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Recipe: Bruce Bogtrotter’s Chocolate Cake

January 11, 2014

Matilda was always my favourite film as a kid – I’d watch it pretty much every night! One day, me and my mum went to the library and found an amazing Roald Dahl recipe book with recipes inspired from his books. We baked the chocolate cake from Matilda and I always remember it being my favourite cake ever.IMG_2049 copy IMG_2060 copyFor my birthday, my mum decided to bake me a cake. She asked me what cake I’d like and I chose Bruce Bogtrotters Chocolate Cake. I don’t particularly like cake as I always find it too dry, but not this cake (probably because it has barely any flour in it). It’s amazingly moist like you really don’t feel like you’re eating a cake, and quite rich too as it’s mostly just chocolate! It’s pretty much foolproof to make too as the book was released as a kids recipe book so it’s so simple! I also managed to find the recipe in US measurements too for those of you who work with those instead!

225g (8oz) good quality plain chocolate
175g (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
225g (1cup + 2tbsp) caster sugar
4tbsp (1/4 cup) plain flour
6 eggs separated
for the topping:
225g (8oz) good quality dark chocolate
225ml (8oz) double cream

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and line a 20cm pan with greaseproof paper.
2. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water on a low heat then remove from the heat and add the butter and mix well.
3. Mix in the flour, sugar and lightly beaten egg yolks.
4. Whisk the egg whites and gently fold half of them in to the mix. Once mixed, add in the remaining egg whites.
5. Bake for 35 minutes. When removed from the oven, it will flatten and crack, so once cooled flip over so it’s easier to add the topping.
6. While the cake is cooling, heat the dark chocolate and double cream over a saucepan of boiling water till it is all combined. Leave to cool slightly, then spread over the cake.
7. Enjoy!

My mum decided to add some edible glitter and sparkle chunks to it to make it a little more birthday friendly haha! I loved it! Let me know if you make it!

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    January 11, 2014 at 10:45 am

    A Roald Dahl recipe book? :o. I didn’t even know it existed.
    The cake looks delicious and I might try to do it this month. I think my brother would be pleased and I, too, never say no to chocolate — thank God we don’t have to eat as much as Bruce had to.
    Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe!

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    Em K
    January 11, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    a Roald Dahl cookbook? that sounds awesome! Your cake looks fabulous & from the sounds of it, would taste very similar to a vegan chocolate cake 🙂

    Emmett – Hippie Lace

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    January 11, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    This looks delicious! May have to go hunting for that Roald Dahl cookbook too, I bet there’s all sorts of wonderful recipes in there Xoxo

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    January 12, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    This looks and sounds delicious 🙂 You got to love everything with chocolate in!

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    Girl & Closet
    January 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Oh my, this looks absolutely delish, is it wrong that I want this for breakfast?! 😉 Thanks so much for your email too. I got it! And will email you back shortly!! xoxo

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    January 12, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Oh my gosh. No way. This is honestly one of the coolest things I’ve heard hahaha I need to get my hands on this cookbook!! I loved Matilda and Roald Dahl SO much when I was little and always wanted to try Brucey’s cake. Thank you so much for sharing, it looks delicious! Need to bake this up now 🙂


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    January 12, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    looks delicious! I love Roald Dahl books 🙂

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    January 13, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    haha i LOVE the edible glitter, and I don’t remember a cake in Matilda! Clearly that means I need to rewatch it 😉

    xo marlen

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    Nikki | The Ginger Diaries
    January 13, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Now that’s a cookbook I would have LOVED to have when I was younger. I read so many of Dahl’s books. My favorite were James and the giant peach and The BFG. Matilda was the first movie I remember my parents bought for me that had actual people as players, haha. I love it, but was really really scared of the headmistress of the school. Brrr.

    Anyway, this cake looks SO good! My boyfriend usually really dislikes cakes too, but when they’re not dry like this one he loves them. Might save the recipe and make one after my finals! xo

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      January 13, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      One of my favourite recipes from the book was Snozzcumbers from the BFG – basically just cucumbers hollowed out with tuna, mayo and peppers and gherkins stuffed back inside from what i can remember haha! I loved that book too – that and Matilda were my favourites.

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