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Chocolate Cake for £1 – We Should Cocoa #45

Malted Chocolate Cake

When I set this month’s We Should Cocoa challenge to make a chocolate cake for £1, I really wasn’t at all sure I would be able to do it. Many of the ingredients I use in baking are organic and thus relatively expensive. The chocolate, butter and eggs required for an 8″ round cake cost more than this alone. I knew I was going to have to compromise, but I still wanted it to taste good.

I went off to our local co-op and costed up some possible ingredients. There was no doubt about it, the butter would have to go.  As for the chocolate, I had a cunning plan! I would use drinking chocolate with just a smidgen of my Green & Black’s cocoa powder to give it some oomph. I was very lucky to pick up some real free range organic eggs from a farm shop recently that only cost 60p per half dozen – I normally pay twice that amount. I’d also recently bought five large bananas for £1 so figured I might be able to use one of those for added flavour. Then of course there was my dandelion honey that cost very little to make – things were looking up.

The question was, did I make a chocolate cake with eggs and without a banana (I couldn’t manage both) or did I make a vegan chocolate banana cake? Well I did both of course.

Malted Hot Chocolate Cake

  • 190g plain flour – 15p
  • 100g golden caster sugar – 17p
  • 40ml organic sunflower oil – 12p
  • 30g drinking chocolate – 17p
  • 1 tsp G&B cocoa powder – 3p
  • 20g Horlicks – 13p
  • 2 x organic eggs – 20p
  • 1 tsp baking powder + pinch of rock salt – 2p
  • 180 ml water – 0p
Grand Total = 99p

Banana Hot Chocolate Honey Cake

  • 190g plain flour – 15p
  • 100g golden caster sugar – 17p
  • 40ml organic sunflower oil – 12p
  • 40g drinking chocolate – 24p
  • 1 tsp G&B cocoa powder – 3p
  • 1 large banana – 20p
  • 2 scant tbsp dandelion honey – 6p
  • 1 tsp baking powder + pinch salt – 2p
  • 1 tbsp malt vinegar + 1/4 tsp bicarb of soda – 1p
  • 150 ml water – 0p
Grand Total = £1

Vegan Chocolate Banana CakeI managed to get both cakes within the £1 budget and felt inordinately pleased with myself for doing so. Both cakes were good, but the chocolate banana cake was splendid. It was bigger, had more flavour and a better texture. It reminded me of a banana version of sticky gingerbread. It was so good in fact, I think it might become my go to banana cake – what a revelation. CT tasted them both blind and detected the respective Horlicks and banana flavours; he thought that despite the difference in textures, both were chocolatey and tasty. The banana was light and fluffy in his opinion and the malted cake was firmer and CT reckoned redolent of childhood birthday party chocolate cakes.

Of the two, my entry to the #WeShouldCocoa £1 Chocolate Cake challenge is the Banana Hot Chocolate Cake. I’m really quite excited to see what others have come up with.

I’m also sending this off to Credit Crunch Munch with Camilla of Fab Food for All and Helen of Fuss Free Flavours. This month is being guest hosted by Gingey Bites. I’m not sure the credit for a chocolate cake can be crunched much more than this.

Vanesther of Banger’s & Mash participated in the Live Below the Line Challenge, so has come up with Cheap and Cheerful for this month’s Family Foodies event. My cakes fit the bill perfectly. This event is co-hosted by Lou over at Eat Your Veg.

Made from scratch and made with love, I am also submitting these cakes to Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays.

Both of these cakes only took 20 minutes to knock up, but as the banana and honey cake has a nice sticky texture, I reckon it is the more dessert like of the two. Served warm with some custard or cold with clotted cream, it would be even more delicious. Normally hosted by Sarah of Maison Cupcake, Dead Easy Desserts is being guest hosted this month by Tina of The Spicy Pear.

