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Cooking Through Fiction: Miss Trunchbull's Chocolate Cake

Roald Dahl is one of my favorite writers, and Matilda is one of my favorite children's books. Matilda is a sweet exceptional girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different, but that's not possible when Miss Trunchbull is the headmistress.

My sister loved the movie, and we used to watch it over and over again. One of my favorite scenes in the movie is of the chocolate cake. When Bruce is accused of sneaking into the kitchen and eating Miss Truncuhbull's "most scrumptious cake in the entire world," he is forced to eat the most gigantic version of the cake ever!

I'm not sure this is punishment, but that cake probably weighed 100 pounds. I rooted for Bruce to eat it all, though! Just to show Miss Trunchbull that bullies don't win!

I kinda wanted this cake to be real, so I finally decided to make it. Even though Miss Trunchbull is a meanie, her chocolate cake is the most scrumptious cake in the entire world. Once piece of this will never be enough!

Miss Truncuhbull's Chocolate Cake

Serves 12–14

Level of Difficulty: easy


2 c sugar

1 3/4 c all-purpose flour

3/4 c dark cocoa powder

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 eggs

1 c buttermilk

2 tsp espresso powder in 1 cup hot water or 1 c dark hot coffee

1/2 c vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

How to Make

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

  2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.

  3. Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil, and vanilla into the bowl of a mixer. Mix on medium for 2 minutes. Batter will be thin. Divide batter evenly among baking dishes.

  4. Bake 30–35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

  5. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on wire rack.

For Dark Chocolate Ganache


2 c heavy cream

16 oz dark chocolate chips

How to Make

  1. Heat cream in microwave safe bowl for 3 minutes.

  2. Pour hot cream over bowl of chocolate chips. Let sit for 2 minutes.

  3. Stir until completely combined.

  4. Let cool for 10 minutes.

  5. Pour over first cake round (to be center of cake). Place top cake round on ganache. Pour the rest of the ganache over the cake to cover it completely.

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