This month's We Should Cocoa challenge run and hosted by Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog challenges us to make a chocolate cake for £1. There is an active fund raising and awareness campaign called Live Below the Line which challenges people to live on £1 a day for 5 days. Participants are asked to spend only £1 per person per day on food and drink. Having made this cake for £1, I am in awe of those who participated in the challenge as I'm not sure if I personally would manage!
I know I am extremely lucky to live a comfortable lifestyle. I often spend a fair amount on baking and baking related items as you can probably tell from this blog. I have to say I was sceptical about making a cake for £1 as basic ingredients such as butter and eggs cost more than £1. I decided to fully embrace this challenge and to my surprise found out that you can make a delicious cake for only £1. I incorporated my favourite flavours of banana and peanut butter and used regular ingredients that I had at home. I know you can buy cheaper versions but as I only needed a small quantity I decided to work with what I had. My secret ingredient was a packet of Morrison's Saver Sponge mix for only 22p!! I've taken a picture of the shelf in case you don't believe me. The packet instruction says to add 1 egg and 5 tablespoons of water.
I brought the cake into work and offered it up as usual. I didn't mention that this was a budget cake as I wanted to see everyone's reaction. The comments I got were "The cake is really light and moist"; "It's really flavourful"; "Can I have the recipe please?" At this point, I'd not tried the cake myself so I had a slice and I was honestly surprised. I really thought it was going to be dry and tasteless as I had my reservations about the sponge mix and the small quantities of peanut butter and cocoa powder. You can clearly taste the banana, peanut butter and cocoa. I think the sour cream added to the lightness of the cake which was my intention hence making sure there was budget for it. If you want to make a chocolate drizzle for the cake then I would recommend reducing the amount of cocoa powder and peanut butter slightly to account for the chocolate.
The cake I made weighed 482g and I managed to cut it into 9 decent slices as shown which makes it approximately 11p per slice! Definitely a very tasty economical cake.
I'm entering this to several challenges this month.
We Should Cocoa hosted by Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog. The challenge was to make a chocolate cake for £1 and mine came up to exactly that.
Family Foodies hosted by Vanesther from Bangers & Mash and Lou from Eat Your Veg. The theme this month is cheap and cheerful.
Ingredients and cost
Morrison's Saver Sponge mix 22p
1 egg 17p (24 eggs for £4)
5 tablespoons water (0p)
18g cocoa powder 21p (Cadbury Bourneville cocoa powder £1.16/100g)
1 banana 8p (0.68p/kg)
50g smooth peanut butter (Sainsury's smooth peanut butter 0.39p/100g)
30mls sour cream 12p (Morrison's sour cream 40p per 100ml)
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Pour the sponge mix into a large bowl.
- Add 1 egg and 5 tablespoons water.
- Add the remaining ingredients.
- Whisk until smooth.
- Pour into a loaf tin and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until risen and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Allow to cool completely before slicing.