Thank you to wonderful frequent visitor to the studio Megan for this fantastic cake recipe, created to celebrate the birthday of one of our dear friends to the studios. Maybe I was just tasting the love in it on the night, but this is simply the most wonderful chocolate cake I have ever had. And because the cook kept telling me how simple this one-pan cake recipe is, I just had ask for a copy to share with you!

  • 1/3 cup of cocoa powder
  • 75g of unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup light olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 90g good quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk, sour cream, or yoghurt

Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius and butter a round cake tin.

Line the base with buttered baking paper, then dust the tin with flour.

Shake out the excess flour and put it aside.

Put the cocoa, butter, oil, and water into a fairly large saucepan.

Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring regularly until smooth, then remove from the heat.

Add the chocolate and sugar and whisk until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool.

When cool, add the egg and vanilla and whisk them in thoroughly. Sift in the flour and baking powder and stir until just combined. Whisk in the buttermilk.

Pour the batter into the prepared tin and shake gently to even it out. Bake the cake for about 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre withdraws clean. Cool the cake in the pan for five minutes, then turn out onto the rack, remove the paper, and leave to cool completely.