Retro Caramel Chocolate Cake

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This retro chocolate caramel cake tastes quite similar to a sticky date pudding. To finish the cake, I went with a simple chocolate glace icing and a sprinkling of finely chopped walnuts for a little bit of crunch. The caramel flavour in this old-fashioned Caramel Chocolate Cake recipe comes from the golden syrup.

The caramel flavour in this old-fashioned Caramel Chocolate Cake recipe comes from golden syrup. Although caramel with fleur de sel or dulce de leche are standard these days, it’s refreshing to come back to a more down-to-earth baking style. The1970s housewives who contributed this recipe to a now vintage cookbook have provided an unpretentious, uncomplicated glorious rich cake that tastes quite similar to a sticky date pudding. To finish the cake, I went with a simple chocolate glace icing, and a sprinkling of finely chopped walnuts for a little bit of crunch.

RETRO CARAMEL CHOCOLATE CAKE

Makes: one 21 cm round cake, serves 8-12 people

Difficulty: Easy

EQUIPMENT:

21cm round cake tin

INGREDIENTS:

Cake

185g Plain Flour
1 large Egg
120g Unsalted Butter, softened to room temperature
200g Caster Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda
250ml Whole Milk, at room temperature
1 tablespoon Golden Syrup
1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Cinnamon Powder
1 pinch Salt

Chocolate Icing

140g Icing Sugar Mixture
1 teaspoon Butter, softened
1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
Water
Handful of walnuts, finely chopped (optional)

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius (150 fan-forced; 340F). Line the bottom of the cake tin with baking paper. Grease the sides with non-stick spray. Set the kitchen timer for 40 minutes.

Add the softened butter and sugar to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat them together on medium speed until the mixture is pale thick and creamy. Beat in the egg.

In a separate bowl stir the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate soda and salt together until evenly combined. Turns the beaters to low-medium speed and slowly pour in the milk and dry ingredients at the same time. Beat in the golden syrup.

Split the batter equally between two bowls. To one bowl stir in the cinnamon and cocoa powder until it’s well mixed. Pour this cocoa batter into the cake tin first. Smooth the surface with a spatula.

Pour the other caramel-flavoured batter on top. Smooth with a spatula.

Check the oven has reached the correct temperature. Place the cake tin on the middle rack of the oven. The cake is ready when the top springs back when pressed and a skewer in the middle comes out clean. If it’s not ready, add another 5 minutes to the timer and check again. Baking time is up to 55 minutes.

Remove cake from the tin. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn the cake onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Prepare the chocolate icing. In a small bowl add the icing sugar, soft butter and cocoa powder. Dribble in a little water at a time and stir the mixture until you get an easily spreadable consistency. Spread the icing over the cake.

BAKING TIPS:

  • Store cake at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Recipe adapted from Misses Bernice & Trixie Shaddick, in the Nyamutin Farm Cookbook (1973).

Retro Caramel Chocolate Cake
Retro Caramel Chocolate Cake
This chocolate caramel cake is from a 1970s cookbook, where the caramel flavour comes from golden syrup. Top with chocolate icing.
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Servings Prep Time Cook Time Passive Time
12slices 20mins 45mins 30mins
Servings Prep Time
12slices 20mins
Cook Time Passive Time
45mins 30mins
Ingredients
  • Caramel Chocolate Cake
  • 185 g Plain Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 120 g Unsalted Butter softened to room temperature
  • 200 g Caster Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda
  • 250 ml Full Cream Milk at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon Golden Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • Chocolate Icing
  • 140 g Icing Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Unsalted Butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
  • Water
  • Walnuts finely chopped (optional)
Servings: slices
Units:
Ingredients
  • Caramel Chocolate Cake
  • 185 g Plain Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 120 g Unsalted Butter softened to room temperature
  • 200 g Caster Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda
  • 250 ml Full Cream Milk at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon Golden Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • Chocolate Icing
  • 140 g Icing Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Unsalted Butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
  • Water
  • Walnuts finely chopped (optional)
Servings: slices
Units:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius (150 fan-forced; 340F). Line the bottom of a 20cm (8in) cake tin with baking paper. Grease the sides with non-stick spray.
  2. Add the softened butter and sugar to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat them together on medium speed until the mixture is pale thick and creamy. Beat in the egg.
  3. In a separate bowl stir the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate soda and salt together until evenly combined. Turns the beaters to low-medium speed and slowly pour in the milk and dry ingredients at the same time. Beat in the golden syrup.
  4. Split the batter equally between two bowls. To one bowl stir in the cinnamon and cocoa powder until it’s well mixed. Pour this cocoa batter into the cake tin first. Smooth the surface with a spatula.
  5. Pour the other caramel-flavoured batter on top. Smooth with a spatula.
  6. Check the oven has reached the correct temperature. Place the cake tin on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 45-55 minutes. The cake is ready when the top springs back when pressed and a skewer in the middle comes out clean.
  7. Remove cake from the tin. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn the cake onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Prepare the chocolate icing. In a small bowl add the icing sugar, soft butter and cocoa powder. Dribble in a little water at a time and stir the mixture until you get an easily spreadable consistency. Spread the icing over the cake.
Recipe Notes
  • Store cake at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Nutrition Facts
Retro Caramel Chocolate Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 198mg 8%
Potassium 91mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 31g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 7%
Calcium 3%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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