Chocolate & brown sugar cake

Chocolate & brown sugar cake

20 mins
Cooking time
35 mins
Deidre Rooney

A very good cake for children, this is reasonably healthy and quick to make and ice. It keeps well un-iced if you want to make it a few days in advance of serving.

From the grocer


Quantity Ingredient
150g butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
225g self-raising wholemeal flour
50g unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
175g soft dark brown sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
250g plain yoghurt
35ml milk, plus a little more if necessary
225g dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
15g unsalted butter
100g creme fraiche


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a 20 cm square cake tin with butter and line the base with baking paper.
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Put the bran that collects in the sieve back into the mixture.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy and light and then add the eggs a little at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the yoghurt and fold in the flour mixture. Add enough milk to produce a reluctant dropping consistency.
  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared tin and bake for about 35 minutes. You can test to see whether it’s done by sticking a skewer into the middle – it should come out clean. Leave the cake in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To make the glaze, melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir a little to help it along but be careful not to let the chocolate get too hot – the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water. Remove the bowl from the heat, add the unsalted butter and stir until completely melted. Add the crème fraîche and stir vigorously.
  6. Leave to cool and firm up a little before you spread the glaze over the cake with a palette knife. Leave to set before cutting.
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