The Bruce Bogtrotter Chocolate Cake


Matilda was one of my absolute favourite stories as a child, and whenever I pictured the scene with Bruce Bogtrotter and Miss Trunchbull, I always imagined that the cake looked a lot like this one.

This was originally a recipe I used for my wife’s birthday cake last April and I’ve been using it a lot since then as it makes for a great dessert.

I mean, just take a look at this lovely indulgent chocolatey goodness cake in all it’s glory!

Salivating just a little bit? Let’s get cracking with the recipe.

Before you, you’ll need 2 x 17cm (7 in) deep sandwich tins, greased and lined with baking paper.



  • 3 large eggs
  • 175g/6 oz self-raising flour
  • 175g/6 oz caster sugar
  • 175g/6 oz softened butter
  • 1½ level tsp baking powder
  • 40g/1½ oz cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp boiling water


  • 150ml/5fl oz double cream
  • 150g/5oz dark chocolate, broken into pieces



  1. Preheat the oven to 180C, gas 4.
  2. Put the eggs, flour, caster sugar, butter and baking powder all into one bowl and beat together until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Put the cocoa in separate mixing bowl, and add the hot water a little at a time to make a stiff paste. (I tend to pour the water straight from the kettle.) Add to the cake mixture.
  4. Measure the mixture evenly into the two tins and leave in the oven for 20 – 25 mins. You’ll know when they’re done because they’ll start to look spongey.
  5. Leave them to cool in the tins for a bit, then turn them upside down on a cooling rack.
  6. To make the icing, measure the cream and chocolate into a bowl and carefully melt over a pan of hot water over a low heat, and stir with a wooden spoon. Then set aside to cool a little and to thicken up.
  7. Spread the icing on one of the cakes, the put the other cake on top of this, like your  sandwiching them together.
  8. Use the remaining icing to spread all over the cake for your topping. Warning, this can create a little bit of mess – as you can see from my pic, the icing is quite gooey (delicious but gooey) and can sometimes drip off the cake.


For those of you who don’t know the Bruce Bogtrotter reference, take a look at the film version’s interpretation right here, although I strongly recommend that you don’t try this at home:


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