Let them eat CAKE!


For the love of Cake

Recipe & styling Thulisa Martins

Photographs Dylan Swart http://www.dylanswart.com

Its been a busy time in my life fellow reader.

The full days of work with still no helper at home and two boys who needs my full attention and a husband to take care of off course. Did I mention before that I got a dream job at one of the most vibrant food companies in SA – QK meats SA which is part of the Queally group? Well, Its been such fun to start off in this new adventure and boy oh boy I have grown so much these past three months. Not only have I had the chance to meet some of the most remarkable movers and shakers in the Food industry, I have had a chance to draw from their energy too and have been highly inspired.

Ok back to business, I thought of making a gentleman’s cake. whether you make this cake for yourself – for pure indulgence or for a dinner party, its worth making! and its great on a cold winters day/ night. My Inspiration to this cake is from a Scottish Leader event that I went to earlier in the year and since then this whiskey has had a soft spot in our home. I know most love to cook with wine and I just think cooking with whiskey is wonderful too.



250g Cake flour, Sifted

300g Castor Sugar, sifted

5 ml Bicarbonate of soda

pinch of salt

100g salted butter

150ml water

100ml vegetable oil

100g cocoa powder

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

125ml (1/2 cup) buttermilk

100ml Scottish Leader whiskey

Scottish Leader Original LR


Preheat the oven to 180C.

Grease a 20cm cake tin or you can make about six individual cakes.

Whisk all the other ingredients besides the whiskey in a free standing blender until light and fluffy, about 6 minutes on medium to high speed. Pour the batter into the prepared cake moulds/ cake tin and bake for 45 minutes if its a big cake and 30 minutes if its individual cakes until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Prick the cake randomly a few time with a skewer and poor the whiskey over it to soak in. Now this is my kinda cake – no fuss, no mess and it just hits the spot.

To serve with this glorious cake, melt 200g good quality dark chocolate with 250g fresh cream in a double boiler while stirring, cool slightly. Poor over the cake and serve with strawberries – I just pour a bit of whiskey in a sauce pan and add hulled strawberries for a few minutes on high heat, flambé them and its done.


Happy Baking!

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