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Easy chocolate cake

By chizylass (GoodFood Community)
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • 30 minutes
  • Easy
  • Serves 1
Perfect for birthdays, this is a great recipe for an easy, foolproof chocolate cake. It's moist and fudgy and will keep well for 4-5 days.
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Ingredients

For the cake

  • 225g/8oz plain flour
  • 350g/12½oz caster sugar
  • 85g/3oz cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 250ml/9fl oz milk
  • 125ml/4½fl oz vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250ml/9fl oz boiling water

For the chocolate icing

  • 200g/7oz plain chocolate
  • 200ml/7fl oz double cream

For the chocolate icing

  • 200g/7oz plain chocolate
  • 200ml/7fl oz double cream

Method

  • STEP 1
    Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and line two 20cm/8in sandwich tins
  • STEP 2
    For the cake, place all of the cake ingredients, except the boiling water, into a large mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon, or electric whisk, beat the mixture until smooth and well combined.
  • STEP 3
    Add the boiling water to the mixture, a little at a time, until smooth. (The cake mixture will now be very liquid.)
  • STEP 4
    Divide the cake batter between the sandwich tins and bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes, or until the top is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  • STEP 5
    Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool completely, still in their tins, before icing.
  • STEP 6
    For the chocolate icing, heat the chocolate and cream in a saucepan over a low heat until the chocolate melts. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk the mixture until smooth, glossy and thickened. Set aside to cool for 1-2 hours, or until thick enough to spread over the cake.
  • STEP 7
    To assemble the cake, run a round-bladed knife around the inside of the cake tins to loosen the cakes. Carefully remove the cakes from the tins.
  • STEP 8
    Spread a little chocolate icing over the top of one of the chocolate cakes, then carefully top with the other cake.
  • STEP 9
    Transfer the cake to a serving plate and ice the cake all over with the chocolate icing, using a palette knife.
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