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Malted Chocolate Cake

£1 Malted Hot Chocolate Cake

by May-6-2014
A quick and frugal cake made with drinking chocolate and Horlicks for flavour.
Ingredients
  • 190g plain flour
  • 30g drinking chocolate
  • 20g Horlicks
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • a pinch rock or sea salt
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 40ml sunflower oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 180ml water
Instructions
1. Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl.2. Beat the eggs with the oil and water.3. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and slowly add the liquid stirring gently as you go until all is just mixed.4. Pour batter into a prepared 8″ cake tin or mould and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C for about 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.5. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
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Vegan Banana Chocolate Cake

£1 Banana Hot Chocolate Honey Cake

by May-6-2014
A frugal but delicious dairy and egg free chocolate banana cake. Real honey can be used for non vegans, but it works well with dandelion honey. Golden syrup could be substituted.
Ingredients
  • 190g plain flour
  • 40g drinking chocolate
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • a pinch rock or sea salt
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 40ml sunflower oil
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 150ml water
Instructions
1. Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl.2. Mash the banana in with the oil, then add the vinegar and water.3. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and slowly add the liquid stirring gently as you go until all is just mixed.4. Pour batter into a prepared 8″ cake tin or mould and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180℃ for about 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.5. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: One 8″ cake

Comments

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    Kath
    6th May 2014

    Choc, you are a genius. Two cakes for £1 each. I love this as a theme for WSC.

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      Choclette
      7th May 2014

      Ahh, that’s a good idea. I’ve made brownies before that were just nutella, flour and egg.

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      Choclette
      8th May 2014

      Thank you Catherine – chocoholics does seem to be rather addictive 😉

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    Phil in the Kitchen
    6th May 2014

    Excellent use of limited resources to produce some very fine looking cakes. I’m not sure that I could find good eggs for that price though. I’d better make friends with someone who keeps chickens.

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      Choclette
      8th May 2014

      Yes Phil, I struck lucky with that batch of eggs which I bought over the border. I took full advantage and came home with a couple of dozen.

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    Jo
    6th May 2014

    I’m seriously impressed Choclette! Very creative. Looking forward to seeing what everyone else produces for the challenge

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    Deena Kakaya
    6th May 2014

    I’m seriously impressed! Especialky by the banana version. Such tasty looking outcomes that I would never guess how little they cost x

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      Choclette
      8th May 2014

      Thanks Denna. I’m not sure I’d believe it either if I was presented with a slice of either of these cakes. I wasn’t at all sure I would be able to manage it.

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    Elizabeth
    7th May 2014

    Fantastic! Very creative indeed; loving this WSC cocoa challenge and I do have a recipe to share once I get around to baking it! I’m spending more time writing about food these days than I am making it!

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      Choclette
      8th May 2014

      Thanks Elizabeth. Now that sounds like a very familiar state of affairs. I look forward to seeing what you bake when you find time to do it 😉

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    Sue
    7th May 2014

    Brilliant cakes for that price, I think I would prefer the Banana version, I just really don’t like the taste of Horlicks and if it can be detected that would be a no-no for me. But chocolate cakes of that size and quality for a pound each – WOW!!

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      Choclette
      8th May 2014

      Thanks Sue. It would be the banana for you then – although there isn’t a great deal of Horlicks in there, it can be detected.

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    Camilla Hawkins
    7th May 2014

    Thank you for these wonderful chocolate cake recipes, I’m particularly drawn the the banana one – another fabulous entry for Credit Crunch Munch:-)

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      Choclette
      8th May 2014

      Thanks Camilla. Much as I love the flavour of malt I was won over by the fabulous texture of the banana cake.

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    belleau kitchen
    7th May 2014

    wow C you did it… TWICE!… you little show-off!… I love the sound of the banana one, that’s a great ingredient for a chocolate cake and I bet it kept it beautifully moist. That’s a recipe I will be ‘borrowing’ in the future… SUCH a brilliant challenge this month C, well done!

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      Choclette
      8th May 2014

      Hehe Dom, it’s my challenge and I’ll show off if I want to. The banana cake is a REAL winner, I had no idea it was going to be so good.

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      Choclette
      8th May 2014

      Thanks Galina. I surprised myself – didn’t think it would be possible either!

