Boiled chocolate cake

Boiled chocolate cake - A Sweet Muddle

I’ve experimented with various chocolate cake recipes over the years, but it’s this boiled chocolate cake which I keep returning to time and again, thanks to its simplicity and the wonderfully moist cake the recipe produces each time without fail.

It also holds a particularly special place in my heart, being the first cake I baked on my own as a child.  There’s no denying that there have been a good few failures in the kitchen since that day, but my first dalliance with baking was a wonderful success, thanks to this recipe. Boiled chocolate cake - A Sweet Muddle

To top things off today I’ve made this wonderfully rich ganache.  However, depending on the occasion, I find a light dusting of icing sugar can serve equally as well, albeit not quite as dramatic visually.

Boiled chocolate cake - A Sweet Muddle

Boiled chocolate cake

A simple and deliciously moist chocolate cake

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  1. 125 g unsalted butter
  2. 2 tbsp cocoa
  3. 1 1/2 cups caster sugar
  4. 1 cup water
  5. 1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
  6. 1 1/2 cups self raising flour, sifted
  7. 2 eggs
For the ganache
  1. 200 ml cream
  2. 200 g good quality dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and grease and line an 18 cm round cake tin.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat.
  3. Add the cocoa, sugar and water. With a hand whisk, gently stir the mixture until ingredients combine and the mixture starts to boil.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer for a couple of minutes before removing from the heat.
  5. Allow to cool slightly, then add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan and stir with hand whisk until mixture forms a smooth consistency.
  6. Pour the cake mixture into the cake tin and bake in the pre-heated oven for 50 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and leave to stand in cake tin for 5 minutes, then turn out onto rack and leave to cool.
For the ganache
  1. Place the cream in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until the cream is just about to boil (small bubbles will start to form around the edges of the pan).
  2. Remove from heat and then add the chocolate and stir until melted and smooth.
  3. Allow the ganache to cool for 5-10 minutes, then pour the warm mixture over the cake.
  4. Leave to set before serving.
  1. A good test for checking if the cake is cooked is to insert a wooden skewer into the middle. If it comes out clean – the cake is cooked. If it comes out wet – it needs a little longer in the oven.
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5 Comments on Boiled chocolate cake

  1. Name*
    09/12/2013 at 11:11 pm (10 years ago)

    I haven’t baked that chocolate cake in ages. I must have a go when I get home. Your photos make my mouth water xxx Mum

    • Rachel
      10/12/2013 at 6:05 pm (10 years ago)

      Thanks – you should definitely bake it but leave it a few days as I’ll still be eating my way through this one! x

  2. Jenny
    09/12/2013 at 10:25 pm (10 years ago)

    Sounds delicious. As a chocoholic from way back, this is the recipe for me. Am away at the moment but might try this as soon as I get home.

    • Rachel
      09/12/2013 at 10:37 pm (10 years ago)

      Thanks Jen, glad to hear. Hope you enjoy your time away and I look forward to hearing how the cake turns out x


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