Nicola Gavin’s Chocolate Cake

Recipe by Helen Gough

Serves: 20-25 mini brownies   Prep Time: 20 mins  Cooking Time: 25 mins

When Rosemarie, my sister-in-law sent me this recipe I was taken aback!  Why would she send a choc cake to be included in a recipe blog for cancer patients!  Ro informed me it has  been a great dessert/ cake in her family for many years. When I thought for a while I said yes it is suitable. Chemotherapy may cause you to lose a lot of weight or you may be after heavy surgery and calories are essential to get you back to your usual healthy weight.

This cake is really like a brownie recipe so it can be cut into squares and placed in the freezer for later. The ideal serving is to cut the cake into inch squares and have one after a meal or with other food.

Chopped hazelnuts can be added to mix prior to baking and it will add a good  protein source. It can be served as a dessert with raspberries and creme fraíche which will add loads of vitamins and minerals to make it a healthier option. Enjoy!

It can be served with raspberries and ice cream and can be a nice treat for cancer patients who don't have to worry about their weight.


  • 6oz good chocolate
  • 6oz butter
  • 6oz castor sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 oz self-raising flour


  1. Tin size: 12 inch x 8 inch by 1 inch depth
  2. Place chocolate, butter and sugar in a bowl and melt.
  3. Allow to cool completely.
  4. Beat until creamy.
  5. Beat in egg yolks.
  6. Whip egg whites.
  7. Fold in flour.
  8. Lastly fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.
  9.  Bake at 325ºF or 170ºC until firm to the touch about fifteen to twenty minutes.

Nutritional Benefits

Who can say no to chocolate cake! This recipe provides a rich source of energy in a small package ideal for patients who have a small appetite and find it hard to meet their nutritional requirements. The eggs also provide a source of protein ideal to help individuals maintain their muscle mass. A rich source of calories. If served with creme fraiche and raspberries it becomes a great source of calcium and vitamins!