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    Jibber JabberUK
    7th May 2014

    I’ve been thinking about my £1 chocolate cake and realized that oil instead of butter is probably the way to go. Well done on two chocolate cakes – you’ve set the bar very high for this month!

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      Choclette
      8th May 2014

      Thanks Ness. Yes using oil was one of the compromises I had to make, but I surprised myself with how well it worked.

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    felicity
    7th May 2014

    Great challenge, well done! The banana one sounds very tasty, and also seems very easy to make.

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      Choclette
      8th May 2014

      Thanks Felicity. One of the joys of these cakes is that they are really speedy to put together – win win 😉

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    Anna Maria
    8th May 2014

    I’m definitely going to bake the banana one, but I’m wondering what to use as a substitute for malt vinegar? I don’t have one, can I use apple cider vinegar?

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      Choclette
      8th May 2014

      Any vinegar will be fine Anna. Normally I would use cider vinegar, but for the purposes of this challenge malt vinegar is cheaper.

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      Choclette
      8th May 2014

      Thanks Dannii, it was a fun thing to try and do – very satisfying somehow.

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    Rebecca
    8th May 2014

    Wow, two cakes! I love chocolate and banana together. Is Horlicks just a malt powder?

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      Choclette
      8th May 2014

      I know, showing off really! Yes Horlicks is a malt powder – tastes like maltesers.

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    The Spicy Pear
    8th May 2014

    “banana version of sticky gingerbread” sounds absolutely delicious! I think it would definitely be my preferred choice too. Pretty impressive that it only took £1 to make, as chocolate has become very expensive nowadays.

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      Choclette
      9th May 2014

      Thanks Tina and yes, I do worry about the price of chocolate, but it looks as though it is set to go up even more soon 🙁

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    Ceri @ Natural Kitchen Adventures
    8th May 2014

    Very creative use of drinking chocolate with added G&B to make it taste more chocolately! So great to see you achieved 2 cakes on that tight budget – very jealous of your organic 10p eggs! I’m excited to see how my brownies fit alongside your cakes and all the rest as part of the challenge!

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      Choclette
      9th May 2014

      Thanks Ceri. I was particularly lucky with those eggs and it was good timing. Sadly it doesn’t really warrant a 120 mile round trip to get any more. I’m looking forward to the round-up too.

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      Choclette
      9th May 2014

      Thanks Latoyah, cheap isn’t always good, but luckily it was in this case 😉

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      Choclette
      9th May 2014

      Thank you. I’m a big fan of malted anything – especially Maltesers 😉

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    Javelin Warrior
    8th May 2014

    It’s so true – with all the organic options and differing levels of quality for everything from flour to chocolate, baking your own cake can be a little pricey :/ And once you start talking imported chocolate and premium butter, then there’s most certainly a hefty price tag. These two cakes are a wonderful option for decadence on a budget!

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      Choclette
      11th May 2014

      Thanks JW – it’s really interesting when you start looking into the details.

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      Choclette
      11th May 2014

      Haha, Bintu – not sure how people would take to my austerity measures, but it’s hard to believe I could do a worse job. There might, of course, be chocolate cake for all!

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    Jacqueline Meldrum
    10th May 2014

    Wow, well done Choclette, that was a job and a half working that out I bet. I would never have thought it possible to make chocolate cake for so little.

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    bangers-and-mash.com
    12th May 2014

    What a fabulously frugal pair of chocolate cakes – you are so clever! Great entries for this month’s Family Foodies ‘cheap and cheerful’ challenge. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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      Choclette
      13th May 2014

      Thanks Vanesther – I think you are the real hero in this saga. £1 a day for all food and drink is really hard.

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    Rachel Cotterill
    17th May 2014

    I love that you did both. Obviously 🙂 I’ve got friends coming round for tea tomorrow afternoon so I will be making mine then (it’s up to 82p so far!)

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      Choclette
      11th June 2014

      Thanks Rachel. I was so impressed with the 2nd cake, I’m making a gluten and sugar free version right now for CCC.

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