No Oven? No Bake Chocolate Cake

When we moved in to our apartment in Huelva,, our bubbly and seemingly lovely landlady (who is an older Spanish lady from Sevilla) told us upfront that our oven was currently not working, but would be replaced “mañana”.  Well, three weeks have gone by, and that’s a lot of mañanas.  We’ve called our dueña several times, and she keeps reassuring us that a new oven is on the way, but we’re getting impatient over here! We will persist, por que no es vale!

To make things worse, our microwave broke last week (we’ve been told that it will be replaced mañana, too…), so when I said I would bring a dessert to a little “international” dinner I went to last week, I realized it would have to be a “no bake” recipe for sure. Cue this amazing No Bake Chocolate Cake from Heidi at 101cookbooks.  With only two key ingredients (I did manage to find all of the ingredients, though, in our little local grocery store!), it is a cinch to make, and can easily be done with super low key kitchen equipment.  (I used a plastic container lined with parchment paper as my “cake pan…it works!)

This cake is basically a decadent chocolate ganache or fudge in disguise. Make sure there are other people around to help you eat this, or you could end up eating it all yourself….not that that’s necessarily terrible.
I tried to make my cake a little more “Canadian” for this international shindig, so I decorated it with some maple candies and chocolate loonies that I brought from home (they are really for my students, but I figured I could sacrifice a few!).  It needed a little gussying up since I was lacking any cocoa powder or powdered sugar to make it look a bit more sophisticated.
This recipe was really easy to follow and the results were delicious — I’m really looking forward to making it again (maybe for (y)our birthday, Thomas!), but I’m also really looking forward to having an oven…fingers crossed.
Hasta luego!


  1. Hi Kate,
    I was searching Google for “mummy groups in Huelva” and I found your blog. Obviously you aren’t a mummy group but it is neat to know that there is a fellow Canadian walking the streets of Huelva.

    Where are you from? I’m from Calgary. I’ve been living in Huelva for 4 years now but my situation is a bit different. I’m married, working and have a 7 month old baby. Damn I sound like an adult (please don’t be fooled).

    What academy are you working for? I also teach English but I do it online for a company that I used to work for in Madrid. Also, how did you meet so many foreigners in Huelva? I’ve been living here for 4 years and all my friends are Spanish. I never seem to run into English speakers.

    Anyways, I just wanted to welcome you to Huelva (much nicer than what lonely planet says about it) and say that your no bake cake looks amazing….and if you ever want to chat over a pumpkin spice latte just let me know. :)

    All the best,

    • Diana!

      How cool to hear from you!! I will send you an email and would absolutely love to chat (over a pumpkin spiced latte, perhaps!) sometime — thanks for getting in touch:)

      Hasta pronto!

  2. These look so delicious, and I absolutely love the Canadian twist! You are so creative, I am glad you found a solution to not having an oven… what a hassle. Do you have a functioning oven now?

    • WE JUST GOT AN OVEN! Hallelujah! Can’t wait to try it. And thanks! Haha, this was some seriously improvised ‘Canadian’ dessert, but whatever works, right?

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