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Chocolate Cake

By vinylskin (GoodFood Community)
  • Rating: 1 out of 5.1 rating
  • Preparation and cooking time
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  • Easy
  • Serves 12
An easy and delicious chocolate cake recipe with decadent butter icing. I've yet to come across someone who doesn't love it!


  • 390ml sugar
  • 125g butter
  • 5 tbsp sifted cocoa
  • 4 extra-large eggs
  • 190ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 6 tbsp boiling water
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 500g sifted icing sugar
  • 125g butter (room temperature)
  • extra milk or cream
  • 4 tbsp sifted cocoa
  • 2 tsp strong coffee, dissolved in about 1tbsp of boiling water


  • STEP 1
    Preheat oven to 180 Celsius. Then beat butter, sugar and cocoa together well.
  • STEP 2
    In a separate bowl, beat yolk of eggs and mix with milk and vanilla. Then add this egg mixture to creamed butter and beat very well.
  • STEP 3
    Gradually add sifted flour alternatively with water. Then fold in stiffly beaten egg whites and baking powder.
  • STEP 4
    Pour mixture into two prepared (20cm) round cake tins and bake for half an hour.
  • STEP 5
    To make icing, mix the icing sugar, butter and cocoa together and then add just enough of the coffee and milk/cream to get a smooth texture that is not too wet or runny.
  • STEP 6
    When cake turned out on cooling racks and cool - ice the centre and then top and sides with the butter icing. You can crumble a flake chocolate over the top. Or if you're feeling adventurous - before you ice the cake cover it in a layer of caramel (the one that comes in the tin).
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