Uncooked chocolate cake

This is a recipe from “We’ll Eat Again” by Marguerite Patten OBE and it was something children could make themselves if they were old enough to melt the margarine in a saucepan.. it tastes nice and chocolately and could be topped by chocolate icing once it has stood for a few hours to cool and harden. It really isn’t like cake but more like squares and this is how I served mine… not bad at all!


  • 2oz margarine
  • 2oz sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of golden syrup or corn syrup (3 tablespoons if using North American measures)
  • 2 oz cocoa
  • 6 oz crispy breadcrumbs
  • few drops of vanilla essence


Put the margarine, syrup and sugar in a pan and melt gently over a low heat until the margarine is fully dissolved. Mix well
Remove from heat and add the vanilla essence and the cocoa and mix thoroughly
Pour in breadcrumbs and mix until all coated with the mixture
Press down into 7 inch square greased tin.
Place somewhere cool for at least a few hours until firm
A topping can be added such as chocolate icing
Once set cut into squares
Makes 16 squares