Simple chocolate cake
- October 2009
- Serves 10
- Takes 20 minutes to make, 20-25 minutes to cook, plus cooling
This is a really easy chocolate cake recipe. Once you’ve made the cake itself, you can dress it up any way you fancy – for example, you could fill it with whipped cream and jam instead of chocolate icing. Or, after icing or buttercreaming, why not decorate with colourful sweets or chocolate buttons for a birthday cake?
Then when you’re feeling confident with your baking, take it up a level, with our triple chocolate layer cake.
- 51g (31g saturated)
- 66.2g (55g sugar)
- 225g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
- 225g caster sugar
- 4 large free-range eggs
- 100g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- A little milk
For the icing
- 250g dark chocolate
- 250g butter, softened
- 175g icing sugar
- 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.
- 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.
- Add a little milk until you have a dropping consistency, then divide between the tins.
- 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.
- 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.
- Spread some icing over 1 of the cakes, top with the other cake and the rest of the icing.
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