No fuss Chocolate Cake

Years ago the wives of SA Police Officers in Pretoria put together a recipe book called ‘’Knuppeldik aan Koningskos’’. This loosely translates as ‘’Fit for a King’’. My Mum got one for herself and each of her girls. I was still in school then and marriage, family and a household was still just an idea.

It turned out that I got to use this book quite often. I used to cook meals for my parents and had to do the entertaining on Mum’s behalf while I was still living with them. Obviously all the recipe’s came in quite handy and I will, in time, share some more of them.

This one was right up my alley….no fuss, quick, few ingredients, practically fool-proof. These days it’s a use-for-all….from oven pan sized, single-layered cakes for school to chocolate muffins and cupcakes….oh, and chocolate pudding with sticky caramel sauce. Whip up some cream on the side and…delish!

Oh, and by the way….new editions of this TOTALLY user-friendly recipe book are available. Yes, the SA Police wives club kept up with technology….they now have a website where you can order your own copy. Click here to order…..I promise, it will be money well spent.

Now, for the promised choc cake recipe…try it; it’s to DIE for!


  • 375 ml boiling water
  • 4 tablespoons powdered cocoa
  • 125 ml oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 375 ml sugar
  • 500 ml cake flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F
  2. In the microwave or on stove – boil together the water, cocoa and oil…leave to cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl – whisk together eggs and sugar until creamy
  4. Add the flour and baking powder to the egg/sugar mix and stir well.
  5. Finally, add the cooled water/oil/cocoa and mix well.
  6. Pour into prepared baking tins or oven pan.
  7. Bake for 30-35 min


I did not add a recipe for topping, because you can actually use what you prefer: caramel condensed milk, chocolate icing, melted chocolate, whatever. Here is what I usually do:

  • Pour caramel condensed milk in a microwaveable bowl, add 250 ml cream and heat. Mix well and pour over [still] warm cake.
  • Melt whole nut chocolate slabs (at least two), add some milk or cream and spread over warm cake.
  • One tin evaporated milk with a tablespoon of brandy….heat the lot and pour over cake..

Adapted from: ‘’Sjokolade koek’’ (Pta Police Officers: Womens Club, 1985:254)


Pta Police Officers: Womens Club. 1985.  Knuppeldik aan Koningskos.  Silverton, South Africa: Promedia Publications. 399 p.

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