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Bar One Chocolate Cake Recipe

Bar One Cake Photo : Jackie Cameron

Bar One Cake
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Bar One Chocolate Cake

A Bar One cake is more than a chocolate cake. It oozes "Bar One" in every mouthful and exudes decadence as well as deliciously over-the-top richness which promise to meet the most avid chocoholic's craving.


Yields: 22cm Cake


45ml Cocoa Powder

80 ml Boiling Water

150 g unsalted Butter

 250 ml White Sugar

3 Eggs, Extra Large

500 ml Cake Flour

15 ml Baking Powder

3 ml Bicarbonate of Soda

3 ml fine Salt

250 ml Plain Yoghurt

2x55g Bar One Chocolate, cut into chunks


1x 55g Bar One Chocolate

100g Dark Chocolate, we use Belgium

60 ml Cream

45g unsalted Butter


1) Mix cocoa powder in boiling water until smooth and allow slight cooling

2) Cream butter and sugar very well. Add eggs, one-at-a-time, beating well in-between. Then add cocoa mixture

3) Sift all your dry ingredients, add bar one chunks to this. Alternately, add sifted ingredients with yoghurt to the creamed mixture

4) Grease and line a 22cm loose-bottomed cake tin, spoon in cake mixture.

5) Bake in a pre-heated oven of 180˚C for about 1 hour.

6) While the cake is baking mix up all the sauce ingredients in a sauce pan over a low heat until completely melted.

7) One the cake is baked remove from the cake, place onto a cooling wrack. Using a skewer make holes all over the top of the cake, then pour over the warm sauce

8) Leave over night covered in the fridge


(make the day of the cake baking)


200g Brown Sugar

250 ml Cream

40 g salted Butter


1) Caramelise the sugar over a low heat in a pan, add butter and then cream. Lightly simmer

2) Strain through a sieve and place into the fridge



250 ml Cream, whipped


PART one


2x 55g Bar One Chocolate

100 g Dark Chocolate, we use Belgium

200 g pink and white Marshmallows

250 ml Cream


1) Place all the above ingredients into a big bowl and melt over a Bain Marie

PART two


125g unsalted Butter

1 ½ cups sifted Icing Sugar

½ cup Cocoa powder

5 ml Vanilla Essence


1) Cream all the above ingredients together

Part three

1) Mix Part one and part two together well

Putting the cake together

1) Cut the cake into three layer

2) Place a caramel layer and cream layer in-between the layers

3) Finish with the above gooey Bar One Icing. Use a hot knife and take care in icing this.  Decorate with Bar One chunks and marshmallows if wanted.

I look forward to hearing from you.

jackie cameron

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef
Hartford House
+27 33 263 2713