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

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  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

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  • 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 (346)

timandden's picture

Hi. I'm going to make these for my wedding, using a bottom friut layer, middle lemon, and top chocolate, but I am a bit nervous about slicing the lemom and choc cakes into three layers in case they crumble especially the lemon one which is dreanched in syrup. Do you think I should slice into only two layers, with one layer of filling? Also, is it difficult to cover the buttercream with ready-rolled icing? It sounds fiddly to me, and will the pale icing cover the chocolate cake adequately? Help!

nellie56's picture

I had already made the fruit cake..lovely So thought try this chocolate cake made 6inch round (used 1/4 recipe) added Baileys liquer to it It has been in the freezer for 3 weeks (never frozen cake before so trial run) got it out for Easter cake ,filled with Chocolate swiss meringue butter icing and dusted the top with icing sugar. Wow

Lemon one next !

kpmh1310's picture

Just baked this today for Easter as a practice for my nephew's wedding. I halved all the ingredients and used a 23cm tin which is 3 inches deep. I didn't put coffee in as 100ml - I just added two tsp of granules to choc and butter mixture. I double lined the tin with 4 inch deep paper and baked at 140c fan for 2hrs 10mins. The sponge rose to approx 3.5 inches deep. The top is crispy but the rest looks really moist yet firm and cuts easily without crumbling.

nicmcd1968's picture

Just made this for a friends 40th birthday, put chocolate cigarellos around it and covered it in fresh strawberries.... it was a hit! Will definitley use this recipe again.

celesteholland's picture

I've made this reciape 3 times and each time it has sunk right down in the middle, one time actually boiled over. I'm desperate to make this gluten free cake for my son's wedding as it seems to cut so nicely and the flavour is fantastic.

cazz19779's picture

I'm going to be trying out these recipes before I use them for wedding cakes i'm going to be making. Are the recipes for 3inch deep cake tins because I've read on a previous comment that they are deep cakes. Can someone reply and let me know as I don't want to have to replace my tins to 4inch deep ones as all of my are 3inch deep.

garethsian's picture

I made this cake for my daughters 25th birthday last weekend and it turned out wonderful. It is really moist considering it is a dense mixture. I halved all the ingredients and was a bit concerned it wouldnt work but it did, it was perfect. I am making it again next weekend for my brother-in-laws 60th birhtday.
Cant recommend it enough. Defininately a 5 star cake.

charlie2910's picture

I made this cake in July for my nephew's wedding. I did the base cake in madeira and three others in the chocolate. They wanted square cakes, so I had to adjust a little. The chocolate cake was superb, rich and moist and easy to cut. It kept really well too. I would definately make this again.

habown's picture

I have used this recipe for numerous cakes now, including 3 (4 tiered) wedding cakes. It is a very easy recipe and if the instructions are followed for covering and filling there should be no problems. Feedback has always been very positive 'best chocolate cake ever tasted', etc. Will no doubt be using it again in the near future.
Tip: If you haven't got a long enough knife to cut it into layers, use dental floss. You will need to tie ends to dowelling to stop it hurting your fingers but it cuts through the cake well.

suspinks's picture

I made this cake recently for an 80th birthday cake it was really lovely very chocolatly indeed a recipe I would use again ans again.. I used a third of the recipe and it made a 3 inch deep 8 inch cake lovely ..

suspinks's picture

I made this cake recently for an 80th birthday cake it was really lovely very chocolatly indeed a recipe I would use again ans again.. I used a third of the recipe and it made a 3 inch deep 8 inch cake lovely ..

suspinks's picture

I made this cake recently for an 80th birthday cake it was really lovely very chocolatly indeed a recipe I would use again ans again.. I used a third of the recipe and it made a 3 inch deep 8 inch cake lovely ..

jennyhw's picture

Sorry I forgot to rate it.

jennyhw's picture

I made this for my husbands 50th birthday. I used an 11inch square tin and half of the recipe. I didnt use coffee but added 50ml cointreau instead. I also reduced the sugar to 400g. It took 1hr 40 mins in my fan oven and was really really yummy. Everyone loved it!! Will def make again.

janepenry's picture

Would love to make this rich chocolate cake for my daughters wedding. Where is the filling recipe? Can anyone help. Also is the sugar paste icing put straight on top of the cake or would I need to put a thin layer of marzipan still?? Any help really appreciated.

sammi1607's picture

Not impressed. Didn't open the door, but cake had sunk a treat. Maybe it was me - I don't know. But I won't be making again!

ollyeyes's picture

Hello mary,did you have any luck with gills gems sharing her converion chart with you as i am in need of one also.I am not blessed with a good brain to even try and work out the sizes feel really silly.
Thank you Anne.

alferbys's picture

Have made this cake twice and both times it sank once it went cold.... made sure that the oven wasnt opened until at least two hours into the cooking time left for longer than the 2 1/2 hours but still sank in middle.... any advice please

anniettg1972's picture

Please can anyone give me the convertion for a 28cm round tin and how long to cook it for Thankyou


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