Old school cocoa stir cake

by | Aug 31, 2016 | Desserts

Sometimes simple is best, like this easy to make cocoa cake. The simplicity of it is also the beauty of it. Trends may come and go but a cocoa cake is as popular today as it was 20, 30 or 80 years ago. This cocoa cake is fluffy, not too sweet, just perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. Unsweetened cocoa powder is used in the cake, which is more potent and bitter than processed chocolate, and easier to work with.

Old school cocoa stir cake
Cocoa stir cake – photo: zserbo.com


  • 1 egg
  • 100 g (~1/2 cup) sugar
  • 80 g (~3 oz) lard
  • 4 tbsp apricot jam
  • 200 ml (~3/4 cup + 2 tbsp) milk
  • 250 g (~2 cups) flour
  • 15 g (~4 tsp) baking powder
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

For the filling:

  • 2-3 tbsp apricot jam

For the glaze:

  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 40 g (~1 1/4 oz) butter

Size of the baking pan: 22×30 cm / 8×11 inch

Line a baking pan with parchment paper; preheat the oven to 180°C / 356°F.

Combine flour, baking powder and cocoa in a bowl.

In a separate bowl beat egg with sugar and lard. Mix in apricot jam and milk, finally add the cocoa- flour mixture and whisk until well combined. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Once the cake is cool, cut into half horizontally and spread with apricot jam. For the glaze place all ingredients in a saucepan and over low heat melt and bring to a boil. Pour over the top of the cake and spread evenly. Let the glaze set before serving.

Become a patron and support my work

If you're enjoying this collection of Hungarian recipes, please, consider making a one-time payment.


Hungarian cottage cheese

This is what Hungarian túró looks like

You often ask me what kind of cottage cheese (or curd cheese or farmer's cheese - call it what you want) I use in the recipes. In Hungary the store-bought cottage cheese is dry and crumbly as you can see in the picture. So if a recipe calls for túró, I mean this type. If you can't obtain túró, you can try to make your own from whole milk. Click on the link below.

Metric system vs cup

In Hungary metric units are in use, all the recipes on this website are based on this system, so a kitchen scale is necessary. Since I’m not familiar with cup as a measurement unit, I convert grams to cups by using an online converter. The values in brackets, therefore, are only approximate volumes, so, please, double-check them before you start cooking.

Pin It on Pinterest