Monday, 29 April 2013

Secret Recipe Club: Quick Chocolate Cake

Today is Secret Recipe Club Group D reveal day. I love being a part of the secret recipe club where you are assigned a blog each month to browse and stalk at your leisure. You then have to make one recipe (or more if you like) from that blog but you have to keep it a secret until reveal day hence the name. It's a great way to meet other bloggers and get lots of ideas from their blogs.  

This month I was assigned Chocolate & Chillies which is run by Asiya who is a stay at home mum with 2 boys and lives in Toronto. She loves baking and trying new recipes and her blog has quite a lot of Indian influence thrown in as her family is from India. As usual I headed straight to the dessert section and  bookmarked low fat fudge brownies, apple cake, orange streusel coffee cake and sugar donut cupcakes. In the end I went for this Quick Chocolate Cake as I decided with a blog name like chocolate & chillies, I had to choose a chocolate recipe and who doesn't like a good chocolate cake? It's a really simple mix all in one recipe which was moist and delicious. I used my own frosting as I had some honey chocolate frosting leftover from making these cupcakes

 ready to go in the oven 

 sunk in the middle as my oven was too hot - I'm still having issues with my new oven! 

 Luckily frosting hides all and a sprinkling of colour detracts from the sunken middle


Recipe adapted slightly from Chocolate & Chillies 
I've converted the measurements, reduced the sugar amount and used yoghurt instead of buttermilk

250g flour
280 sugar
65g cocoa powder
2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
500mls low fat plain yoghurt
2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Preheat the oven to 170C.
  • Mix all the ingredients in an electric mixer with a paddle attachment until smooth. 
  • Pour into a cake tin and bake for 30-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. 


  1. Chocolate is always a good thing.

  2. Yummy! I like to use yoghurt instead of buttermilk too :)

  3. Even though it sunk, it still looks pretty darn good! I'm still trying to master baking, so mine probably would have been a flop ;)

  4. Mmmmm - yummy chocolate cake! GREAT SRC pick - thanks for sharing!!

  5. FABULOUS SRC pick Ros! And as always, your photos are positively edible!

  6. So my birthday is coming up...will you make me this? Great pick! Happy Reveal Day!

  7. So glad the cake turned out well! This is my favorite cake and love how it is so quick and easy to put together. Love the substitution of yogurt...will give it a try next time! Happy Reveal Day!

  8. I just had a similar sunken cake issue! I didn't realize it was because my oven was too hot...definitely need to get an oven thermometer and check it out!

    This cake looks super delicious...especially love those CUTE sprinkles on top!

  9. Yummy! Love Chocolate cake

  10. I am cake challenged, so I admire you for picking a cake for your SRC this month... Looks wonderful, sunken or not, I don't think it matters!

  11. Ohhh I love this recipe :) it's quick easy and delicious! Have bookemarked it for any special occasions where I need to make a chocolate cake pronto hehe


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