Julia's easy surprise cake

    1 hour

    I found a similar recipe on the Polish internet around 5 years ago and I changed it and tweaked it a lot since then. I think I made it at least 20 times. It's very sweet, full of different surprises (seeds, nuts etc.) and everybody loves it. It's also quite filling so it might even last for 3 days - that's if there are no children around! There is a lot of writing but the cake is very quick to make. I personally put loads of different stuff in there, the more the better.


    Buskerud, Norway
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    Serves: 12 

    • 250g margarine
    • 600g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 350g self-raising flour
    • 2 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 6 eggs
    • 100g each 4 different seeds or nuts below you want to add. It's delicious with
    • pumpkin seed
    • sunflower seed
    • raisins
    • walnuts
    • hazelnuts
    • almonds
    • pistachio nuts (without the shells!)
    • unsalted peanuts (no shells)
    • cashews
    • amaranth seed

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Melt margarine in a pot, gently not to boil it.
    3. Mix melted margarine, sugar, salt, cocoa, flour and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl.
    4. In a separate container beat the whole eggs with a mixer to make them foamy and almost stiff.
    5. Add the eggs to the rest of the mixture and gently stir, to make it smooth but not to remove the airy texture.
    6. Add all the seeds and nuts and mix again.
    7. Place the cake mixture in a baking tray. It will not pour smoothly but don't worry about it. It will spread into the corners of the tray and fill it up while baking.
    8. It's a good idea to put some sunflower seeds on the surface of the cake as it tastes nice but this is not an obligatory step at all.
    9. Bake for 40 minutes in the preheated oven. Time may vary, if you open the oven after 40 minutes and the cake is all wet and soft, add another 10 minutes, but don't panic, it's going to be delicious anyway.
    10. The cake will be a bit sticky and toffee-like when you cut it, that's ok.

    Editor's Note:

    This recipe was edited by Allrecipes.co.uk staff, to conform to measures and ingredients that are familiar to UK and Irish home cooks.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. I used half of the ingredients and it was yummy and only needed baking for 30 minutes.  -  11 May 2010


    I was very disappointed with this recipe. Made it for my husband's birthday and the whole cake just sunk in the middle after taking it out of the oven. It also got quite burnt on the edges but was uncooked inside so oven temp wrong. I have managed to recover some of it but my husband didn't have any candles to blow out this year. Did follow recipe to the letter and this recipe was a first time fail for me.  -  18 May 2013  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)