Van Houten Chocolate cake, anyone? If you are looking for a tried and tested recipe for chocolate cake, you might want to try this out. This chocolate cake recipe is actually modified from the scroll cake recipe. Medium moist, light and buttery, it makes you want to have another piece once you’ve eaten one. Van Houten Cocoa Powder is used in this recipe. If you can’t find it, you might also want to try the Tudor brand. As for butter, we use Golden Churn brand. SCS butter is also a good substitute.

To prevent sticking, ensure that the baking pan is well greased with butter followed by dusting with flour. Cool the cake over a rack before storing.

Oh, in case you were wondering, the Van Houten Chocolate Cake is on the foreground. The other pieces of cakes are the famous Sarawak Layer Cake (Kuih Lapis Sarawak). Looks good, don’t they?

But for now, let me share with you the recipe for Van Houten Chocolate Cake :-


  • 10 oz. Butter
  • 10 oz. Castor Sugar
  • 7 ½ oz. Flour
  • 1 oz. Cocoa Powder
  • 8 Eggs (separate egg yolks from egg whites)
  • 2 ¼ teaspoon Baking Powder


Beat butter and sugar for 8 minutes (or until white).

Add egg yolks one by one and continue beating for another 10 minutes.

Fold in flour sifted with cocoa powder and baking powder (sifted 2 to 3 times).

In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff and add it to the butter mixture.

Pour mixture onto a baking tray (8″ inch, square tin)

Bake in a 300°F (or 150°C) oven for about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

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  1. 1
    July 5th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    cake looks moist and yummy. I never dared to venture beyond baking muffins … find baking sweet stuff difficult =P Kuih Lapis looks great too

  2. 2
    July 15th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    yohh finally one post, still so busy? :p

    BTW, August is round the corner, it’s time for the next instalment of the virtual Merdeka Open House. I’m looking for suggestions for this year’s theme, hope you could contribute some but do remember to participate and join in the fun!

  3. 3
    July 24th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    how do u make the kek lapis sarawak. i’ve been trying to find the recipes and the ways to make them. n urs look realllllliiiiiiii good. can you post them pls????

  4. 4
    Quay Po Cooks
    September 2nd, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    the kek lapis look so good!! Hope you can share the recipe:D

  5. 5
    September 7th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    the chocolate cake looks absolutely delicious and colorful.

  6. 6
    December 31st, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Have not seen u post any new recipes lately, just to tell u that there are fans waiting for more! Absolutely love your recipes..

  7. 7
    fadzlan shahibi
    February 9th, 2011 at 11:20 am

    This kek lapis really famous in Sarawak. One of the lady entrepreneur that involved in this kind of cake production can easily collect RM100k per month. Now she is a millionaire…

  8. 8
    February 28th, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Just stepped by to say hi and I absolutely love your divine-looking photos!

  9. 9
    March 30th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Delicious chocolate cake, thanks for the recipe.

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