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Emergency Chocolate Cake Recipe

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by Debbie Lustig (subscribe)
My work has been published in The Age, The Herald-Sun, The Australian, The Big Issue, Australian Birdlife, The Bark (USA), Eureka Street, Overland and The Australian Jewish News.
Published March 6th 2012
Your dinner guests arrive in half an hour. One of your kids needs a birthday cake. You have to bring a plate to your book group/neighbourhood barbecue/school cake stall/afternoon tea picnic.
Easiest chocolate cake ever

A chocolate cake is needed. But you've got no eggs, no chocolate and no butter. What to do?

Here's the solution. Emergency Chocolate Cake is simple, quick and ridiculously inexpensive. With only two steps, even children can tackle this with success.


1 1/2 cups flour
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
1 cup sugar
6 1/2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 cup cold water

Sift flour, cocoa and bicarb then add sugar. Mix well.
Add everything else and beat with a whisk to remove lumps.
Bake in greased, 20 cm square or round tin at 180 degrees for 35 minutes.
Cool for 10 minutes then turn onto cake rack.

Presentation ideas:

Chocolate icing drizzled over
Fresh strawberries
Lemon icing
All of the above, plus chocolate sprinkles
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Why? Because chocolate cake is a right, not a luxury
Your Comment
Hi. The Brunetti one was probably nicer, but that's all this is: an emergency cake.
by Debbie Lustig (score: 2|529) 3265 days ago
That sounds great! My Mum doesn't eat eggs so this might be the perfect recipe for her. I will have to give it a go. Thanks!
by Samantha Jeffree (score: 2|304) 3345 days ago
Where was this cake recipe when I urgently needed a child's birthday cake , and ended up spending $40 for a chocolate mud cake from Cafe Brunelli/Glynde? Well, the test will be in the tasting today! But seriously, will have to try this cake, love the idea of the addition of oil, this always makes for a lovely, moist cake. Love it in a carrot cake, for instance. There is a chocolate and beetroot cake and a chocolate and tomato soup cake I've been wanting to try making for ages. Think this one will finally inspire me, Debbie. I also have an eggless fruit cake I might share!
by curiouser&curiouser (score: 2|526) 3265 days ago
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