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Secret Recipes Revealed for Chocolate Week!

For those with a sweet tooth, you need no excuses to chomp away next week – it’s Chocolate Week!


To celebrate, The Old Dairy Tearoom has given us a dairy-free chocolate cake recipe to share with everyone:

300g self raising flour

250g golden caster sugar

50g cocoa powder (check ingredients as some brands have added extras

1 1/2 TSP bicarbonate of soda

150g dairy free spread ( I prefer Pure sunflower)

150g soya yoghurt ( I prefer Alpro vanilla)IMG_20141008_185111

250ml soya milk ( or almond milk if you prefer)

For icing….


200g dairy free spread

50g cocoa powder

200g icing sugar


Grease (with dairy free spread) & base line 2 x 8inch sandwich thins or 1 x 8 inch round cake tin.
Sift all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.  In a separate bowl melt spread, add yoghurt & milk and combine fully using a hand whisk.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix with a handheld electric whisk or use a table top mixer, until combined.
Split into 2 sandwich tins and cook for 35 mins or if using 1 tin 45/50 mins.  Once cooked, allow to cool for 10 mins in tin then cool on a wire rack.  If making a sandwich cake handle with care as the cakes can be delicate.
For icing

Sift icing sugar & cocoa together into a bowl, add spread and whisk together ( cover with a tea towel as you do it as there will be a cloud of cocoa/icing sugar!)

The cafe sells the cake at £2.00 a slice if you don’t fancy making your own, perfect with a pot of loose leaf rose tea!


Tudor Farmhouse also do a great Chocolate Truffle Cake and they’ve kindly given us the recipe so you can have a go yourself…

450g chocolate

IMG_6148600ml cream

Zest of ½ orange

Pinch of salt


Bring cream, orange zest and sugar to the boil.

Pout on top of chocolate and whisk until smooth.

Pour the mixture into a grease proof lined tray and leave to set for 24 hours.

Time to tuck in! 


One comment on “Secret Recipes Revealed for Chocolate Week!

  1. John Theophilus
    11 October 2014

    ….. and when you’ve eaten all this there are miles and miles of forest tracks to walk, run or cycle all those pounds off!

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