Mum’s Chocolate Cake

July 8, 2010

Mum's Chocolate Cake
This is Mum’s special chocolate cake with special powers.

It had the power to score me some cool stuff on the playground: “trade you my Homer Simpson pencil topper for your slice of cake?”. Fun for a while, but soon I had to wait until everyone was busy playing handball before I could sneak out my pieces of cake without being mobbed. It’s the cake that suddenly made you everyone’s Bestest Friend. The cake that was waiting for us, warm and freshly iced after a hard day of spelling and math at school.

It’s the cake that was always there in the lunchbox for morning tea, delicately sprinkled with coconut or hundreds and thousands. Oh lordy, those seconds between releasing the goods from its tight clingfilm cocoon and filling your cake-hole seemed like eternity. Mum would include two pieces for my best friend and I. We’d sit on the benches, sharing cake and secrets, giggling over our crushes. When I was 10 years old way back in 1994 I had the biggest crush on Jonathan Taylor Thomas, or ‘JTT’. Who? You ask.

He played Randy on the TV show Home Improvement.

AND he was the voice of Simba in The Lion King.

And starred in a bunch of movies that are inconsequential now.

(take that Justin Bieber)

This chocolate cake has the power to conjure up Home. And I’ve been craving anything that reminds me of home right now. The neverending challenges and difficulties that have arisen in the 18 months I’ve been away from family and friends have seemed darn near insurmountable. This year I’ve learned the depths of personal strength, and learned how to perfect Mum’s chocolate cake recipe in the process.

It’s rewarding to notice how your baking skills improve with time: I’ve baked this cake occasionally over the last 10 years, and while the end result is perfectly fine, it just hasn’t had the exact same texture or flavour of Mum’s cake. But I’ve finally done it!

This recipe yields one crazy-moist chocolate cake perfect for afternoon tea, or even as a base for a birthday cake. You know what’s even better? It’s another One Bowl Wonder! The secret to it’s deep flavour and texture lies in the use of jam in the recipe. I’ve frosted the cake with my new favourite chocolate buttercream (which I managed to smear on the cake in the photo above, oops).

I must warn you: the frosting recipe makes more icing that the cake can hold. If you’re prone to sneaking spoonfuls of frosting from the bowl like me, you might want to place as much distance between the sugary goodess and yourself like the chocoholic in this hilarious Kids in The Hall sketch (another blast from the past). By the way, if my chocolate addiction ever goes this far, please stage an intervention:

Mum’s Chocolate Cake

YOU WILL NEED

Cake:
125g Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Plain Flour
3/4 cup Buttermilk
1/2 cup Caster Sugar
2 large Eggs
1/3 cup Self Raising Flour
1 teaspoon Bicarb Soda
1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup Strawberry Jam

Frosting:
300g Icing sugar
100g Unsalted Butter, room temperature
40g Cocoa Powder, sifted
50 ml Whole Milk

Makes one 20cm cake

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Grease a 20cm cake tin.

In a large bowl beat softened butter, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until thick, pale and creamy.
Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Pour in the jam and beat until the mixture is smooth.

Add the bicarb soda. Sift in half of the plain and self raising flours and cocoa powder, folding them in gently with half of the buttermilk. Add the remaining flour and buttermilk, continuing to fold until just combined. The mixture should resemble a thick chocolate mousse.

Scoop into the cake tin and bake for 35 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly touched and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool in the pan, then turn onto a wire rack.

To make the frosting, beat the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder with an electric mixer until combined. Add the milk, then whip the frosting with the beaters for around 5 minutes. This makes it nice and fluffy and helps dissolve some of the icing sugar. When the cake is completely cool, slather the top with frosting.

  • http://simonfoodfavourites.blogspot.com Simon Food Favourites

    this cake recipe sounds pretty simple and looks nice and moist. i’ll keep this one on my recipe list for when i need to make a chocolate cake. thanks for sharing :-)

  • http://simonfoodfavourites.blogspot.com Simon Food Favourites

    this cake recipe sounds pretty simple and looks nice and moist. i’ll keep this one on my recipe list for when i need to make a chocolate cake. thanks for sharing :-)

  • http://www.ledelicieux.com delicieux

    Sometimes there is nothing better than Mum’s cooking is there? Well, I suppose if your Mum can’t cook there is. Sounds like we were both lucky in that our Mum’s could.

    The cake looks and sounds delicious. :)

  • http://www.ledelicieux.com delicieux

    Sometimes there is nothing better than Mum’s cooking is there? Well, I suppose if your Mum can’t cook there is. Sounds like we were both lucky in that our Mum’s could.

