Simple chocolate cake recipe

By Lizzie Kamenetzky

  1. Serves 10
  2. Takes 20 minutes to make, 20-25 minutes to cook, plus cooling
  3. Rating

An easy foolproof chocolate cake recipe. You could also fill it with whipped cream and jam instead of chocolate icing.

tried and tested
Simple chocolate cake


  1. 225g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  2. 225g caster sugar
  3. 4 large free-range eggs
  4. 100g self-raising flour
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
  6. 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  7. A little milk

For the icing

  1. 250g dark chocolate
  2. 250g butter, softened
  3. 175g icing sugar


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. Grease 2 x 20cm sandwich tins with a little butter and base line with baking paper. In a bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with an electric hand whisk until light and fluffy.
  2. 2. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Sift in the flour, baking powder and cocoa, then lightly fold into the mixture.
  3. Add a little milk until you have a dropping consistency, then divide between the tins.
  4. 3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. 4. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, then cool slightly. In a bowl, beat the butter and icing sugar together with an electric hand whisk until light and fluffy, then fold in the melted chocolate.
  6. 5. Spread some icing over 1 of the cakes, top with the other cake and the rest of the icing.

Nutritional info

Per serving: 728kcals, 51g fat (31g saturated), 6.5g protein, 66.2g carbs, 55g sugar, 0.8g salt


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September 20

This chocolate cake is the BEST!!!! Proportions seem a little off but follow it to the letter and you simply can't go wrong (this from one who usually does when it comes to chocolate cake. Thanks for posting recipe. :)


September 20


August 13

I agree with the negative comments below. I also wish I had read them first. The mixture looked wrong and when I thought about it realised that I too think it didn't have enough flour. Cakes usually have the same flour to sugar to butter ratio. Disaster, puts me off baking!!!!


April 20

I registered on this site simply to leave my comments about this recipe as I was so surprised by the number of negative comments from others. I wanted to bake just a small round cake for two people so I took just one-quarter of each of the ingredients, and it was absolutely delicious! The texture was soft and spongy and not greasy at all. I did use a bit more flour but only because I was in a hurry and weighed it out too quickly - I figure I used 75g of flour rather than 60g. I will definitely be making this cake again and sharing it with friends. I didn't use the filling and topping as I wanted to make a separate chocolate icing recipe I like. But the cake itself gets a big thumbs up from me and my partner!

bakey cakey

December 2

O my gosh this cake was sooooooooo gorge!!!!!!!!


September 8

THis is the most disgusting cake I've ever eaten. Too much butter, not enough flour. Cake sinks the moment you take it out of the oven and is greasy to touch. I've made many cakes before, it's not hard but this is wrong on every level. Get this awful recipe off the internet!!


July 2

This is the first cake I've ever made and it came out perfect and tasted delicious! I was a bit worried whilst making it that the filling and topping was too runny, so I put the mixture in the fridge to harden a bit before spreading it on the cake. Will definitely be making this again!!


April 9

Wow, I made this cake on Sunday. I used the exact ingredients and cooked it for 25 minutes and it came out perfectly. Was a bit worried with the lack of flour it said to use, but it was great!!!!


November 19

This cake needs to be cooked for at least 35 mins to be cooked through properly and I use 200g of sugar instead of 225g


October 22

Oh dear, wish I'd read the comments too. Not at all happy. I've wasted a lot of time and butter on this disaster. Please remove this recipe ASAP


October 7

I am really annoyed at this cake, i was making it in a rush and its gross. I have no idea what the hell i am going to do, it used up all my ingredients. ruined a birthday. nice one.


October 6

i have just made this cake i put a 150g of flour so how it comes out


September 7

I made this cake and used just under 200g of butter followed the rest of the recipe. Everybody loved it will be making it again.


August 21

Wish I had read the reviews before making this. Was in a rush to find a recipe and this was the first one I found. What a waste of time.....absolutely disgusting, far too much butter, tasted horrible and didn't cook properly! Threw it in the bin and made cupcakes instead! Pretty annoyed that this is even here for people to waste their time and money on making!


October 15

silly that i've not read the previous comments; eyes, there is too much butter, not enough flour, therefore a very oily cake. not happy.


July 28

i made this cake and i also found there was to much butter at not enough flour it didnt turn out very well :/


July 28


November 2

I gave this a go and found it had way to much butter which made it very oily. I will not be trying this again as it was not very nice.

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