Chocolate Bouchart Cake

Recipe by The Delicate Diner

Chocolate Bouchart Cake

Servings: 8



  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C / 325°F / gas mark 3.

  2. Butter and line a 23cm springform cake tin.

  3. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then slowly add the beaten eggs. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and bicarbonate of soda until well mixed. Add in the beer – you want to do this bit by bit so that it incorporates fully together. Then add the cocoa powder, again mixing well. Grate in half the chocolate and add with the chopped chocolate and pecan nuts. You will have a lovely, loose cake mix – try not to eat it all at this point!

  4. Carefully pour into the prepared baking tin and bake for 50 minutes. It is essential to check the cake then to ensure that the combination of the sugar and ale is not overdoing the top.

  5. If so, cover with greaseproof paper. Return to the oven for between 10 and 20 minutes depending on how well it is cooking. Check that the cake is cooked by inserting a skewer. If it comes out clean, then it is cooked.

  6. Leave the cake in the tin for 10 minutes to settle, then transfer to a wire rack. Resist the urge to cut a slice for as long as you can – at first, the edges will be rather crusty but overnight, the moisture from the beer settles across the cake leaving a thoroughly delicious and moist cake with toffee-like notes.

  7. Cut a slice, pour a coffee, and sit back and enjoy.


The Delicate Diner is Samantha Mattocks, MasterChef contestant and co-owner of nourish. Founded in 2016, The Delicate Diner is a mixture of recipes, reviews, and interviews – all with a passion for local produce. Samantha undertakes pop ups and cooking demos throughout the year, so look out for her in 2022.

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