Celebration Chocolate Cake

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This is a fantastic cake for a party as it is large enough for a crowd and stays fresh if made a day or so ahead.


  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups cocoa
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda (dissolve in milk)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups boiling water


Preheat oven to 160 C.
Place all ingredients except boiling water in a cake mixer and mix until smooth. Pour over boiling water and gently fold through the batter.
Pour into a lined 30 cm cake pan and bake for 1 hour or until cake tests cooked.



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10 thoughts on “Celebration Chocolate Cake

  1. Finally a big cake for birthday parties that isn’t flat and tastes great. Easy to make and was a big moist cake. Don’t be alarmed at how funny this mixture is. Mine turned out great. THANK YOU

  2. I made this cake today, it’s so easy to make and absolutely beautiful! It beats any other chocolate cake recipe I’ve ever used in the last 40 years. I made it in a roasting tin , cut it and froze half. Thank you for sharing!

  3. The celebration chocolate cake was a wonderful cake to take on holidays with the family. It was moist, cut very well, kept well over six days and every day compliments were received for its texture and flavour. It had been in the freezer for a month prior to the holiday. Highly recommended and thank you Helen.

  4. After listening to your programme on Radio Live yesterday, I made this superb cake with halved quantities–it was superb.
    I covered it with a dark chocolate ganache, and a chocoholic friend said it was the best chocolate cake she had ever tasted
    Thoroughly recommended. Many thanks.

  5. A fantastic recipe that served twenty children and several adults and some left over. It was rich, moist and perfect even though I made it two days prior to the party.

  6. Hi could this cake be big enough to make in a roasting dish, as i want to take it to my son’s daycare for his birthday, to cut up for 25 children. would it feed that many. thanks