One-pot Chocolate Cake with Sour Cream and Chocolate Frosting

, from Issue #94. December, 2020
Photography by Josh Griggs.
One-pot Chocolate Cake with Sour Cream and Chocolate Frosting

Who doesn’t love a recipe with only one pot to clean up? This is the perfect cake to sling in the picnic basket or take away for the weekend as the chocolate frosting sets firmly and the cake has a fabulous dense texture.


75 grams Westgold butter
1/3 cup cocoa
1/3 cup rice bran oil
2/3 cup ginger beer
1 cup caster sugar
100 grams dark chocolate (72% cocoa), chopped
1 large egg, size 7
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1¼ cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
⅓ cup sour cream

150 grams dark chocolate (72% cocoa), chopped, melted
¾ cup sour cream, at room temperature


Equipment: Grease a 20cm springform cake tin and line the base and sides with baking paper.

Preheat the oven to 150°C regular bake.

Put the butter, cocoa, oil and ginger beer in a medium/large saucepan over a medium heat. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly, then take off the heat. Add the sugar and chocolate and stir until smooth and the sugar has melted. Set aside to cool.

Whisk the egg and vanilla into the chocolate mixture until glossy. Fold in the combined flour and baking powder and finally the sour cream.

Pour into the tin and bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out with a few damp crumbs attached. Leave to cool in the tin then turn out onto
a serving plate.

Frosting: Stir the just warm melted chocolate and sour cream together. Pile on top of the cake and swirl with the back of a spoon.
Makes 1 cake