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Quick-mix chocolate cake

  • 0:10 Prep
  • 1:00 Cook
  • 8 Servings


  • Melted butter, for greasing
  • 265g (1 1/3 cups, firmly packed) brown sugar
  • 185ml (3/4 cup) milk
  • 125g butter, cubed
  • 50g (1/2 cup) cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 150g (1 cup) self-raising flour
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 3 eggs


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 160°C. Brush a deep, square, 19cm (base measurement) cake pan with the melted butter to lightly grease. Non-stick cake pans aren’t suitable for these cakes as they retain too much heat, burning the base and sides of the cake. Line the base and sides of the pan with non-stick baking paper.
  • 2
    Place the sugar, milk and butter in a large saucepan. Use a fine sieve to sift the cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda over the top. A fine sieve will break up any lumps, keeping the mixture smooth and ensuring the cake has an even texture.
  • 3
    Place the pan over medium-low heat and use a whisk to stir until the mixture is smooth. Don’t let the mixture boil as it will overheat and some of the liquid may evaporate. (See microwave tip.) Remove from the heat and set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly. If the mixture is too hot, the eggs will set when added.
  • 4
    Use a fine sieve to sift 1/2 the self-raising and plain flours into the pan. Use the whisk to stir until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps. A whisk will ensure the ingredients are well incorporated and there are no large lumps of flour. Sift in the remaining self-raising and plain flours, and stir with the whisk until the mixture is smooth. Add the eggs and continue to stir until well combined.
  • 5
    Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and gently tap the pan on a bench to release any large air bubbles. Bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and set aside for 2 minutes before turning onto a wire rack. Turn the cake right-way up and then set aside to cool completely.

Source: taste.com.au


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