Wedding cake - rich dark chocolate cake

Wedding cake - rich dark chocolate cake

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 30 mins Plus cooling


Serves 50
This recipe makes the bottom layer of our three tier wedding cake or a simple delicious chocolate cake, perfect with a touch of cream

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal274
  • fat16g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars20g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.23g
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  • 650g unsalted butter
  • 650g plain chocolate (70% cocoa)
  • 100ml very strong coffee- espresso is ideal
  • 3 tsp vanilla essence



    The sun-dried seed pod of a type of climbing orchid, vanilla has an inimitable soft, sweet…

  • 650g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 950g light soft brown sugar
  • 10 egg



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  • 2 x 284ml/9½ fl oz soured cream


  1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Butter, double-line and wrap the sides of the 30cm deep-round cake tin as before. Put the butter and chocolate into a medium saucepan, then stir over a low heat until melted and smooth. Stir in the coffee and vanilla.

  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into the biggest bowl you have. Add the sugar, breaking down any lumps with your fingertips if necessary. Beat the eggs and soured cream together in a jug or bowl and pour into the flour mix. Pour in the melted chocolate mix as well, then stir with a wooden spoon until you have a thick, even chocolaty batter.

  3. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 2½ hrs – don’t open the oven door before 2 hrs is up, as this will cause the cake to sink. Once cooked, leave in the tin to cool completely. The unfilled cake will keep for up to four days, wrapped as before, or frozen for a month.

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Comments (347)

collinel's picture

Absolutely fabulous cake. I have made this for special occasions and use it again and again. The entire wedding cake is in my opinion superb. The Lemon Cake also 'works' and it is always concerning when cooking for larger numbers of people.

I made the summer wedding buffet for my daughters 21st celebrations and we had a wonderful day and it certainly took the stress out of catering for a larger number by having the recipes and shopping list ready prepared

ebony143's picture

Hi Webby, I can only suggest that your oven may not be hot enough, or the cake is too low? When I baked the 10" cake, I reduced the ingredients by working out the % difference in volume and it took a little less time, when baked at the same temp. So if the recipe was followed as you said, then it should've taken 2.5 hrs. Turn up your oven and raise the cake maybe? However, if the cake was good, then the time it took to bake doesn't really matter!! Hope this helps.

speedywebb's picture

Can anyone tell me why mine takes so long to cook?

ebony143's picture

I used this recipe for a Christening, generously serving 120 with 10" and 12" square cakes. It was absolutely fantastic - I can't rate it highly enough. Flavourful and rich - but not too sweet, with a lovely dark, firm texture, making stacking easy, this cake cuts in layers beautifully. Made 4 days ahead, it was still as moist as it was on the 1st. I also froze an iced trial run cake, defrosted it in my fridge for a day and then at room temperature for a day and it was as scrumptious as the day I baked it. The only modification I made was to use Creme Fraiche instead of Soured Cream. (It's worth noting that this recipe is expensive which should be considered when pricing for clients.)

speedywebb's picture

I have made this cake for 2 weddings but mine always takes for ever to cook - at least 3.5 hours. I make it exectly as the recipe states - what am I doing wrong. I am confused why the soured cream is listed as 2 x 284ml soured cream , why not 568mls? Am I reading this wrong???

Comfydemo's picture

Possibly because the tubs you buy it in are 284mls. Its correct amount as ive used this recipe a few times and worked perfectly.

huevita's picture

I halved the recipe and used a 20x30cm tray bake tin, I only put 200ml of creme fraiche in because I didnt have enough in the fridge. I cooked the cake at 150ºc for about 1hour, the result -very moist, very chocolatety and extremely easy to cut.
I have been searching for a good chocolate cake for a long time, I have tried many recipes, however this recipe tasted like a shop bought cake which disapointed me slightly. It is a very rich cake. My quest continues.........

shazomatic's picture

Made this chocolate cake for my daughters birthday cake (big 13th Birthday party) and it was superb. Would not hesitate to make it again. Deliciously rich and moist without being cloying. You could easily get 70-80 portions out of it, unless you like huge slabs!

hellsheaven's picture

This cake is wonderful - I am going to make it for a friend's wedding cake and so did a practise run at the weekend. I changed the expresso coffee for Cointreau which worked really well. Can anyone suggest ways to cut the cake in half when it is as large as a 12inch as I am worried my knife won't be big enough?

s_wes001's picture

the choc buttercream is on here....under how to make a wedding cake
but it is as follows
500g butter
1kg icing sugar
142ml double cream
200g 70% solid choc

bring cream just to boil , pour over cream leave 2 min stir til smooth then fold into the butter cream made using the butter and icing sugar.....if not a plain ganache icing is lovely porb best doing an internet search for amounts thou

siamese01cat's picture

PLEASE could someone provide a recipe for chocolate buttercream filling and topping for this cake (or another suitable chocolate filling and topping). I can't find the recipe listed here for the filling for this cake - only the lemon curd one!! Many thanks.

hogmanay05's picture

I made this as a 3 tier for my wedding in September. I replaced the coffee with fresh squeezed orange juice and grated in orange rind from a couple of oranges. It was really, really tasty and I've even made it for a couple of birthday cakes too.

I would recommend it to anyone as I had no experience of baking cakes before and now I am hooked!!

kdearlove's picture

This cake is just perfect, I've made so many trial wedding cakes now and this one comes out the best. So moist yet firm enough to ice and stack and not crumble all over your guest outfits.

I'm definitely using this recipe for my wedding cake now.

One question, I've frozen the latest one I've made to see how fresh it stays. I don't want to be defrosting then icing the cake the day before my wedding but afraid it will go stale quicker than a fresh one! Can anyone advise?

jacaranda's picture

I originally made the whole 3-tier cake for my niece's wedding 2 years ago. Everyone thought it was great. I have now done a trial chocolate tier for my son's wedding, but can't seem to get the texture right. If I cook it until a skewer comes out clean the cake is heavy and dry. Any suggestions would be welcome.

maisam's picture

I am making this cake in three tiers, 6", (15cm) 9" (23cm) and 12" (30cm) for my son's wedding.
I've read all the comments and it seems that whatever the size it takes 2 1/2 hours to bake. Is this correct please?

saintbury's picture

Am about to trial this as I hope to use it for a christening cake and have not left much time for mishaps! Can anyone please tell me whether I should use medium or large eggs?

lm4999's picture

Anyone have this recipe in cups etc...i'm not good at converting!!!

hettybl's picture

Hi, can anyone tell me what size eggs to use for this recipe, please? Also, when is the cake cooked? Is it when a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean, or is it more like a chocolate brownie where a few crumbs of mix should adhere to the skewer and the centre of the cake still have a slight wobble? I baked this at the weekend for someone else and I used large eggs and cooked until the skewer clean. I think the eggs should have been medium and not cooked until the skewer clean. Any help would be greatly appreciated. It still tasted great, though, just not happy with the texture. Thank you.

jendeb's picture

Hi - Isnt this the loveliest receipe!!! Has anybody got the quanties and cooking times they used for different size tins? I am looking for all sizes :)

greencake's picture

Can someone help change the grams to cups please.


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