Saturday, 1 December 2012

Food Waste Friday - More cake...

Every week since starting this blog, I have joined in with the Frugal Girl's Food Waste Friday, and I look back over the week's food waste in our home. The aim is to cut down on food that is thrown away, which benefits both the planet and my purse. 

Fortunately there is not much food waste to report this week.

One mouldy cherry tomato had to be composted. Some mashed potato hid itself at the back of the fridge for too long, and ended up being eaten by our chickens.

Half a pot of yogurt nearly headed their way too.  Last week I reported that yogurt-making had ground to a halt. Well, yogurt-eating has also completely ground to a halt. The weather has been wet and cold recently and now it's extremely cold and frosty. It appears that there is no call for yogurt when the temperature is hitting zero.

However, as you know, there is always call for cake in this house, especially when it's below freezing!

Chocolate and yogurt cake it was, to use up the yogurt that nobody is eating.

You might have the impression from this blog that we only eat cake, but we do eat a lot of other healthy stuff too. Honest.

Our excuse this week, apart from preventing food waste, is that Daughter deserved a chocolate cake reward for taking her Grade 2 cello exam, and the rest of us deserved a reward for having had to listen to intensive scales practice for the last three weeks.

And half of the chocolate cake is destined for a Bath and District Tibet Support Group charity event.

So our cake consumption is not as enormous as it looks.

Yogurt Chocolate Cake, from BBC Good Food:

125g butter or marg

125ml sunflower oil
250ml water
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
300g flour - self raising or plain flour with 3 spoonfuls of baking powder
400g Sugar
pinch of salt
2 eggs
150ml natural or plain yogurt

For the Icing:
75g Butter - softened
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
2 cups of icing sugar

  1. In a saucepan, melt together butter, oil, water and cocoa powder.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Now pour over the wet mixture, and stir well.
  3. Add eggs and yogurt, and stir well again.
  4. Pour mixture into a greased 12x8" baking tin or glass pyrex dish. This is a single layer cake, but you could use two 8" cake tins.
  5. Bake at 180 deg C/Gas mark 4 for 30 minutes.
  6. Icing: Mix all ingredients together with a small amount of milk. Spread over cake.

Food Waste Friday was dreamt up by, to encourage people to use up food instead of waste it. 


  1. looks very tasty - we do consume a lot of cake - hungry boys that need filling up cheaply!!

    1. Yes, I figure it's less packaging, cheaper and a bit healthier than buying biscuits and cakes.

  2. I don't think you should need to justify your cake consumption - cake is gooooood!

    1. Thanks, Andrea, that's made me feel less guilty!

  3. I see so many good recipes out in blog land and this is one of them. Chocolate cake is my favorite kind and this looks delicious.