Do you want a chocolate cake ready in no time? Then this is the recipe for you. I got it from Nestlé’s website, but I had to change the syrup that goes on top because the cocoa powder I had was only enough for the cake batter 😛 On the other hand, I had a chocolate bar, which was the perfect alternative for a topping. Here I’ll post both (topping and syrup) and you can pick one.
If you’re curious about the name of the cake, the word “peteleco” in Portuguese means a flick, a quick slap. So the name says it all about this cake 🙂
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 cups caster sugar
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 cup sunflower oil
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 cups boiling water
- 100g plain chocolate (74% cocoa)
- 1 tsp butter
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 tbsp water
Chocolate Syrup (alternative for the topping above)
- 6 tbsp caster sugar
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1 tsp butter
- 1/2 cup water
- Preheat oven to 200ºC and grease a rectangular 22 x 33 cm tin with butter and sprinkle flour all over it.
- For the cake, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl.
- Add the oil, eggs and lastly the boiling water, mixing well.
- Pour the batter into the pan and bake for about 25 minutes.
- For the topping, melt the chocolate (double boiler or in the microwave). Transfer to a saucepan and add the butter, sugar and water. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring until the sugar melts, but do not boil. Spread over cake while still hot.
- If you choose to make the syrup, combine all ingredients and bring it to the boil until it becomes a thick syrup. Remove from heat and spread over the cake as soon as you take it out of the oven.