Celebrate with a light chocolate cake

Published: April 28, 2012

This recipe is light and guilt free – to a certain extent. PHOTO: SABA CALLEA

When you are a follower of a club like Chelsea FC, you don’t come across many reasons to celebrate. However, this week in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final at Camp Nou, Chelsea against all odds beat the Spanish giants Barcelona to the final.

Overjoyed by the victory of my club, I instantaneously decided to celebrate and came up with this interesting version of a chocolate cake. You can call it an imitation of chocolate fudge cake because of the exclusion of butter and sour cream, which have been replaced by corn oil and buttermilk, respectively. This recipe is light and guilt-free – to a certain extent.

Astonishingly, the absence of butter does not compromise on the softness. The cake still comes out moist and supple. I also kept the quantity of sugar less to compensate for the sugary icing.

Here is the recipe of this extremely delightful chocolate dessert. Do treat yourself to the comforting texture and well balanced flavours that will melt in your mouth for sure!

Ingredients for the cake

2 cups of flour

¾ to 1 cup of sugar

3  eggs

¾ cup of oil (corn oil or vegetable oil)

2/3 cup of buttermilk (normal milk with juice of half a lemon)

2-3 tablespoons of baking cocoa

1 teaspoon of baking powder

½ teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

1 teaspoon of chocolate essence (optional)

Ingredients for the icing:

½ to ¾  cups of icing sugar

1 teaspoon of butter

¼ cup of water

A few drops of liquid blue colour

Directions to bake the cake

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Sift flour, baking powder and baking soda and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat oil with sugar (grind the sugar in a coffee grinder if it is not fine). Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. This way the batter will get fluffy . Now add the vanilla and chocolate essence followed by cocoa powder.
  • After this, gradually add the flour, baking powder and baking soda mix to the batter along with the buttermilk. The batter will get thick as you add the dry ingredients, but keep adding the milk till the mixture reaches a smooth consistency.
  • Line your baking tin with wax paper, grease the sides and  pour in the batter.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Directions for the icing

  • Dissolve the blue colour in water.
  • In a bowl mix the butter with icing sugar and slowly add the blue water, teaspoon by teaspoon, to this mixture. Keep mixing until you get a fluffy icing.
  • Spread over the cooled cake with a flat knife or the back of a spoon. Decorate as you desire and celebrate with friends and family!

Read more by Saba here.


Saba Callea

A foodie who is pursuing a Business degree from London School of Economics as an international student.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • abbas

    HALA MADRID !!!!! Good post by the writerRecommend

  • sultan bhai

    o la la, delicieux! marveilleux! savoureux!Recommend

  • Ayesha

    Great and easy recipe! Gonna try it soon.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Chelsea wins at football – pretty girl in London decides to celebrate by making a chocolate cake……………………. how times have changed.Recommend

  • Ashar

    Well, if you do not have a bread to eat, eat cakeRecommend

  • http://syedaabidabokhari.wordpress.com The Only Normal Person Here.

    Pic of the cake is not good. Judge a recipe by its picture? Recommend

  • Messi

    Looking at this cake……must lose to chelsea more!Recommend

  • http://syedaabidabokhari.wordpress.com The Only Normal Person Here.

    Hahaha, good one Messi.Recommend

  • S.Batool

    I tried it and it was awesome. Keep posting new receipes. I am a big fan of yours.Recommend

  • Abdullah Shahid

    mmm…. seems delicious!!!!Recommend

  • MO

    Looks yummy….Recommend

  • AK

    Fantastic recipe….just tried it!Recommend

  • pani ki tanki

    ohhh im on my kneees!!!Recommend

  • Ayesha

    Tried making it today! The cake turned out perfect and I made red icing instead of blue because I had that food colour.Recommend