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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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 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 eggs



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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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13th Jun, 2012
I'm making this cake for my friends wedding - did trial run and both fruitcake and lemon cake turned out great. I had the same with problems with the chocolate cake tho it came out crusty on top and around the side and sunk in the middle. I checked with some cooking experts (my Mum and Aunt!) and they both said that it's probably because I didn't cover the outside of the tin with paper this stops the sides cooking too quickly. I did everything else right and didn't open the oven door for over 2 hours so hopefully this is where I went wrong!! Fingers crossed it works ok - wedding is in July it does taste lovely tho!!
5th Jun, 2012
I would like to use this recipe for a 10inch, 8inch and 6 inch wedding cake could you recommend quantities and oven temperatures aqnd timimgs. This would really be appreciated.
5th Jun, 2012
I have some superb chocolate cake recipes but chose to make this as one of three cakes, I made this, the lemon and a vanilla with jam and buttercream instead of the fruit tier. This was superb, rich and sumptuous and stayed moist - really an absolutely brilliant cake. Will definitely make again any time a really good choccie cake is needed
31st May, 2012
Just tried this recipe and it did not work for me at all I followed everything exactly but its way to sweet it exploded as there was way to much mixture and is dry and in some places crusty except the middle which took forever to cook i'm afraid I wont be using this recipe again.
25th May, 2012
Val, Becsy ans Amelia, did any of you use large eggs? The recipe is not clear on which size of egg to use. Maybe this could be the reason for the recipe working for some and not for others?
23rd May, 2012
After finding this recipe which sounded ideal,I read the comments and thought it perfect for my sons wedding cake. I usually am very successful with my baking. I followed the recipe to the letter with the best produce as directed and the how to instruction. On looking through my cooker window was pleased with the look. After the recommended time I brought out the cake and was so disappointed with the result. It was still wet inside and crusty to say the least on the top. I cannot put how dissapointed I am. Can you tell me why
22nd May, 2012
Can somebody tell me why my cake sunk in the middle? Did everything as recipe inserted skewer which came out clean top was crispy like brownie top looked at it 10 mins later & it had sunk! Really want to do this for my wedding in 3 wks am going to try again wondered if anyone has got any suggestions?
20th May, 2012
We have tried this as the full amount of ingredients twice and it tends to sink a little in the middle, is this right?
19th May, 2012
Could someone please tell me which sized eggs they have used for this recipe?
21st Apr, 2012
To continue.... the cakes are quite deep so I think you should slice into three. I covered mine in butter icing so can't help with your icing query sorry.


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