Chocolate Cake Recipe Tip

Did you know that when a chocolate cake recipe says to ‘grease a cake pan and dust it with flour’, you can substitute unsweetened cocoa powder for the flour?


Simply butter the cake pan then spoon in a heaping spoonful of cocoa powder, then shake the pan to distribute the cocoa over the bottom and sides of the pan.

Voila!…a bit more chocolaty flavor in any chocolate cake.


  • Congratulations on your Food Blog Award win!! Of course I knew you’d get it ;-) Great tip on the cocoa powder!

  • Much congratulations on the food blog award!

    Look forward to reading more about your food adventures in the coming year.

  • David! The sales have started! You need to get your butt over to the Levi’s store, your friends are waiting for you!!! :)

  • Thanks for your kind words about the award.

    I think I’ll celebrate by treating myself to a new pair of Levi’s!

  • Yeah! This tip makes it even easier to make gluten-free chocolate cake. Whoo!

    Congrats, my friend. Congrats.

  • Congratulations on the award!
    I’m the woman who introduced herself to you in the marche de Bastille on Sunday. It was fun to meet you and buy some salt from your salt guy! His caramels are wonderful, by the way.
    Sadly, our vacation is over and it’s back to work….If you ever get to Boston, let me know. Suzy

  • you decadent thing! congrats on the food blog award and I loved your fresh ginger cake recipe!

  • What a great tip! Why didn’t we think of that sooner?

    Congrats on the award!

  • Congratulations on your food blog award win.

  • David, you are such a chocolate pimp! Congrats on the award too, your blog is the toppermost of the poppermost!

  • Thanks for the tip, David – it makes so much more sense!

  • Yes, like Scott says, Why didn’t we think of that? Honestly, it’s brilliant, but why aren’t we already doing it?

    Oh, I get it. That’s why you’re The Chocolate Guy.

  • I love this idea. I never would have thought of it. And, the best part is, the next time I’m baking a chocolate cake I won’t have the white flour residue on the outside…it’ll be chocolate instead!