Food & Recipes

I want Chocolate CAKE!

A few days ago I decided I wanted to make a chocolate cherry cake without a recipe. I’ve made a chocolate cake without a recipe before and it turned out quite tasty. It’s a great way to use up bits and pieces in the fridge.

Here’s the result:

For those keen to have a go, here’s the ‘sort-of’ recipe (ie. don’t expect anything to be exact – you’ll need to play with it)

  • Half a jar of morello cherries
  • butter
  • sugar
  • self raising flour
  • 3 eggs
  • sour cream
  • milk
  • vanilla essence
  • cocoa
  • teaspoon of instant coffee, disolved in hot water
  1. Pre-heat oven to roughly 170’C
  2. Lay cherries out on the bottom of a lightly greased cake pan – do not under any circumstances use a spring form pan, unless you enjoy cherry juice leaking out and running down the cupboards, oven, floor. Yes, this happened to me.
  3. Cream butter and sugar. I used around 3/4 cup of sugar and a few tablespoons of butter
  4. Add sour cream – again a couple of tablespoons
  5. Mix in some vanilla essence, 4 tablespoons of cocoa, the coffee and eggs
  6. You should now have a runny-ish batter
  7. Start sifting in flour – roughly a cup.
  8. The batter will now be more like dough, add enough milk to make it runny again
  9. Spoon the batter over the cherries, place in the oven and bake until a skewer comes out clean.
  10. Turn out onto a rack to cool – the cake may fall apart at this stage, but it will taste just as good. Promise.



  1. Kylie

    October 19, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    That looks delicious :)

  2. Kim Steele

    October 19, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Now I wouldn’t mind having a go at that – instead of giving measurements, just have recipes with the ingredients. Interesting to see how different everyone’s could come out.

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