Michael Rosen

(7 May 1946 / Harrow, London)

Chocolate Cake - Poem by Michael Rosen

I love chocolate cake.
And when I was a boy
I loved it even more.

Sometimes we used to have it for tea
and Mum used to say,
'If there's any left over
you can have it to take to school
tomorrow to have at playtime.'
And the next day I would take it to school
wrapped up in tin foil
open it up at playtime
and sit in the corner of the playground
eating it,
you know how the icing on top
is all shiny and it cracks as you
bite into it,
and there's that other kind of icing in
the middle
and it sticks to your hands and you
can lick your fingers
and lick your lips
oh it's lovely.

once we had this chocolate cake for tea
and later I went to bed
but while I was in bed
I found myself waking up
licking my lips
and smiling.
I woke up proper.
'The chocolate cake.'
It was the first thing
1 thought of.

I could almost see it
so I thought,
what if I go downstairs
and have a little nibble, yeah?

It was all dark
everyone was in bed
so it must have been really late
but I got out of bed,
crept out of the door

there's always a creaky floorboard, isn't there?

Past Mum and Dad's room,
careful not to tread on bits of broken toys
or bits of Lego
you know what it's like treading on Lego
with your bare feet,


into the kitchen
open the cupboard
and there it is
all shining.

So I take it out of the cupboard
put it on the table
and I see that
there's a few crumbs lying about on the plate,
so I lick my finger and run my finger all over the crumbs
scooping them up
and put them into my mouth.


< br>Then
I look again
and on one side where it's been cut,
it's all crumbly.

So I take a knife
I think I'll just tidy that up a bit,
cut off the crumbly bits
scoop them all up
and into the mouth

oooooommm mmmm

Look at the cake again.

That looks a bit funny now,
one side doesn't match the other
I'll just even it up a bit, eh?

Take the knife
and slice.
This time the knife makes a little cracky noise
as it goes through that hard icing on top.

A whole slice this time,

into the mouth.

Oh the icing on top
and the icing in the middle
ohhhhhh oooo mmmmmm.

But now
I can't stop myself
Knife -
1 just take any old slice at it
and I've got this great big chunk
and I'm cramming it in
what a greedy pig
but it's so nice,

and there's another
and another and I'm squealing and I'm smacking my lips
and I'm stuffing myself with it
before I know
I've eaten the lot.
The whole lot.

I look at the plate.
It's all gone.

Oh no
they're bound to notice, aren't they,
a whole chocolate cake doesn't just disappear
does it?

What shall 1 do?

I know. I'll wash the plate up,
and the knife

and put them away and maybe no one
will notice, eh?

So I do that
and creep creep creep
back to bed
into bed
doze off
licking my lips
with a lovely feeling in my belly.

In the morning I get up,
have breakfast,
Mum's saying,
'Have you got your dinner money?'
and I say,
'And don't forget to take some chocolate cake with you.'
I stopped breathing.

'What's the matter,' she says,
'you normally jump at chocolate cake?'

I'm still not breathing,
and she's looking at me very closely now.

She's looking at me just below my mouth.
'What's that?' she says.
'What's what?' I say.

'What's that there?'
'There,' she says, pointing at my chin.
'I don't know,' I say.
'It looks like chocolate,' she says.
'It's not chocolate is it?'
No answer.
'Is it?'
'I don't know.'
She goes to the cupboard
looks in, up, top, middle, bottom,
turns back to me.
'It's gone.
It's gone.
You haven't eaten it, have you?'
'I don't know.'
'You don't know. You don't know if you've eaten a whole
chocolate cake or not?
When? When did you eat it?'

So I told her,

and she said
well what could she say?
'That's the last time I give you any cake to take
to school.
Now go. Get out
no wait
not before you've washed your dirty sticky face.'
I went upstairs
looked in the mirror
and there it was,
just below my mouth,
a chocolate smudge.
The give-away.
Maybe she'll forget about it by next week.

Comments about Chocolate Cake by Michael Rosen

  • Mahtab Bangalee (8/22/2019 5:16:00 AM)

    nowhere the chocolate
    on the cupboard, on the shelf, in the freeze..
    no, nowhere
    seeking here and there
    just a meaningless feature

    look, look
    the chin, the lips
    chewing mouth
    smudge, coco smudge
    it's the mirror
    shows the all

    oh! now the chocolate
    lives in belly
    peacefully...........! ! ! !

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  • (7/24/2019 10:03:00 PM)

    Great poem but not as great as chicken curry (Report)Reply

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  • (7/16/2019 1:56:00 AM)

    I've been teaching 30+ years now and still my all time favourite! (Report)Reply

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  • (7/12/2019 8:03:00 AM)

    Poooooooooooooooooooooooooooooopojjhiihu (Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb Alfateh (7/3/2019 1:05:00 AM)

    I'm still not breathing,
    and she's looking at me very closely now.

    She's looking at me just below my mouth.
    'What's that? ' she says.
    'What's what? ' I say.

    superb poem
    great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • (7/2/2019 8:12:00 PM)

    i love this poem. Many children would be able to identify with it. It's very real and enjoyable how his thoughts flow and he convinces himself. (Report)Reply

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  • (6/26/2019 4:16:00 PM)

    Its funny (Report)Reply

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  • (6/20/2019 12:28:00 AM)

    Get out of here you piece of (Report)Reply

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  • (6/17/2019 2:48:00 PM)

    Best poem on the world (Report)Reply

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  • (6/17/2019 8:35:00 AM)

    CCCAAAKKKEEE! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • (6/16/2019 5:09:00 AM)

    This is one of the truly funniest poems even and still makes me Laugh Out Loud years on: -) (Report)Reply

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  • (6/10/2019 7:21:00 AM)


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  • (5/21/2019 1:08:00 PM)

    So funny! ! ! ! ! ! ! Loved it alot. Michael is a great poet😀😀😀😀😀😀 (Report)Reply

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  • (4/20/2019 10:23:00 PM)

    :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) (Report)Reply

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  • (3/21/2019 2:20:00 PM)

    This poem describes what I have wanted to do for like my whole life, but sadly, I couldn't make a cake if I tried! :) (Report)Reply

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  • (3/5/2019 12:34:00 PM)

    THIS POEM IS AWSOME! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 1 (Report)Reply

    (4/19/2019 11:28:00 AM)

    Off my big boi

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  • (2/16/2019 9:33:00 AM)

    I am a good boy (Report)Reply

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  • (2/13/2019 6:20:00 AM)

    F THIS i love choco cake (Report)Reply

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  • Bri Edwards (1/26/2019 11:27:00 AM)


    2 -

    i read bio a little past your starting of freelance work. My mate says 'all great (classical) musicians are Russian Jews'. are you a musician also? ? maybe you should try it?

    לרשימת השירים שלי!



    p.s. you seem to be still alive. remain so for a while longer, please.

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  • Bri Edwards (1/26/2019 11:25:00 AM)

    1 -

    do i spy chocolate on your chin! ? ?

    my PH friend Savita Tyagi sent news of this poem to me. it is FANATICASTIC, ....as you already know. Savita thought i might be able to make it even funnier/more funny (take your pick) , but i'm not betting on it and i'm not going to try! it is....; well, you KNOW!

    so i guess your mom had to make yellow cake after that. no more chocolate (OR monkeys..jumping on the bed) .


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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