Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cocoa Cake

(Kakaolu Kek)

Cocoa Cake
175 gr (1 stick + 4 tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup hazelnuts, crumbled, optional
1 1/4 cup milk, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups flour, all purpose
1 tsp baking powder
1 pinch salt
2 tablespoonful cocoa powder
1 handful white chocolate chips

Loaf Cake Mold, oiled

Beat the butter with sugar until creamy using a wooden spoon or mixer in a large bowl. Add in the eggs one by one, mix. Add the milk and vanilla extract, beat well. Add the flour, baking powder and salt in it. Mix until the batter is creamy. If you like you can the hazelnuts at this stage. Pour the half of the mixture into the mold.

Add 2 tablespoonful cacao powder into the remaining half of batter, mix. If you like you can add the white chocolate chip in it, stir. Pour the batter into the mold. Starting from the short end of the mold, turn it upside down 5-6 times with the spoon through to the other end. Or if you like you can sprinkle handful white chocolate chips over the top:)

Preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C). Place the mold on the middle rack. Bake it until toothpick comes out clean. Wait for 15 minutes, then place the cake on the wire rack to cool it down.



At 5:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This cake is a popular one in my country, i like adding coco powder to the 1/3 amount of the batter:)

At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've made this cake a few times now and its always a hit! the bonus is that its so simple to make:)
thanks Binnur abla
Love your recipes!

At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur, should the consistency of the batter be liquidy or more dense? My cake turned out moist, I added 1,5 half of flour and 1 cup of milk. I made it for the first time:)Love your recipie.

At 12:09 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I may say it is more close to dense, for sure it is not runny:)

At 11:47 PM, Anonymous OklahomaCook said...

Hi Binnur, can you please post your recipe for the chocolate islak kek? I have tried other recipes online, but the quantities are not accurate and they always turn out floury and bland. I have tried your recipes before and they have always turned out well-thank you! My husband is Turkish and I would love to surprise him with this cake :)

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

You can use this recipe:)
Chocolate Pudding Covered Cake
(Cukulatali Puding Kaplamali Kek)
It is a islak kek with the pudding.

At 1:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello binnur I approched this cake maybe 10 times and simply every time it turns out very moist and i get the impresion that my flour doesnt rise. I prepare the cake with margarine and always follow the recipe.Not only this cake I am unsuccessful at, the problem are all the cakes of this kind.(other cakes bake well) is there any tip I should know?anne

At 11:34 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Ann,
Here is some tips:)
All the ingredients should be at room temperature, like butter (margarine), egg, milk.
Butter, sugar, milk and eggs should beat very well. It should be double or even triple its size.
The oven should be preheated.
I hope they are helpful:)

At 3:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You so much for your hints.I will definately stick to them and hopefully be successful soon.Take care

At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi binnur.

i am going to make this cake, i just have one question. what kind of oil should i use to oil the mold ( olive, canola veg. etc? i decided to ask you because i don't want to use an oil that could negatively effect the taste of the cake :)

thanks a alot.

At 5:45 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I always use butter to oil the molds:)

At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Binnur,
i've tried the recipe today and it was perfect!We live in Romania and my husband is Turkish and it was very difficult for me to learn how to cook Turkish style without professional help :))i've made about 15 of you recipes and i never missed! Thank you a lot!

At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, Binnur, do you have the recipe for iki renkli kurabiye? They look so pretty, they are brown and white like this cake :)

At 10:17 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I have not posted it yet... probably in the future:)

At 7:52 PM, Anonymous Eylem said...


I made this cake using exact measurements and the batter turned out extremely runny, so I added another 1/2 or so of flour to get the right consistency. I also substituted 1/4 cup of flour with corn starch to make it more fluffy. I also reduced the sugar.

The cake did not raise much however it was still moist so I was really surprised. Looking at your comments I am not sure why the consistency was to liquid. I am not sure if I did something wrong. Regardless I will make it again.


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