Old Fashioned Tea-Time Milk Chocolate Cake

READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by French Tart

Another one of my Mum's failsafe recipes......originally taken from the Be-Ro Home Recipes Cookbook. This cake is always a winner for afternoon teas and is delicious if eaten with a glass of cold milk! A well-behaved cake when packed for a picnic too. If you don't have evaporated milk, use full fat fresh milk instead. You can decorate this cake with walnut or pecan halves - little Cadbury's "Chocolate Buttons" are also a good finishing touch! When raspberries are in season, I often add them to the sandwich filling and to the top for decoration.

Top Review by Divleen K.

One of my clients wanted a milk chocolate cake and after trying to find a recipe, I came across this. I generally don't leave comments but wow, this was so delicious, moist and wonderfully chocolaty. It didn't crack or sink in the middle and held it's shape quite well. I should also add that it was a very easy and inexpensive recipe and the client loves the flavour too. I didn't add the frosting and instead ganached the cake with milk chocolate instead and used 11 tablespoons of evaporated milk instead of 10. This goes in my recipe book, thanks for posting.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. CAKE:.
  2. Sieve the flour, sugar, salt and cocoa together.
  3. Rub in the margarine or butter.
  4. Stir the beaten eggs and evaporated milk into the mixture, then add the extra evaporated milk and vanilla extract.
  5. Beat well until light and fluffy and well mixed.
  6. Grease and line a 6" or 7" round tin - not loose-bottomed as the mixture may run out.
  7. Bake in a moderate oven, 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 25 to 35 minutes, or until well risen.
  8. Allow to cool slightly before turning out onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely before icing and decorating the cake.
  9. ICING:.
  10. Melt the butter and blend in the cocoa powder, sieved icing sugar, hot milk and vanilla extract.
  11. Beat until smooth and thick.
  12. Allow to settle for about 5 minutes before icing the cake.
  14. When the cake is completely cold, cut the cake in half and sandwich the two halves together with half of the icing.
  15. Spread some of the remaining icing on the top, reserving some to be piped on in rosettes around the top of the cake. Pipe 12 rosttes on the top of the cake and one in the middle.
  16. Decorate each rosette with a nut half, chocolate button or fresh raspberry.
  17. Store in an airtight tin for upto 5 days, or freeze the cake before icing. Can be frozen for upto 3 months.

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