    The cake looks and sounds delicious. :)

  • http://www.holdthebeef.com Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    omg, JTT! He was up on my wall, looking down on me through his floppy hair, possibly flanked by a poster of Christian Slater. How tastes change. My taste for delicious chocolate cake however, has remained unshakeable. Particularly when it is paired with a bowl of leftover frosting.

    Haven’t made a cake with jam inside it before but I am instantly taken by the idea.

  • http://www.holdthebeef.com Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    omg, JTT! He was up on my wall, looking down on me through his floppy hair, possibly flanked by a poster of Christian Slater. How tastes change. My taste for delicious chocolate cake however, has remained unshakeable. Particularly when it is paired with a bowl of leftover frosting.

    Haven’t made a cake with jam inside it before but I am instantly taken by the idea.

  • http://cookbookmaniac.com Amy @ cookbookmaniac

    interesting… strawberry jam in the batter. that sounds so intriguing! I must keep this in mind the next time that I make choccie cake. It looks so fluffy and yummy! *rubs tummy*

  • http://cookbookmaniac.com Amy @ cookbookmaniac

    interesting… strawberry jam in the batter. that sounds so intriguing! I must keep this in mind the next time that I make choccie cake. It looks so fluffy and yummy! *rubs tummy*

  • http://www.donutstodelirium.blogspot.com Heavenly Housewife

    My mom’s only cake recipe come out of a betty crocker box LOL. Cake looks delish and loved that video.
    Have a great weekend.
    *kisses* HH

  • http://www.donutstodelirium.blogspot.com Heavenly Housewife

    My mom’s only cake recipe come out of a betty crocker box LOL. Cake looks delish and loved that video.
    Have a great weekend.
    *kisses* HH

  • http://spoonforkandchopsticks.blogspot.com mademoiselle délicieuse

    This is my type of cake – pure, anadulterated chocolate joy. What could be better than your own mother’s chocolate cake (except for my mother who doesn’t bake!) to remind you of home. And warmth. And comfort.

    A bit of buttercream never hurt anyone either!

  • http://spoonforkandchopsticks.blogspot.com mademoiselle délicieuse

    This is my type of cake – pure, anadulterated chocolate joy. What could be better than your own mother’s chocolate cake (except for my mother who doesn’t bake!) to remind you of home. And warmth. And comfort.

    A bit of buttercream never hurt anyone either!

  • http://www.awhiskandaspoon.com steph (whisk/spoon)

    definitely a friend-maker!! can you taste the jam in there? JTT is way cuter than bieber!

  • http://www.awhiskandaspoon.com steph (whisk/spoon)

    definitely a friend-maker!! can you taste the jam in there? JTT is way cuter than bieber!

  • http://thecakemistress.com Cake Mistress

    JTT wins the cuteness stakes by far ;)
    Nah, you can’t taste the jam over the chocolate. It just makes things nice and sticky and sweet.

  • http://thecakemistress.com Cake Mistress

    JTT wins the cuteness stakes by far ;)
    Nah, you can’t taste the jam over the chocolate. It just makes things nice and sticky and sweet.

  • http://pinkvlove.tumblr.com/ Sally

    Hi there!
    I currently have this cake in the oven, and am sooo excited to taste the end result. I too am a chocolate addict, and will need restraint from eating the excess icing straight from the bowl.
    Thanks so much for the recipe.

    Sal x

  • http://pinkvlove.tumblr.com/ Sally

    Hi there!
    I currently have this cake in the oven, and am sooo excited to taste the end result. I too am a chocolate addict, and will need restraint from eating the excess icing straight from the bowl.
    Thanks so much for the recipe.

    Sal x

  • http://www.thecakedcrusader.blogspot.com the caked crusader

    I love cakes made with buttermilk – this looks awesome. Ooh, that frosting! Drooooooooool

  • http://www.thecakedcrusader.blogspot.com the caked crusader

    I love cakes made with buttermilk – this looks awesome. Ooh, that frosting! Drooooooooool

  • http://bettysbites.blogspot.com betty

    this cake looks fantastic!

  • http://bettysbites.blogspot.com betty

    this cake looks fantastic!

  • http://thecakemistress.com/blog/freerecipes/cakes/mums-chocolate-cake/?& Brock

    Maybe you have considered putting more videos for your content and keep your readers extra entertained? I mean I just read during the entire article of yours and it was quite excellent but since I’m really a visual learner,I found that to become more valuable. Just my my idea, Good luck

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