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Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake - Sokolatopita

Soft, dense, and moist this ultra chocolatey flavored cake, is made using just cocoa instead of chocolate and a hot cocoa syrup to soak in. No mixer needed!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time3 hrs 25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: cake, Chocolate, Oven baked
Servings: 8 pieces
Calories: 522kcal


For The Cake :

  • 150 grams / 5.3 oz butter melted
  • 50 grams / 1.7 oz sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 100 grams / 3.5 milk
  • 10 grams / 0.35 oz baking powder
  • 5 grams / 0.17 oz baking soda
  • 20 ml brandy (or scotch)
  • 200 grams / 7 oz all purpose flour
  • 80 grams / 2.8 oz cocoa powder unsweetened

For The Syrup:

  • 400 grams / 14.1 oz sugar
  • 500 grams / 17.6 oz water
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder unsweetened


For The Cake :

  • Preheat oven to 180°C / 356°F.
  • In a bowl stir together the flour and cocoa and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until slightly foamy and thickened.
  • Sift half the flour mixture into the eggs using a sifter.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the milk, baking powder, baking soda, and brandy. Pour mixture into the cake batter and stir well. Then sift the remaining half flour mixture into the batter and stir well to combine. Pour in the melted butter and stir to combine.
  • Grease a round 10-inch / 26 cm pan with some oil or butter.
  • Add the cake batter in the pan and spread evenly with a spoon. Bake for 15 minutes or until when you prick the cake in the center with a knife, the knife comes out clean.

For The Syrup;

  • While the cake is baking make the syrup. In a saucepan add the sugar and water and bring to a boil.
  • Cook the syrup for 5-10 minutes until it thickens slightly. No need to stir while it boils.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder.
  • Once the cake is baked, divide it into 8 or more pieces. Using a ladle, pour the hot syrup over the cake while it's still hot in the pan. If the syrup looks like a lot, no worries the cake will soak it all up as it cools down.
  • Let cake reach room temperature and then refrigerate ideally overnight. DO NOT add this cake in the fridge while it's still hot. As the syrup will crystalize.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 522kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 354mg | Potassium: 399mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 624IU | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 3mg