• Cooking Time: 60
  • Servings: 8
  • Preparation Time: 10


Adults will probably like it lightly sprinkled with sea salt


  • Cake:
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup quality Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • Frosting Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Confectioners Sugar
  • ¼ cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tablespoon softened Unsalted Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons Warm Water, plus more for dipping the knife when spreading the frosting


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease and line an 8 inch springform cake tin with baking paper.
  • For the cake: sift the flour, baking soda, cocoa and sugar into a mixing bowl (for use with an electric mixer - or if lacking an electric mixer and feeling particularly spritely you can mix vigorously by hand). Add the salt and stir.
  • Whisk the eggs lightly before adding them to the mixing bowl with the softened butter, oil, vanilla extract, milk and vinegar.
  • Beat the mixture on low speed for 30 seconds. Scrape the bowl to ensure all the mixture is being incorporated then beat on high for 3 minutes. Pour the mixture into your prepared cake tin.
  • Bake in your hot oven for ~60 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Depending on the strength of you oven, you might like to check it at 50 minutes.
  • For the frosting: sift the confectioners sugar and cocoa powder into a bowl, then add the butter and vanilla. Whisk in the warm water, a tablespoon at a time, until smooth and spreadable
  • Using a butter knife dipping in hot water, spread the icing on the top of the cooled cake. Be as generous/ugly as you like. We’ll call it rustic.
  • Dust your frosted cake with more confectioners sugar, decorate with lollies or maybe just finish it all off with a generous sprinkling of Malden sea salt flakes... go with your mood, whether classic, childish or crazy (good).

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