As it’s nearly Mother’s Day, we thought we would share one of our favourite chocolate cake recipes with you. This is a nice activity for you and your little ones this weekend to make for the family or friends!

For those that are struggling to stick to your lent promise of no chocolate, skip straight past this recipe for some comical thoughts which we are sure you will resonate with!

Cinnamon Nutella Cake

cinamon nutella



  • 175g softened butter
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 4 rounded tbsp Nutella or own-brand chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 50g hazelnuts, roughly chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/ fan 160C. Butter and line the base of a 20cm round cake tin.
  2. Put the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and milk into a bowl. Beat with a wooden spoon for 2-3 minutes, or with an electric hand mixer for 1-2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  3. Tip three quarters of the mixture into the tin, spread it level, then spoon the Nutella on in four blobs. Top with the remaining mixture, swirl a few times with a skewer, then smooth to cover the Nutella.
  4. Sprinkle with the nuts. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, until risen, nicely browned, feels firm to touch and springs back when lightly pressed (cover with foil if it starts to brown too quickly). Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out, peel off the paper and cool on a wire rack. Wrap tightly in double thick foil to keep fresh for up to a week.

(recipe taken from BBC Good Food)


Some of us at Trotters HQ have quit chocolate for lent, and have learnt a few comical things through the struggle of giving up this indulgent treat.chocoDid anyone else go to town on Pancake Day? Time was not wasted on savoury fillings – we got straight onto the CHOCOLATE! We well and truly knocked ourselves out.

Do you find you have to explain yourself to others ALL the time? About WHY you gave up chocolate, and then have to politely say no for the 100th time that you will not be convinced to eat any.

Have you found that people seem to offer you more chocolate during lent than the rest of the year put together? How is that?

Do you tend to notice chocolate, where before it had gone completely unnoticed? The chocolate dusting on the cappuccino, for example.

And aren’t we just all just WAITING for the chime of midnight on Easter Saturday, so the chocolate FEAST (not fast this time), can BEGIN! HURRAH! Chocolate for breakfast, mid morning snack, lunch, afternoon tea, supper, late night, midnight snack? It is hard to believe that we may feel completely ‘chocolated’ out by the end of the day…