Baking · Cakes

Balsamic, Black Pepper & Chocolate Birthday Cake

It was birthday time again in the Simply Homemade home this weekend, as our lovely daughter, Chloe, turned 15! It doesn’t seem that long since she was running around like Abbie & Harry are now.

When it came to choosing her birthday cake, Chloe went for quite an unusual choice. This cake appears in the lovely Marian Keyes, Saved by Cake. I have to say, as someone who loves to try new flavours and flavour combinations, I was very impressed by my girls choice.


175g Plain Flour (I used Spelt)
1tsp Baking Powder
50g Cocoa Powder (I used 25g Cacao) WP_20150613_010-001

175g Light Muscovado Sugar (I used Coconut Sugar)
Pinch of Salt
1/4 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
125ml Walnut Oil
1 Tablespoon Balsmic Syrup (I couldn’t source this, so added some honey to balsamic vinegar and reduced them to a syrup)
1 teaspoon White Wine Vinegar


Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/GM4, oil a loose bottomed 20cm square tin (I used a round tin)

Sieve the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder into a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar, salt and black pepper.

Stir in the oil, balsamic syrup, white wine vinegar and 150ml warm water, mix well.

Pour into the oven and bake for about 30 minutes.

Cool in the tin on a wire rack.


The recipe suggest serving this cake with mascarpone cheese, balsamic syrup & a sprig of basil. The children opted to have theirs with vanilla ice cream.


Mr. Simply Homemade & I went for the mascarpone & basil without the syrup…….we didn’t eat the basil either!! This cake was delicious however, certainly a little different and it went down a treat with all of us.



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