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The chocolate slab cake, which I posted about nearly a year ago, has been the most widely made recipe on our blog.

I think that’s because it’s easy to make and results in a large quantity of chocolate cake, without the need for any fancy icing or too much fuss.  It’s perfect for a party, and has the simplicity of a packet mix (almost!), but with really great ingredients – Belgian chocolate, real butter and eggs, and no funny preservative numbers.  Because it’s based around a devil’s food cake recipe, the resultant crumb is moist and tender, and as an added bonus, it slices cleanly into neat portions for sharing.  Here it is cut into baby 3cm squares, so you can see what I mean…

Pete describes it as the chocolate cake equivalent of those little wrapped bars of vanilla ice cream we used to buy when we were kids – unpretentious and comforting to eat in large quantities.

For me, it’s a communal cake, which is why I love baking it so much.  I made a slab yesterday, and a piece has gone to the neighbours, another piece is on its way to the school music department and a third piece will go to my friends at the cheese shop when I make my way over there later on today.

Joanna in Bristol asked me for metric measurements, so I weighed up my ingredients as I was making this yesterday.  Here they are…


  • 440ml  boiling water
  • 170g dark chocolate, chopped finely (we use Callebaut callets)
  • 110g unsweetened cocoa
  • 300g plain (all purpose) flour
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), sifted
  • good pinch salt
  • 285g unsalted butter, softened
  • 380g brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 100g dark chocolate callets, or finely chopped chocolate
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 100g icing sugar, sifted (it’s important to sift, or you’ll get lumpy icing)
  • 60ml milk

I’ve also updated the lists on the original post, which has the instructions for putting the cake together.  I hope you’ll try it out.  In our house, having one of these cakes on the go makes everyone feel just that little bit better.

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