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Greek Recipe - Chocolate Lenten Cake

Updated on May 20, 2015
5 stars from 1 rating of Lenten Chocolate Cake

Cook Time

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: Serves 8-10 adults


  • 390g - flour with baking powder
  • 60g - cocoa powder
  • 15g - baking soda
  • 400g - sugar
  • 136ml - olive oil
  • 480ml - water
  • 60ml -orgeat
  • 1/5 teaspoon - cinnamon
  • 30ml -vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon - castor sugar


  1. Heat the oven at 180C and apply the olive oil on the baking cake tray. (I use the round one)
  2. First bowl: add baking soda and 290ml of water. Stir gently until soda dissolves.
  3. Second bowl, the biggest one: 290ml of water, olive oil and orgeat, stir it well.
  4. Third bowl: add flour, cocoa and cinnamon.
  5. Empty the ingredients of the first bowl into the second and add the vinegar and sugar. Keep stirring intensively until sugar completely dissolves (at this stage I use cooking mixer)
  6. Once sugar is gone, start stirring with spoon and add slowly (small portions) the ingredients from the third bowl.
  7. Once the mixture is ready, empty it into baking tray and place the tray into the oven.
  8. Bake the cake on the 3rd (the middle) scale of oven for about 40 min. When it is ready, turn it upside down and decorate with castor sugar.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 piece
Calories 130
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Fiber 14 g56%
Protein 51 g102%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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      SAM ELDER 4 years ago from Home

      Thank you very much for your kind words

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Thank you for the great share! This looks very delicious. I love chocolate a lot. The above recipe and the cover pic is making my mouth water.

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      SAM ELDER 4 years ago from Home

      Thank you Peggy for your kind words, yes orgeat is unusual ingredient to use :) Here in Greece we call it "soumada".

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow...this chocolate Lenten cake looks delicious. I must admit that I had to look up what the ingredient orgeat was. I had never heard of it previously. Voted up and will tweet. Is that your photo at the top? It looks great!