Hot Milk Chocolate Cake

DSC_5972When I was 13 and in my first year of high school, we had the most wonderful subject called HouseCraft. It was taught once a week, over a four hour period, and was only for the girls in class – the boys had to do WoodWork. Our teacher was in her 60s, had grey hair in a bun, and wore a gingham apron. She looked like the gran in Little Red Riding Hood and lived to bake and cook.
Each week we’d make the dishes that she assured us would help ‘catch a husband’ – four cheese macaroni, cottage pie, cauliflower cheese, beef olives (not as weird as it sounds) and hot milk chocolate cake.
Two years later, apple-cheeked gran retired and we got a new, younger, stringier teacher. HouseCraft became Domestic Science and we learnt about nutrition, calorie counting and the four basic food groups. Husbands were never mentioned again but I kept the recipe for hot milk chocolate cake just in case.


4 eggs, 375ml sugar, 30ml butter, 250ml milk, 500ml cake flour, 20ml baking powder, 40ml cocoa powder, 2 ml salt.

Beat the eggs until light and fluffy, add sugar gradually and continue beating until thick and glossy.

Add butter to milk and heat until butter melts.

Sift dry ingredients and fold into the egg mixture together with the hot milk.

Pour into 2 greased and lined 200mm round tins. Bake in the centre of a pre-heated moderate oven (180 C) for 30 – 35 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed.

Leave to cool before icing with chocolate icing. I put apricot jam in the middle which is delicious.


6 Responses to “Hot Milk Chocolate Cake”

  1. 1 Lisa May 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I’d totally audition for the role of husband if it meant someone would keep me fed on macaroni cheese and hot milk chocolate cake…

    LOL! I think her master plan was to nab a rich one and feed him into an early grave. It would be a happy, albeit short, life though. With the weather along the Cape coast today, the cake has gone down particularly well. . . to be honest, there isn’t really weather that doesn’t go with chocolate cake.

  2. 2 wonk May 17, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Oh wow, that picture caught my eye when I was lurking on Condron, it looks droolable. I think I might try making that myself soon!

    Off now to investigate some other things that caught my eye, pidgeon soup and turtoise broth sound…intriguing to my staid British ears, LOL!

    Yip wonk, chocolate cake will lure them in every time! And you Brits have your share of classic foods – most of them great for the winter we are heading into here in the Southern hemisphere.

    • 3 wonk May 24, 2009 at 4:24 pm

      I made it today, well kinda!

      Adapted to cupcakes and added a little bit of trimmings. Mine didn’t look quite as dark chocolaty in colour as yours but they are still very yummy. Thanks so much for the recipe – a definite hit! 🙂

      Pleasure wonk! And cupcakes sound brilliant – somehow more satisfying to have a pile of little cakes rather than one big one. More icing too!

  3. 4 shoreacres May 21, 2009 at 3:08 am

    When the port wine jelly rolled through, I managed to resist – all of that mathematics involved in doing the conversions, don’t you know. But this cake? Bring on the metric system!

    Your comment about chocolate cake going with all weather reminded me of my own gran’s insistence that there’s no such thing as “left-over cake”. According to her, you either have cake, or you don’t. End of discussion.

    I anticipate having hot milk chocolate cake for a little while – and then not!

    Your gran sounds like a real sage! Any woman who gives thought to the life span of cake – well, that beats Plato any day.

  4. 5 Lisa May 22, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Thank you for the lovely recipe – made it on Wednesday for brother and sister-in-law and new nephew that are visiting from Joburg. I swear, chocolate cake and coffee are an even better breakfast than tea and toast…

    Yipee! Glad it worked out. . . and with your new skinny-person metabolism, chocolate cake is the new Special-K!

  5. 6 shoreacres May 22, 2009 at 11:48 am

    That same Gran was much beloved by her family because she also allowed that pie was a perfect breakfast food. It was the fruit that was the qualifier, of course.

    Apple pie with a slice of cheddar and a bit of bacon on the side is wonderful!

    Wow, that does sound divine! I’m pretty sure that combo covers the four basic food groups too. . .

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