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Actress Julia Hesmondhalgh's 'Mum's Unbeatable Chocolate Cake!'

Epilepsy Action Tea Break - Friday 21 October

Julie Hesmondhalgh

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You will need:

  • An 8 inch cake tin
  • An oven set to 180 degrees celcius
  • Approximately one hour


  • 4oz margarine
  • 6oz sugar
  • 6oz self-raising flour
  • 2oz drinking chocolate
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg-cupfuls boiling milk
  • 1 egg-cupful boiling water


  • Cream margarine and sugar together.
  • Add beaten eggs.
  • Fold in flour and drinking chocolate.
  • Finally add boiling water and milk.



  • 2oz butter
  • 2oz drinking chocolate
  • 4oz icing sugar
  • 1 dessertspoon of sherry
  • 1 dessertspoon of black coffee


  • Mix all ingredients together
  • Cut the cake when cold and spread filling


Melt about 10 pieces of chocolate and spread on top of cake

- Best wishes, Julie Hesmondhalgh. X

Why has this recipe been donated to Epilepsy Action?

A cup of coffee and a piece of cake can make a real difference for people with epilepsy.

Epilepsy Action’s network of coffee and chat groups can provide a life line to people who might be feeling isolated because of the condition. Coffee and chat groups give people affected by epilepsy an opportunity to come together and share their experiences.

Text ACT NOW to 70700 to donate £5, the cost of a cup of coffee and piece of cake, to Epilepsy Action. Together we can make sure no-one has to face epilepsy alone. Terms and conditions.

Want to hold your own Tea Break?

Each year in October, Epilepsy Action holds a fundraising event called Tea Break, asking people to pop the kettle on, make a brew, bake a cake and have a cuppa with us! The money raised goes towards helping everyone affected by epilepsy in the UK! 

Holding a Tea Break really is a piece of cake! Whether it’s a cup of tea and a cake in your kitchen or a tea party at your workplace, you can hold your Tea Break anywhere and invite anybody along to share the fun. In the past, we have had Tea Breaks registered all over the UK; from Cornwall to Scotland, in schools, homes and workplaces.  

If reading this recipe has inspired you to hold a Tea Break for Epilepsy Action, why not register for your free fundraising pack now and bake a difference?

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