Friday Food: Portable chocolate cakes!

The other day Sunflower and I had a fun morning creating some chaos and chocolate cake in the kitchen.


We were making little chocolate cakes inspired by an article in one of Mr R’s fitness magazines. Essentially these cakes were designed be used as portable nutrition, to be taken and eaten on a long run or cycle, instead of a pre-packaged sports bar or drink.

The magazine 220 Triathlon featured a great selection of these little treats that could be used by anyone doing endurance events. The idea behind these sort of snacks is that they are easily portable, wrappable and not too crumbly. They should contain easily digestible ingredients and should have calories to sustain around an hour of effort



 Now my cakes were really just destined to be eaten as a marginally healthier treat than a standard chocolate cake, so my recipe does not exactly follow that recommended by triathlon 220. The result was tasty with a slightly chewier texture compared to standard cakes. I could definitely see why they could easily be wrapped and eaten on the move – almost as useful for hungry little ones in a pushchair as for an athlete running a marathon!



  • 4 eggs
  • 200ml milk
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (or butter could be used)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp coco powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • Half a loaf of bread
  • 50g chocolate chips


Sensible method

  1. Melt coconut oil
  2. Mix all these ingredients in a food processor apart from the bread and chocolate chips
  3. Add bread to soak and blitz in food processor again.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips
  5. Divide into paper cases
  6. Bake at 180 degrees for around 15 minutes

Actual Method

  1. Futile debate with Sunflower about wisdom of baking whilst wearing fairy wings and tutu
  2. Sunflower wins debate with unimpeachable pre-schooler logic
  3. Wash Sunflower’s hands and put on apron (on top of tutu)
  4. Sunflower licks hands for unknown reason.
  5. Wash hands again.
  6. Collect ingredients whilst answering 1000 questions about why eggs might break if she carries them.
  7. Position steps to allow her to see work top
  8. Reposition steps to cater to random whim
  9. Allow her to handle egg in attempt to stem the flood of questions
  10. Make flying save to prevent egg toppling off bench
  11. Attempt to blitz ingredients in food processor but against better judgement resort to mixing bowl on floor to allow Sunflower participation
  12. Go to bread bin at other side of kitchen
  13. Return to scene below – cake mixture on Sunflower’s hands, nose, floor and the front of three kitchen drawers (how this is possible in 10 seconds I have yet to establish)
  14. Clean Sunflower’s hands.
  15. Sunflower commences imaginary game involving 3 stuffed rabbits
  16. Clean up chaos and complete rest of recipe in peace


Happy Baking!

Mami 2 Five

Tasty Tuesdays on

18 thoughts on “Friday Food: Portable chocolate cakes!

  1. You Baby Me Mummy February 28, 2015 / 9:22 pm

    Aw it looks like she had fun! x


    • tenminutesspare February 28, 2015 / 9:27 pm

      Thanks yes definitely! Any form of cooking with her takes twice as long, creates double the mess but is probably more than twice as enjoyable!


  2. internationalelfservice March 1, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    I hear you I hear you!! It’s so tricky baking with smalls and I’m always amazed if I have anything at the end of it! Love that she cooks in a tutu. I think everyone should.


  3. tenminutesspare March 1, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    Absolutely I think she’d thoroughly recommend the tutu baking experience!


  4. The Free From Fairy March 3, 2015 / 10:35 am

    How facinating using bread as the basis to these! I have never heard of that before! Clever.


    • tenminutesspare March 3, 2015 / 2:29 pm

      Yes I’d never come across it before. It definitely changes the texture but of you want to transport them or eat on the go definitely fewer crumbs! Also I guess easy to make gluten free with gluten free bread if required x


  5. EMZ March 3, 2015 / 4:18 pm

    These look really tasty & quick, easy to make (although not when you list out how making them actually went with your little helper!) I’m going to give these a go – plus, I love using coconut oil instead of butter so win, win x


    • tenminutesspare April 26, 2015 / 7:50 pm

      I’m not sure how I missed replying to this ages ago. A very belated thank you for commenting! I hope you had as much fun as we did if you attempted them.

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  6. Julia @rainbeaubelle March 3, 2015 / 11:25 pm

    Sounds familiar! It’s never straightforward baking with little ones around is it, but it is fun and you always feel like they learn something, even if it is just how to eat the mixture! Thanks for linking to #sundaystars


    • tenminutesspare March 4, 2015 / 2:55 pm

      Yes that’s exactly it- not straight forwards but usually fun… In fact that probably describes most of life living with a 2 year old!


  7. Honest Mum March 7, 2015 / 12:51 am

    They look so moist and delicious. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x


    • tenminutesspare March 7, 2015 / 7:16 am

      Thanks for hosting the linky! So helpful for a newbie like me to link up and meet people. The cakes were yummy… Can’t really go wrong with a choc cake!


  8. Katie (@mami2fiveblog) March 8, 2015 / 9:55 pm

    This looks like a really interesting recipe! Do you use the crusts of the bread too? Must give this one a go just out of curiosity!!! Thanks for linking up with #SundayStars


    • tenminutesspare March 8, 2015 / 9:59 pm

      Yes I did! Mainly because in amongst all the chaos I was too busy to think about removing them. They seemed to soften up enough in all the liquid. Thanks for hosting sun daystars – I’m just about to link up again with my latest post! x


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