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It’s #LetsLunch Birthday Time

A Monday Morning Cooking Club Kinda Birthday – Quick, Easy and DELICIOUS

In our somewhat hectic household, we love a cake that’s quick to bake and also tastes fabulous. And what could be better than a slab of warm chocolate cake covered with a smooth shiny buttermilk chocolate glaze??? YUM!

This cake has an added bonus that it is wide and reasonably flat, so we have a blank canvas to decorate as we wish.

For our photo shoot for The Feast Goes Onwe decorated the cake with dark and milk chocolate coated honeycomb chunks and salted caramel sauce. And that’s Jacqui holding the cake, ready to surprise some lucky recipient! For birthdays at home, we love adorning the cake with edge to edge maltesers (malted milk balls) and candles of course.

This great recipe comes from Jo Miller, Paula’s sister, and is a firm favourite in their family for every single birthday,

This post is part of Let’s Lunch (#LetsLunch), a twitter-based virtual lunch club where anyone interested can join this monthly ‘lunch date’. A topic is posted at the beginning of the month, everyone now takes it in turns, and all posts are made on the same day by this random but lovely group of food bloggers, writers and people who just love cooking from all around the world. The topic this month is all about food and birthdays, in honour of #letslunch co-founder Cheryl Tan’s birthday just recently celebrated on the 14th November.

Anyone can join at any time – just join us on twitter by searching and adding the hashtag #LetsLunch. Check out the others’ posts SOON, they will be right below.

Choc glazed cake (BEST)


Cheryl‘s Chinese Tea Eggs at Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Anne Marie‘s Sans Rival Sandwich Bites at Sandwich Surprise

Betty Ann‘s Pancit Sotanghon (Cellophane Noodles) With Chicken & Tofu at Asian in America

Karen‘s Teeny Tiny Cheesecakes at GeoFooding

Linda‘s Brooklyn Blackout Cakes at Free Range Cookies

Linda‘s Mama’s Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup at Spicebox Travels

Lisa‘s Chocolate Cake with Buttermilk Chocolate Glaze & Crunchy Malted Milk Balls at Monday Morning Cooking Club

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It's #LetsLunch Birthday Time
A quick, easy and TOTALLY delightful glazed chocolate birthday cake, perfect for those days when you're simply in a hurry!
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16serves 10minutes 30minutes
Servings Prep Time
16serves 10minutes
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  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350℉/Gas 4). Grease and line a rectangular baking tin, approximately 32 x 22 x 4 cm (12 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour and sugar with a wooden spoon. In a small saucepan combine the water, cocoa, oil and butter. Heat until combined and the butter is melted. Add the warm mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and bicarbonate of soda. Add to the flour and butter mixture in the large bowl and mix well until combined.
  4. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 20 – 30 minutes or until cooked through and a skewer in the middle comes out clean.
  5. While the cake is in the oven, prepare the icing by melting the butter and mixing with the buttermilk and cocoa. Stir well to combine. Add the icing sugar, mixing well until the icing is smooth. As soon as the cake is removed from the oven, pour the icing over the top.
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7 Responses to It’s #LetsLunch Birthday Time

  1. Rachel June 24, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    Hi there, When you say pour the icing on the cake as soon as the cake is out of the oven. Should we take the cake out of the tin and then pour the icing on top? Many thanks.

    • Lisa Goldberg June 24, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

      Hi Rachel,
      Definitely leave it in the tin or you will have icing all over your kitchen bench 🙂
      It is a really runny icing and just sits on top of the cake in the tin.
      Happy baking!

      • Rachel June 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

        Thanks Lisa… Looking forward to baking it this weekend for my grandmothers birthday!

  2. David September 3, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    You left bicarbonate of soda off the ingredients.

    • Lisa Goldberg September 3, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

      Thanks so much David, you are absolutely right. I have just amended it.
      Apologies to all those people have baked it without knowing how much baking soda to add…

      • David September 10, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

        thanks Lisa … luckily I guessed right 🙂 my daughter loved it for her birthday


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