Secret Ingredient Chocolate Cake

    1 hour 20 minutes

    Cocoa, flour, sugar and eggs are ingredients you’d expect to find in a cake. The surprise addition here is - tomato juice!

    15 people made this

    Serves: 16 

    • Cake
    • 3/4 cup (185ml) tomato juice
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) water
    • 2/3 cup (60g) cocoa powder
    • 21/4 cups (315g) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 cups (315g) sugar
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) vegetable oil
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • Icing
    • 30g unsweetened chocolate
    • 2 tablespoons low-fat (1%) milk
    • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
    • 1/2 cup (125g) reduced-fat cream cheese
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 2 1/2 cups (350g) icing sugar, sifted
    • To Assemble
    • 1/2 cup (170g) seedless raspberry jam

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:30min  ›  Ready in:1hour20min 

    1. Cake: Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Coat two 23cm round cake tins with non-stick cooking spray.
    2. Bring the tomato juice and water to the boil in a small saucepan. Whisk in cocoa powder until completely dissolved. Remove from heat.
    3. Stir together flour, bicarb soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
    4. Beat sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla essence in a large bowl to combine. Beat in cocoa mixture. Beat in flour mixture just until evenly moistened. Divide batter between the prepared cake tins.
    5. Bake until a skewer inserted in the centre of each cake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer pans to a wire rack. Leave cakes to cool for 10 minutes. Turn cakes out onto rack. Allow to cool completely before icing.
    6. Icing Place the chocolate and milk in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high power 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Whisk in cocoa powder until smooth. Whisk in cream cheese and vanilla essence. Stir in icing sugar until combined.
    7. To Assemble: Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread with jam and about a third of the icing mixture. Place second layer on top. Spread the rest of the icing over top and side of cake.

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     -  16 Apr 2010


     -  16 Apr 2010