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Simple Chocolate Cake

I have not converted this recipe to US measurements, but a deciliter is about half a cup, so I would use that as a general basis.  I used deciliters for the entire recipe.  I made three small cakes with the batter (so my HM could take one with her to Berlin, and the kids possibly to bring another to their grandparents house.)  Overall this was very easy, quick to make, and all the ingredients are things we generally tend to have on hand anyway.  The batter was a bit runny but it rose quickly in the oven and came out perfectly (pics below.)

Simple Chocolate Cake


  • 1 slightly overflowing dl cocoa
  • 2 dl flour
  • 2.5 dl sugar
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • salt (a pinch or so)
  • 1.5 dl milk
  • 0.5 dl oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1.25 dl hot water
  • chocolate chips (a handful or so)


  1. Preheat oven to 180’C/350’F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together.  In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients together, then add to the dry ingredients.  Toss in the chocolate chips.
  3. Pour into a papered or greased pan and bake for 25+ minutes (more time for larger pans, possibly less for cupcakes.)  Let cool in pan.

To top it off I glazed the cakes with a frosting-glaze made of a tbsp butter, 2 tbsp milk, 5 tbsp powdered sugar, and 1 tbsp flour (to make it thicker without adding more sugar.  I’m working with diets here.)  Anyway I mixed the glaze and brushed it on the cakes, then added shaved chocolate for a decorative touch.  It came out very moist and delicious.




November 7, 2009 at 5:26 am Leave a comment

Apple-Cinnamon Pound Cake

Last night my host-dad’s mother came over after doing some hardcore apple picking in the afternoon.  We now have two large bowls of apples in the kitchen.  I already had plans for dinner (Jewish-Thai Fusion, I’ll blog about it once I see how it comes out) so I decided to make an apple-based dessert.  The kids I watch will eat anything in cake or cookie form, so that was my jumping off point.

Apple-Cinnamon Pound Cake

For this recipe I used a bundt cake pan.  Also please note that I am fully aware of the fact that my conversions between the US system and the metric system are not exact.  This hasn’t caused me any problems yet.

Ingredients  (Filling)

  1. Three average-to-large peeled then grated apples (drain or squeeze out excess juice)
  2. Brown sugar (enough to cover the apples)
  3. A couple shakes of cinnamon (add nutmeg and/or clove as well, for more spice if you like)
  4. Lemon juice (half a lemon/a couple squirts from the lemon juice thing)
  5. Flour (enough to thicken the mixture)
  6. A small handful of oatmeal

Ingredients (Cake)

  1. 2 sticks of margarine/250g container of margerine
  2. 8oz package of cream cheese/200g container of cream cheese
  3. 1.5 cups sugar/300g sugar
  4. 4 eggs
  5. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  7. 1.5 tsp baking powder
  8. 2.25 cups flour/290g flour
  9. Raisins and/or pecans/walnuts


  1. Pre-heat oven to 325’F/160’C
  2. Butter and flour the bundt pan
  3. Peel and grate the apples.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix the apples, lemon juice, enough brown sugar to lightly coat the apples, spices, and a couple tsp of flour to thicken the mixture and hold it together.  Ignore the oatmeal for now.
  5. In a large bowl, mix the cake ingredients in one-at-a-time, in the order they are listed.  Mix after putting each individual food-item in bowl.  I use a fork or a whisk to do this, though if you prefer it thicker use a food processor.
  6. Add half the cake batter to the pan, layer with about 2/3 of the filling, smooth, add the rest of the cake batter, top with remaining filling.  Sprinkle the oatmeal on top to give it a bit of a crunch.  Lightly pat the topping into the batter so that it sets.
  7. Bake for 60-70 minutes.

Personally, I enjoy lightly grilling or toasting (in a toaster oven) a slice of this cake and eating it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.  Yum =]


September 15, 2009 at 1:04 pm 4 comments

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