Gooey chocolate cake



  1. Plain flour –1 cup
  2. Baking soda – 1/2 tsp. + 1/2 tsp.;divided
  3. Baking powder – 1/2 tsp.
  4. Salt – 1/4 tsp.
  5. Unsweetened cocoa powder – 2 tbsps.
  6. Butter – 100 grams; softened
  7. Water – 1/2 cup
  8. Eggs – 1 number, medium
  9. Caster sugar – 1 cup
  10. Vanilla essence – 1 tsp.
  11. Buttermilk – 1/4  cup
  12. Semi-sweet chocolate chips – 3/4 cup

For the frosting:-

  1. Butter – 50 grams
  2. Unsweetened cocoa powder – 1 tbsp.
  3. Cream – 1.5 tbsp.
  4. Vanilla essence – 1/2 tsp.
  5. Salt – a pinch
  6. Icing sugar – 1/2 cup + 2 level tbsps. or 125 grams


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Sift together the plain flour, salt, baking powder & 1/2 tsp. of baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Add 1 tbsp. of plain flour to the chocolate chips. Toss and keep aside.
  4. Combine the cocoa powder, water and butter in a medium sauce pan and heat till the butter melts completely. Keep aside to cool. Add the egg and essence to the cooled mixture and beat with a handmixer. Beat in the caster sugar. Fold in the sifted flour mixture and mix. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Add the reserved 1/2 tsp. of baking soda to the buttermilk and mix. Quickly add this to the cake batter and mix gently but thoroughly.
  6. Transfer the cake batter to a prepared 8″ round cake tin.
  7. Bake at 180C for 30-35 minutes.
  8. 5 minutes before the cake is done, prepare the frosting. Combine the butter, cream and cocoa powder in a medium sauce pan and heat till the butter melts completely. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Add the icing sugar, salt and essence. Beat well with a hand mixer till fluffy.
  9.  Spread the frosting over the hot cake.

Source:- Food diaries by Zarnak Sidhwa

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