Wednesday, November 13, 2019
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In the Galley

Chocolate Upside Down Cake – Sweet Treats


My great-grandmother began serving this chocolate cake nearly 100 years ago, and it’s been a family favorite ever since. It’s great on a boat, as it uses cocoa instead of baking chocolate, was intended to be mixed by hand and baked in a “moderate oven” fueled by wood – perfect for a somewhat temperamental galley oven. Plus, the frosting won’t run in tropical heat!

Grandma Phila's Chocolate Upside Down Cake

This Chocolate Upside Down Cake is designed to be made without an electric mixer and tastes great – perfect if you live on a boat, RV or off the grid.

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 35 mins

Total Time 45 mins



  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder see note below
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ tablespoons cocoa
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine or vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup nuts



  • ½ cup brown sugar – if not available, use white and a smidge of honey or molasses
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup boiling water


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Place all cake ingredients in a bowl and stir to mix. Pour into an ungreased 8"x 8" pan (or anything that is reasonably close). Let sit . . .

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Carolyn Shearlock
Hi! I’m Carolyn Shearlock. My husband and I have been cruising over 12 years and 11,000 miles, first on a Tayana 37 monohull and now on a 34′ Gemini catamaran. Along the way, we sold pretty much everything we owned (twice!), gained a great boat dog, had a bunch of wonderful times and some adventures . . . and learned a ton about what does and doesn’t work