. That's how I transported the cake to the wedding reception. Then in situ, I added the icing roses, some sprigs of baby's breath and a cascade of a wider burgundy ribbon. When it came to speech time, Tim's father revealed that Tim's love of chocolate cake almost prevented him from considering marriage. Apparently, when he was little, he had attended a wedding and was very disappointed with the wedding cake. He only liked chocolate cake. He was told that traditionally a wedding cake is fruit cake. His response to this news was that was it, he was never going to get married! So, Tim father continued, it was just as well that I made this chocolate cake for their wedding otherwise it may never have happened. I was so embarrassed. I thought I was helping out my friends and getting away with a no-brainer wedding present. All of a sudden, I was in the limelight. Everyone was coming up to me afterwards and congratulating the "chocolate cake lady"! I had no idea that my cake was going to be such a big feature at this wedding. It certainly wasn't what I intended but I'll never forget this recipe. It has become our family favourite too. Prep time includes time for the chocolate mixture to cool.”
1hr 10mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. If you don't have self raising flour, use plain flour with 1 heaped teaspoon of baking powder added to it.
  2. Preheat the oven to 170C/340°F.
  3. Butter a 20cm/8" cake tin. Line the base with baking paper.
  4. Put the butter, sugar, water, cocoa and bicarb in a saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring constantly.
  5. It goes a bit volcanic so once the mixture rises, be prepared to take it off the stove immediately. Set aside to cool.
  6. Beat the eggs in a large bowl.
  7. Sift in a bit of the flour and then mix in some of the chocolate. Continue until all the flour and chocolate are incorporated. If you do this a bit at a time, the flour will mix in easily without overmixing and making the cake tough.
  8. Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for 45 minutes.
  9. Cool on a wire rack.
  10. Ice with your favourite icing or leave un-iced.
  11. To make a larger cake, use 3 eggs and scale everything else up by 50%. (BTW, this is a maths problem that I give to my kids!).
  12. Edited to include icing: Kookaburra referred to the icing in my original recipe I posted on the Australia/New Zealand forum. Here it is. 375g icing sugar, 1.5 tablespoons cocoa, 185g butter, 1.5 tablespoons water (hot works best), 5 drops vanilla. Cream butter and half the icing sugar. Add hot water, the rest of the icing and cocoa sifted together and the vanilla. Beat until smooth.

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