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Never Fail Chocolate Cake


I have been using the recipe for this simple chocolate cake since my children were born and it has never let me down yet!

Actually, that’s not really true.  It was probably a few years after Lucia, my first daughter was born that I even entertained the idea of making a birthday cake myself!  I remember for Lucia’s first birthday, ordering a sponge cake from the local patisserie and decorating it myself!  It was quite hard and cold, most likely having spent some time in the fridge before I picked it up.  Not delicious, fluffy and wholesome like you expect a birthday cake to be!  Now, I can make a cake in my sleep but don’t worry if you are just beginning on your baking journey – this cake always turns out beautifully!

This Easy Chocolate Cake features in my new eBook, Mamacino: Kids Party Time along with a moist and citrus-y gluten and dairy free orange cake and the most gorgeous vanilla cup cakes.  It’s made with real ingredients and feeds a crowd.  It can be pimped up or served simply with some whipped cream and fruit on the side.  Actually, it may even taste best with a cup of tea after all party guests have gone home and all children are in bed!

Easy Chocolate Cake





2 1/2 cups white spelt flour

4 T raw cacao powder (or good quality cocoa)

1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder

4 tsp baking powder

1 cup of rapadura sugar

250g softened butter

1 cup of milk

4 free range/organic eggs

What to do:

Preheat oven to 170C and grease and line a 20cm x 30cm baking tin with baking paper (or you could use two 22cm round tins or 3 18cm round tins but you will need to shorten the cooking time by 10 and fifteen minutes respectively).

Place all ingredients in a stand mixer and beat on medium speed for around five minutes until well combined, light and fluffy.

Scoop the cake batter into the tin and smooth over with a spatula.  Bake for 45 minutes or until cooked (insert a skewer and if it comes out clean, it’s cooked!).

Allow to cool before icing and decorating however you wish.

*If you require a gluten free chocolate cake for your next party, try my Decadent Chocolate Celebration Cake.


For ideas and tips on how to make all kinds of icing and cake toppings take a look at my eBook, Kids Party Time.  There is lots of whole food recipes, ideas and handy hints for making your next celebration a delicious, but healthy one!



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4 thoughts on “Never Fail Chocolate Cake

  1. Hi Kristin
    This looks amazing – I will make it soon with my little guy. And will buy your book too.

    Just one question I can’t find the answer to – what’s the difference between cacao and cocoa? Here in Canada they often say both on the same pack.


    1. It is confusing Tracey! Raw cacao has not been heat treated assuming all nutrients are left in tact. Cocoa has been heat treated and so is less nutrient dense – that’s a simple away to look at it. Some people find raw cacao very stimulating and the flavour is stronger so you usually need less. I will use both kinds from time to time x

  2. Hi there,
    Just wondering where you get vanilla powder from, and why you use it over liquid vanilla?

    1. Hi Bron, I just used it because it’s what I had on hand. I buy it from Honest to Goodness but you could definitely substitute with a teaspoon of vanilla paste or extract.

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