Saturday, 24 November 2012

Best-Ever Chocolate Cake

This is my grandaughter's Susie's birthday cake which she made and decorated by herself. The chocolate cake recipe is our very favourite one for special occasions. It keeps moist for several days but it's sturdy enough not to break apart or crumble when you fill it with jam and ice it.

And it brings back happy memories of our son Nick's time, quite some years ago, when he went to Takapuna Kindy.

The recipe comes from "Fun Stuff for Kindy Kids" (A Cake Stall Collection of Treats) from Takapuna Kindergarten.

The batter looks alarmingly runny after it has been beaten so I use a 20 cm cake tin without a removable bottom (lined with baking paper). When I double the recipe for a crowd I bake it in a small roasting dish.

Only about 20 copies of this recipe book are still available. It has lots of other delicious and kid friendly recipes in it.
To find out more you can contact the kindergarten at

Best-ever Chocolate Cake
(A.K.A. Easiest Ever Chocolate Cake!!!!)
From Three Bags Full

Reprinted with kind permission from Takapuna Kindergarten.


2/3 cup of cocoa
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of sugar
2 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup of buttermilk or plain runny yoghurt
1/3 cup of vegetable oil
1 tsp of vanilla extract or essence
approximately 1 C of warm water


Preheat oven to 180C

Grease a small round tin or line 24 cup-cake pans

Mix all ingredients together with electric mixer for 3 minutes until smooth.

Pour batter into cake tin or divide evenly among lined cupcake pans.

Bake, until tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 35 minutes for cake or 15-20 minutes for cup cakes

Delicious filled with raspberry jam, iced with chocolate icing and served with a dollop of cream

Too easy! I often use Bakel's Gluten Free Flour Mix and just drop the baking powder from the recipe.

Double the recipe for a large cake ( ideal for a birthday cake size) Now I know everyone claims to have a "Best-ever" chocolate cake recipe, but this one is so fail safe and I have been asked for the recipe so many times I thought it's about time I gave it away!! It takes less than 10 minutes to make and I have even used it as a wedding base before's that good! The other bonus is it also makes equally good very versatile!


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