Meet Nigella Lawson’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake. It’s rather ironic that it’s an old fashioned cake, because this recipe thrills the food geek in me. I was drawn to it mainly because it’s one of her food processor cake recipes. All the ingredients go into the food processor, gets processed and voila, the batter is ready. See? Nothing old-fashioned about that, is there? Plus, it’s easy as to make! But I’ve made it again and again since then not so much because it’s easy, but because I love how this chocolate cake tastes. Chocolatey and not-too-sweet. It’s officially my favourite chocolate cake.

The other thing that the food geek in me loves about this recipe is this : I was given some lovely digital scales for Christmas, and it makes making this cake even more of…a piece of cake! (Sorry, couldn’t help myself!) Now, all I need do is to place the bowl of my food processor on my scales, tare it (ie press ‘zero’), and then measure out each ingredient straight into the food processor bowl, hitting ‘zero’ before I add the next ingredient. No messing around with mixing bowls and spoons! Just have fun pressing buttons! I should re-name it the Hi-Tech Choc Cake.

Weigh + Spin

Pour + Bake


Here’s the link to the recipe for the cake. Most of the instructions are about how to make the icing. Which looks luscious, I have to admit, but I’ve not attempted to make it because it kind of takes away from the quick-n-easy-ness that I like about this recipe. In fact, I iced the cake with Betty Crocker’s Vanilla Icing, because I’d bought some for a kids craft project and there was just enough leftover. And, true to my casual (disrespectful) attitude to recipes, I ignored the instructions to use 2 x 20cm cake tins, and bunged the lot into a 23cm tin.