Recipe Collection: Chocolate Cake - Modern Alternative Mama

Recipe Collection: Chocolate Cake

admin March 29, 2012

We love chocolate cake with vanilla frosting (you’ll get the frosting next week).  I make chocolate cake or brownies a lot, frankly — at least compared to the other treats I make.  But this one was better than most — rich but not overpowering, sweet but not too sweet, and moist and yummy all around.  Everyone liked it.

For a real “treat,” use unbleached white flour (I’ve used it a bit recently because I keep forgetting to sprout some wheat…must get on that).  For a healthier treat, use sprouted.  It changes the texture only slightly.  Top it with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, fresh fruit — or use real buttercream (which uses no powdered sugar at all!).

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake


  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 c. maple syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 c. cocoa powder
  • 2 c. unbleached flour or sprouted flour
  • 1 c. milk


Grab your little helper. 🙂

Add the butter to your bowl.

Add your maple syrup.

Stir it together as best you can.  Then, add your eggs.

Stir this together.  Add a little vanilla — I forgot when we did it this time.  Then, add your cocoa powder.

Add your salt and baking powder.

Stir together well.  I used a mixer to beat it here, before returning it to the table for my daughter to stir.  Add flour (1/2 of it, then milk, then the other 1/2 — I don’t have a picture of adding milk).

Pour the cake into two 8″ round pans, or 8″x8″ square pans.  A 9×13 would work, or it should make 18 – 24 cupcakes.

Bake at 350 for 25 – 30 minutes (test for doneness by sticking a toothpick in the center — if it comes out clean, it’s done).

How do you top your chocolate cake?



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  1. The cake looks so yummy! I had a question prompted by seeing the Trader Joe’s flour in the pictures. I am soon moving closer to a Trader Joe’s and was wondering what you have found to be a good price/quality there.


  2. This is going to be my birthday cake! So excited!


  3. Love the pics utilizing “your little helper”. What a cutie!


  4. to make it dairy free, could you use coconut oil and milk?


    • Hi Teresa, I’m sure it would work! I haven’t tested this cake that way, but I often bake things using coconut products interchangeably with butter/milk.


  5. […] This one, while not the fluffy delight a cake mix always turns out, was moist, rich, chocolatey, and smooth. Still heavy and dense, but not badly so. It reminded me of a chocolate mousse cake. I would make it again… but I would still like to find a fluffy one! I know, I need to get some sucanat and give that a try… and maybe see if I could find whole wheat pastry flour — ultra grain is as close as we can get at our local stores. […]


  6. […] chocolate cake is also from MAM.  Mine is much darker than her picture, perhaps because I have Hershey’s […]


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