Peteleco Cake

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 🙂

Peteleco 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


  1. Preheat oven to 200ºC and grease a rectangular 22 x 33 cm tin with butter and sprinkle flour all over it.
  2. For the cake, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl.
  3. Add the oil, eggs and lastly the boiling water, mixing well.
  4. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for about 25 minutes.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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