Introduction: The Best Basic Chocolate Sauce Ever!

About: Hi, my name is Ulrich Retief. I am currently working as a junior doctor in South Africa. Although I am very busy with my work and extracurricular activities, I love taking my mind off work and relax by doing …

"Rich, sweet and almost a velvety/creamy feel on your tongue."

This was my girlfriend's description when she first tasted it. In this instructable I will give you the recipe to one of the best chocolate sauces that combines the following three descriptions: "delicious", "easy to make" an best of all, "CHEAP".

Since it is pointless to make a chocolate sauce without something to put it on, and although this sauce is a great filling or topping for many desserts, I decided to add to this instructable the recipe for a simple chocolate cake that matches the description given for the sauce. It is soft, sweet and not too dry. With the sauce it is one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever eaten. Try it for yourself and let me know if you agree...

Let's get to it!

PS this instructable uses the metric system, so if you are imperial, just use one of the many converters found on man's best friend, Google.

Step 1: Necessities for the Sauce


  1. 200 g (250 ml) Sugar
  2. 25 g ( 50 ml) Cornflour - I used Maizena
  3. 20 g ( 50 ml) Cocoa
  4. 45 g ( 50 ml) Butter / Margarine
  5. (375 ml) Water


  1. Double cooker / Two pots that can fit in each other
  2. Measuring equipment (spoons/cups/etc.)
  3. Mixing spoon/Whisk
  4. Stove

Step 2: Mixing the Ingredients and Prepping the Double Cooker


Put all the ingredients in the smaller of the two pots (in the top part of the double cooker) and mix it together.


Pour boiling water in the bigger pot (bottom part of the double cooker) and place the smaller pot inside the water (look at the photo to know what it must look like).

Make sure that the boiling water surrounds the entire side of the smaller pot.

Step 3: Finishing the Sauce

Place the two pots on the stove at high heat. Occasionally stir the sauce to mix it nicely and to assess when it is ready. When the sauce sauce has a nice thick consistency, it is ready.

Before pouring the sauce on something like a cake, let it cool a little to prevent it from causing damage to the cake.

PS. if this process takes too long or if you are pushed for time, you can finish the sauce in a microwave. Just pour the sauce in a microwaveable bowl. Do not leave it in too long to prevent this sauce from overcooking. I would suggest stirring it every 15 seconds and continue until it is thick enough.

Step 4: Necessities for the Cake


  1. 750 ml Cake flour
  2. 500 ml Sugar
  3. 500 ml Boiling water
  4. 250 ml Oil
  5. 80 ml Cocoa
  6. 50 ml Vinegar
  7. 20 ml Baking powder
  8. 10 ml Vanilla essence
  9. 5 ml Baking soda
  10. 5 ml Salt


  1. Oven
  2. Baking Sheet
  3. Mixing Bowl
  4. Mixing spoon / Whisk
  5. Measuring equipment (spoons/cups/etc.)
  6. Spray and Cook

Step 5: Preheat and Mixing


You can start by preheating the oven to 180°C (356°F). This way it will be ready when your mix is in the baking sheet and ready for the oven.


Place all the ingredients in the mixing bowl and mix it together. Make sure that all the ingredients is thoroughly mixed and that there are not any bubbles with flour in (this is not a necessity, but it does improve the quality of your end product).

Step 6: Baking

Spray your baking sheet with Spray and Cook to prevent to cake from sticking to it.

Pour the cake mix into the baking sheet and, when the oven is hot enough, place it in the oven. Leave the cake for 20-30 minutes. There are many ways to check if a cake is ready or not, I prefer the way my mom taught me.

She always says that she listens if the cake is still "singing". The singing refers to a crackling sound the cake makes when it is still raw. as soon as no sounds are heard from the cake, you will know that it is ready.

For any scepticism regarding this method: My girlfriend always said that it can't be possible, so we tested it. We made cupcakes and I listened to all the cupcakes individually. I told her which ones are ready, which are still raw and which are in between. She then checked with a probe and I had a 100% success rate.

Remember to wear protective gloves when working with the oven or the hot baking sheet to prevent any burns or other injuries.

Step 7: Finishing the Cake

When the cake is ready, pour the sauce over the cake. Spread the sauce evenly over the entire cake.

You can now decorate the cake however you want. I went with DIY as a celebration of the Instructables website and all the epic people that share their work here.


And PLEASE give me your feedback, I would love to know what you guys think of my favourite cake!

Remember to vote for me in the Chocolate contest and check out my other stuff, I'm sure you will find something you like...

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