Thursday, 3 December 2009

Big Nana's Chocolate Cake

After Miss T's comment on this post about her Bikki Grandma and Grandpa I thought I'd share with you my big Nana's chocolate cake recipe. First of all please let me clarify my Nana was a baking legend. She used to make cakes for charity sales and people would queue up early to buy her cakes. I’m not sure I would have made as many friends at University had I not been sent up north with a food box from my Nana. Her cakes were so delicious I can’t describe them appropriately.

All of the women in my family have made this cake – none of us can make it as light and yummy as my Nana did.

(image from here via here)

7oz self raising flour
8oz castor sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1oz cocoa
4oz soft margarine
2 medium eggs
5 tablespoons of Evaporated milk
5 tablespoons of water
Few drops of vanilla essence

Sieve the flour, cocoa, salt and sugar and mix
Rub in the margarine
Stir in the egg, evaporated milk, water and vanilla essence
Beat well (the mixture is very runny but just go with it)

Grease and flour two tins and divide the mixture between them
Bake for 30-35 minutes at gas mark 4 (I think this depends on your oven, usually takes longer than that in our oven).

Sorry these are the only instructions we have, my Nana didn’t measure anything. I’m not sure who managed to get these details from her, but I can’t imagine it was easy.


  1. Thanks for sharing this. I will be sure to give it a try

  2. totally going to try this, I'm considering a trip to the shops right now to get evaporated milk. is there no icing? (just so I know)

  3. We never managed to get hold of the icing recipe so we just use a standard butter icing recipe.

  4. but of course you add cocoa to make it chocolate icing - sorry I hit post before finishing the thought process.

  5. Sorry I shouldn't really be the one that comments most on my own post. But if anyone has any ideas what to do with the rest of the tin of evaporated milk I'd be keen to hear. If you do make the cake please let me know how it turns out.

  6. Oh shucks, thanks for the shout out. Feeling very honored. Mmmmm cake...

  7. Yay for family recipes! Mmm, sherry trifle and rum baba


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