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Chocolate and Treacle Cake

Plain chocolate cake all the time can get a bit boring. And sometimes there’s treacle begging to be used, and you want to try something new. If this sounds familiar, here’s a yummy cake for you. As long as you like treacle, naturally.

Makes 2 x 700g loaves

Cake

225ml milk
2 heaped teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
4 medium eggs plus one yolk
200ml vegetable oil
2 tablespoons black treacle
2 tablespoons golden syrup
300g caster sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
400g plain flour

  1. Preheat the oven to 120°C.
  2. Grease 2 x 700g loaf tins.
  3. Gently warm the milk and dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in it.
  4. Whisk together the eggs, yolk, vegetable oil, treacle and syrup.
  5. Pour the milk onto the treacle mix.
  6. Sift together the dry ingredients and stir into the wet until just combined.
  7. Bake for about 1 hour & 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Icings

50g butter or margarine
1 tablespoon black treacle
1 tablespoon milk
225g  icing sugar, sifted

  1. Beat together; swirl on cake

50g icing sugar
1 capful black food dye

  1. Mix so that it makes a writing icing then ice on the cake
Basic recipe from Waitrose then a different icing used to enhance the treacle-taste. Mix of cakey base, soft frosting, then hard, set glacé writing makes for a tasty juxtaposition.
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4 thoughts on “Chocolate and Treacle Cake

  1. it says whisk eggs, yolk, oil treacle and syrup….but nowhere in the recipe does it say how many eggs!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Oops! Sorry about that! Copy error when moving across… just updated it from the waitrose link I’d included above: 4 eggs, one yolk.

  2. i use a square tin i then slice down the middle and place lashings of fresh whipped cream much nicer than icing on the top also if you add a compot of black cherris with the crean its to die for

    • Glad you got it to work for you – that also sounds a nice combination, though I have to admit being a huge fan of treacle/liquorice/aniseed etc the icing combo works for me!

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