Chocolate birthday cake

Chocolate birthday cake

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(85 ratings)

By

Magazine subscription – 3 issues for £3

Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 12

We used colourful candles rather than artificial sweets to brighten up this tasty birthday cake

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Un-iced
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
432
protein
6g
carbs
65g
fat
18g
saturates
10g
fibre
3g
sugar
51g
salt
0.41g

Ingredients

  • 140g butter, plus extra for the tin
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 225g self-raising wholemeal flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 250g natural yogurt

To decorate

  • 300g golden icing sugar, sieved
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder, sieved
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 3-4 tbsp boiling water
  • 50g each white, plain and milk chocolate, broken into squares

Buy Ingredients

Buy the ingredients for this recipe now via:

Want to know how this works? Read all about it here.

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line the base of a 18 x 28cm cake tin or tray. Put the butter and sugar into a bowl; beat together with electric hand beaters until light and fluffy. add the eggs a little at a time, beating well between each addition.
  2. Sieve the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda into the bowl, then tip in any bran left in the sieve. Pour in the natural yogurt. Stir everything to a smooth mixture and spoon into the prepared tin. Bake for 20-25 mins until just firm and shrinking away from the sides of the tin. Cool in the tin for 5 mins, then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. For the icing, sieve the icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl, then pour in the butter and 2 tbsp just-boiled water. Stir together to a smooth, spreadable consistency. if it’s too stiff, very carefully add a little more boiling water, drop by drop.
  4. Spread the icing over the top of the cake, using a palette knife dipped in hot water. Will keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
  5. Melt the chocolates in three different bowls in the microwave on High for 1 min or over a pan of simmering water. Spoon the melted chocolates into three plastic disposable piping bags. Snip the ends off and pipe 12 simple shapes on top of the cake. Leave to set. Just before serving, cut the cake into 12 squares and push in the candles.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2007

Ads by Google

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.

Comments

Show comments
batsheba's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Simply delicious!

kaintai's picture

I made this cake but didn't turn out that great I used a cocoa powder substitute. Does anyone know where I can get a good cocoa powder from I have looked every where from asda, tesco to co-op :( please help

peanutsmum's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

I made this for my husband's birthday and it was lovely.

I used two 9 inch round tins as I haven't got a square one. I could only find drinking chocolate in the cupboard so I grated some extra chocolate in to the mixture and also used self raising flour rather than wholemeal flour.

I made the topping and used some of it to sandwich the two cakes together. My little boy and I then finished it off with grated chocolate and sprinkles.

It looked great and tasted delicious.

Everyone commented on how light and moist it was.
Will definitely make it again.

fbrowning's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

A bit sharp for my liking, but it did age well.

lauraj2901's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Made this a fair few times now for various occasions. Everyone loves it and comments on how lovely and moist it is! It is also so easy to make!

lisadoll80's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Made this cake yesterday for my sons birthday. Bought everything except piping bags, but was good enough with icing pens and sprinkles.

profilea2's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

The only chocolate cake my daughter will eat! Beautifully moist and easy to make.

dandgcook's picture

Have made this for birthdays and just as a treat, totally yummy, and given that it has some healthy ingrediants, you don't feel quite as guilty! So easy to make, and looks great just with choc sprinkles on it, or decorated in a way that is appropriate to the occasion, so not just a kids cake! Very versatile.

redroof's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Made this last weekend for my brother (35 but still loves a b'day cake), it turned out pretty well but didn't quite rise properly - not sure if this was because I didn't leave it in long enough or if like someone else suggested maybe there should have been more bicarb of soda in it - but it tasted good, if not a bit stodgy. Instead of the squares I made the cake in 2 rounds to make it more 'adult'; I also added buttercream in between and then iced it with dark chocolate to make it extra indulgent.

prills91's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Best chocolate cake recipe ever, highly recommend it.
Used it for several birthdays and everyone wants the recipe.
I'm not a lover of cake in general but this cake is moist and delicious but not too sweet you can't have more. Have only made it with normal self raising flour and always top it with melted Cadburys chocolate.

jogood's picture

If you make twice as much and use a 33cm x 30cm tin, anyone any ideas how long it would need to bake for?

bakewithlove's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Gorgeous light and moist cake and really easy to make. I used white flour (half of which was plain as I didn't have enough self raising) and added a spoon of golden syrup which helps to retain moisture.

xocupcakexo's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

i made this recipe a couple of days ago for some friends and it turned out EXTREMELY rich but it was still nice and tasty xx

brownsauce87's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

fantastic cake, have made it for all my friends at university and get compliments each time!

i have 8 flatmates and made one for them last week (we had just finished loads of work) and it was demolished in an hour.

has become a firm favourite with me!

kerryfrancis's picture

My daughters birthday is this Saturday and I would love to make her cake myself although I haven't got a good track record with baking. I have a round cake tin that is 26cm, do I need to adjust the ingredients for this. Any help would be appreciated.

jamespursey's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

We had a household of kids for my son's birthday - and they all adored this cake. It would perhaps appeal less to adults and bigger children maybe, but it's absolutely perfect for smaller kids.

frilicakesdbmc's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

I ROCK!!!!!!!! WOOHOO!!! OH yeah, its ma birfday, oh yeah, its my birfday, its ma birfday! WOOHOO EVERYONE! WOOHOO!!!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

frilicakesdbmc's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Oops it was supposed to be EAT FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hi, this is Fraya and I rock :)

frilicakesdbmc's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Made this cake with my daughter Fraya and we both, strangely enough, agreed it was scrumptious! Would recommend this to anyone! Easy, fast, tastes great, there is simply no better cake! EVERYONE, EAT OR YOUR LIVES! I'm sorry, I do not know how to backspace and my daughter will not tell me. I'm sad. But the cake is cheering me up awfully well!

preethi17's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Made this for my husbands Bday and it turned out really good. First time ever i baked a cake.

Pages

Questions

Tips