Chocolate birthday cake

Chocolate birthday cake

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(92 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 12
We used colourful candles rather than artificial sweets to brighten up this tasty birthday cake

Nutrition and extra info

  • Un-iced

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal432
  • fat18g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs65g
  • sugars51g
  • fibre3g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.41g
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  • 140g butter, plus extra for the tin



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 2 eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 225g self-raising wholemeal flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • ¼ 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-…

  • 250g natural yogurt

To decorate

  • 300g golden icing sugar, sieved
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder, sieved
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 3-4 tbsp boiling water
  • 50g each white, plain and milk chocolate, broken into squares
    Milk chocolate squares

    Milk chocolate

    mill-k chok-lit

    Milk chocolate is classically made from dark chocolate of low cocoa solid content and a higher…


  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.

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18th Oct, 2009
Easy cake to make. I will definatley be making it again.
14th Oct, 2009
I made this cake for my sons birthday. It is fantastic, easy and delicious. I added chunks of chocolate to the cake mixture and white chocolate icing to write on the cake. Coloured candles, sprinkles and Maltesers to decorate made this cake a winner! I have also made the cake with half brown and the rest white self raising flour. Yum Yum
25th Sep, 2009
I made this cake and it was a disaster! It didn't rise much at all and now I've had to make an another cake as its not suitable. Tastes quite nice though.
29th Aug, 2009
This is a fab recipe for inexperienced cake makers like myself, my first thought swere that it was so moist it would last for ages... it didn't because we eat it in one day, it was so good.
14th Aug, 2009
me and my sis mde 4 mah mum b-day as a surprise no1 believe we md it cos we were young i was 11
30th Jul, 2009
i made this cake for my daughter in laws birthday , it was very yummy!!!
27th Jul, 2009
Lovely cake but i had to cook it for about an hour and 20 minutes not 20 minutes!!! I used a round cake tin maybe thats why - still lovely and moist though!
25th Jul, 2009
I've made this now twice and today thought I'd try and put the mixture in muffin cases rather than a cake tin - it worked brilliantly and comes out less dense than muffins but moister than fairy cakes!
21st Jun, 2009
I made this recipew ithout the yogurt and I added some milk and it worked just as well. I topped it off with solidified melted chocolate and it was delicous. A great recipe.
14th Jun, 2009
Will someone tell me that can I use plain flour instead of whole meal flour?


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