Mr I’s “FAR Too Easy” Chocolate Cake

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This afternoon was cold, wet and dreary, and Mr I (my 11 year old) was getting bored. I told him to go do something creative.

     “Like what, mum?”
“Build something out of lego.”
“Paint a picture, or do a drawing.”
“Start a new project… build something.”
“Bake a cake.”
     “YEAH!!!!!!! What can I make? I’ll make my chocolate cake! Do we have all the ingredients? YEAH!!!” (running for the kitchen…)

Mr I loves to cook. Especially chocolate cake. (Now I wonder where he got that from??) He tells me he needs to learn to cook so he can cook for his wife one day. I think that’s a pretty good idea, and I know she’ll thank me for encouraging that idea one day, so he pretty much has free rein in my little kitchen. And he loves our Thermie. He is slightly messy though. I must admit, I get rather nervous when he rings me from home while I’m out at a demo, and asks where a certain ingredient is… he always hangs up before I can say, ‘Clean up your mess!!!’ Sigh.

Another thing Mr I loves to do is tweak recipes. (Again, I wonder where he got that from??) He loves to make his own quirky version of the Too Easy Chocolate Cake from the Thermomix Everyday Cookbook, tweaked to suit our way of eating. He doesn’t need my help with it, just dashes off and does it all himself. He says the hardest bit is tipping the cake batter into the pan whilst scraping out the Thermomix bowl with the spatula – he’s still kind of short and has to hold the bowl up high, and he says it hurts his arms. But he manages it, and I leave him to it.  

Far Too Easy Chocolate Cake with Cashew Cream

I’m actually amazed this cake even works when Mr I makes it! He changes it all over the place, whacks all of the ingredients into the Thermomix at once, puts the timer on for 30 seconds, whizzes it up, and goes off to bounce his ball while it mixes… I’m much more ‘delicate’ with cakes, only adding the baking powder at the end, and not mixing too long so I don’t ‘beat the fluff out of it’. But this one has never failed. Even though he checks it about twenty times in the oven, banging the oven door shut each time, poking it endlessly with toothpicks… Poor cake. It’s very forgiving.

By the way, he calls it the ‘FAR Too Easy Chocolate Cake’, because with his version you don’t have the extra step of melting butter first, you just use oil and toss it in with everything else. Awesome.

Here’s a video of Mr I making his cake, just to prove how easy it is… Be prepared for some kid stuff, like spatula licking and mess making!! 

Far Too Easy Chocolate Cake
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  1. - 120g macadamia oil (or other light flavoured oil)
  2. - 2 eggs
  3. - 100g coconut or almond milk
  4. - 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. - 100-120g Rapadura (or coconut sugar)
  6. - 130g unbleached white spelt flour (or plain gluten free flour or almond flour)
  7. - 2 tsps baking powder
  8. - 25g raw cacao powder (or 30g cocoa)
  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Weigh all the ingredients into the Thermomix bowl and mix on speed 5 for 30 seconds.
  3. Pour mixture into a lined (or greased) 20cm round cake tin. Bake in 180 degree oven for about 40-50 minutes (depending on whether you remember to preheat the oven or not!), or until a toothpick/skewer inserted in centre of cake comes out clean.
  4. Serve warm with cashew cream or coconut cream, sprinkled with a little cinnamon. Preferably with hot chocolate with cinnamon and a blob of coconut cream.
Quirky Cooking

Don’t you love my gorgeous jars? They are Anna Gare Blackboard Spice Jars. Cute huh.

If you’d like to see some more of Mr I’s amazing recipes, just let me know. But don’t ask for his Caramel Custard with Licorice Allsorts recipe, because it wasn’t at all nice. Just saying.

He thought it was pretty funny though.

(Oh, and blame Grandma for the licorice allsorts – I don’t buy those vile things!)


  1. […] and make a gluten free biscuit for the crumb. But in reality, I would probably use a thin layer of Mr I’s “FAR Too Easy” Chocolate Cake. I use rice malt syrup to sweeten the chocolate cake. To make this vegetarian, I’d use agar […]

  2. Amie says:

    Just made this recipe into cupcakes and mini cupcakes using melted cocconut oil as my oil and cows milk… They are delicious, and light and fluffy to boot! Not usually very good at cupcakes so I will use this as my go-to I think, thanks! 🙂

  3. Andi says:

    Hi Jo – do you know whether this would work with hazelnut meal? It’s a lovely recipe!

  4. Brooke says:

    OMG this cake is amazing! So easy and so delicious. I made it for a colleagues birthday and my office has been swamped with people all afternoon wanting the recipe

  5. Kate says:

    Would this be suitable for a birthday cake to be iced? Looking for best Quirky recipe to make for 3 year old’s car cake 🙂

  6. Sherylyn says:

    Hi Jo

    Can I use plain flour on this recipe? I want to make it today but don’t want to go out for one ingredient (as I have the rest) with my two boys – 5 yo and 7yo! 🙂


  7. Jo Weedon says:

    Is this tecipe usually very runny?
    Ive just made it and want to put in thw oven but it is soooo runny…..?

  8. Mary says:

    Wow! Have just pulled these out of the oven and tried one – they are amazing! Thanks for the recipe :))

  9. Cata says:

    Can I double or triple this recipe for a bigger cake? should time cooking be any different?

    • QuirkyJo says:

      Double may work but if possible, cooking three different cakes would be better.
      (You can do double in one and single in another)

  10. Karen says:

    Hi, could the amount of sugar be reduced in this recipe? Would you have to compensate with another ingredient?

  11. Jo says:

    Love your receipes Jo!!! 🙂 Just wondering if I can use another type of natural sweetener?

  12. HI Jo, I’ve only just purchased a Thermie and I’m so so happy! with this recipe, when you talk about light flavoured oils what else can be used? when do you use Grapeseed Oil? I can’t use any type of nut oil. Thank you!

  13. Amy says:

    Will this cake work well if I stack it? Need a super high cake for my littlest ones birthday 🙂

  14. Monica says:

    Hi Jo, I know this recipe has been around for awhile but I’m wondering if you have tried freezing this? My son needs a treat for when they have Birthdays at his day care.

  15. Dorothy Kirkaldy says:

    What a gorgeous kid Mr I is. Love his cheeky grin!

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