Chocolate potato cake

Chocolate potato cake

The New Nordic
Simon Bajada

Chocolate mud cake is always a winner! In this recipe, using potatoes instead of flour gives the cake a rich, luxurious consistency. It is not traditional but, in the new Nordic style, makes great use of the region’s most beloved vegetable. Fans of dark chocolate will particularly enjoy this cake because it’s loaded with bitter cocoa– make sure you use top quality cocoa powder though, as there’s no disguising an inferior product. The potatoes will help the cake keep moist for at least a day or two after baking.


Quantity Ingredient
400g potatoes, skin on
2 eggs
60g caster sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
100g unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
25g dry breadcrumbs, for baking
2 tablespoons icing sugar, to decorate
200ml whipping cream, to serve


  1. Boil the potatoes (in their skins) in a large saucepan of water for 10–15 minutes, until soft. Drain, then carefully peel away and discard the skins and mash the flesh until very smooth, or put through a ricer. Chill in the refrigerator until cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 150°C. Whisk the eggs, caster sugar, baking powder and butter in a large bowl for about 5 minutes, until pale and fluffy. Add the cocoa powder and whisk for 1 minute.
  3. Add the cooled potatoes and combine only until the white potato colour is absorbed by the brown. If you over-mix, the starch from the potatoes will make the batter gluey and affect the texture of the cake.
  4. Grease an 18–20 cm round cake tin with butter and sprinkle the breadcrumbs on the base and side. Spoon the batter into the tin. It will be thicker than a normal cake batter, so use a spatula to smooth over the surface.
  5. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes. It will resemble a classic mud cake.
  6. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, before transferring to a serving plate.
  7. Sprinkle over the icing sugar and serve with whipped cream.
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