So chocolately, so delicious, so light! This is the best, most sublime chocolate cake you ever imagined. With our step by step pictures and advice, you can be sure that you will soon be eating the food of the Gods!
FOR THE CHOCOLATE SPONGE
170g / 6oz self-raising flour
170g / 6oz soft butter
170g / 6oz light brown sugar (Demerara)
3 medium eggs (at room temperature)
1 heaped tablespoon Cocoa powder
1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
FOR THE CHOCOLATE ICING AND FILLING
200g / 7oz icing sugar
175g / 6oz soft butter
125g / 4oz dark cooking chocolate
Half teaspoon vanilla extract
Two 18cm / 7in cake tins approximately 4 cm / 1 and a half inches deep
Small amount of greaseproof paper
You will need the following for the fudge icing:
Medium bowl to mix ingredients
The butter for the sponge must be soft. The best way to achieve this is to measure out the butter an hour or so before it is needed and leave it at room temperature. If this is not possible, break up the butter with a fork and beat it for a minute or so.
Turn the oven on, setting it to 170°C / Fan 150°C / 325°F / Gas Mark 3.
Next, grease both of the baking trays with margarine or butter, cut out 2 circles of greaseproof paper and line the base of both baking trays.
This recipe is over two pages, first how to cook the chocolate sponge then how to fill it and how to ice the cake. Click here for the page about how to ice a chocolate cake.
Place the flour in a bowl, take out one heaped tablespoon full of flour and use 1 heaped tablespoon full of the Cocoa powder to replace it. Add the baking powder.
Sieve the mixture into another large bowl.
Mixing flour, cocoa powder and baking powder
Add the butter, sugar and eggs to the flour mixture and mix well using a fork - this should take around 3 minutes. The resulting mixture should fall off the spoon but reluctantly.
If the mixture is too thick, add a little water and mix it in well.
NOTE: If you follow the recipe and use the correct sized cake tins then you will have no problem. However, if you use smaller cake tins then only fill to around two thirds full. If you fill up the cake tins completely the mixture will overflow into your oven as it cooks.
Mixing sponge mixture
Put half the mixture in each of the baking trays, smooth the surface over so that it is relatively flat. Place the baking trays in the centre of the pre-heated (170°C / Fan 150°C / 325°F / Gas Mark 3) oven and cook for 30 minutes. DO NOT open the oven door until the 30 minutes are up!
Test if the sponge is cooked by gently pressing the centre with your finger. If it fully springs back to shape it's cooked. If not put it back in the oven for 5 minutes.
A cooked chocolate sponge
Leave the cakes in the tin for a minute to cool. Turn them out of the tins onto a wire rack. This is to let the air circulate around them as they cool.
Remove the greaseproof paper and admire your cooking skills!
Let the sponges cool
|16 July 2021||From: Zulnaira|
|I think this cake is very nice, I make loads of homemade cake and this is my best. I also made this today because it was my mother's b day. It is just amazing, please make this if u want too!!!!! x|
|18 July 2021||From: Sasha|
|I am in only a year 8 student at thorns community college. We were asked to search for a recipe and use it in are class All I had to do was type in chocolate cake recipe into google and click on the first website and there came everything I needed. There was a picture of the cake, there was the INGREDIENTS I needed and the picture of the INGREDIENTS and the steps of how to make the cake. The recipe was fantastic it worked fantastically well and well it tasted to die for!|
|13 August 2021||From: Aliyah|
|I really like this recipe :D|
|14 August 2021||From: Pauline M|
|What a wicked chocolate cake !! Beautiful texture,
and all my family and friends love it. Never lasts more than a day in our
house. I'm now on a mission making this choc cake regularly for birthdays
etc. Thanks for this great recipe :)
|13 August 2021||From: Tiegan Phillips|
|I thought this was a lovely chocolate cake, but it was
quite expensive to
buy all the ingredients. But this was a lot of fun to make, and my brother
was very happy on his birthday. Thank You :)
|3 September 2021||From: Sarah|
|What a fantastic recipe, my daughter (who is only 11)
used this to
help her do her first cake. It was yummy!
|27 September 2021||From: Pam|
|HAD FRIENDS COMING FROM AMERICA WHO WANTED A HOME MADE CHOCOLATE CAKE, THIS WAS PERFECT. THANKS FROM PAM|
|1 October 2021||From: Not Given|
|10 October 2021||From: Sam|
|This is so far the best home made cake mix I've eaten. I added mix spice to mine, very nice.|
|14 October 2021||From: Jenny|
|Cakes came out perfectly, brilliant recipe, thanks xx|
|22 October 2021||From: Not Given|
|5 November 2021||From: Alicia|
|Amazing! I took it for my year 8 food tech class and I got a high level and it tasted brilliant!!|
|27 November 2021||From: BOB|
|This is the BEST chocolate cake recipe ever and soooooooo simple!|
|3 December 2021||From: Tommaso|
|I love this! It is great!|
|12 December 2021||From: Not Given|
|11 January 2022||From: Not Given|
|Well am glad to be the first this year to comment on this amazing, out of this world, delicious cake. My first chocolate cake I have made from scratch, thank you, thank you, thank you, simply the best, better than all the rest.|
|6 February 2022||From: Not Given|
|Started baking with my little girl, never had a success until I tried this recipe, even with the help of a 2 yr old! Tastes good and is beautifully simple, no fails as yet!|
|1 March 2022||From: Sunita|
|12 March 2022||From: Jane|
|Just made it today and was very pleased, I did take a little bit of butter out and replaced with a little bit of vegetable oil and came out soft and spongy.|
|21 March 2022||From: Maz|
|First time I have made a chocolate cake. Really easy recipe but tastes like professional cake.|
|16 April 2022||From: Not Given|
|HONESTLY the best i have ever had.|
|12 May 2022||From: Ken|
|Good recipe, have made this 3 times now, currently got one the oven, I added a little oil this time to make the sponge that little bit moister.|
|5 July 2022||From: Leighanne|
|Beautiful chocolate cake recipe, I've made this several times and it's a birthday favourite.|
|4 July 2022||From: Not Given|
|i made this for charity and it was first sold out. this cake is so nice and simple love it|
|10 July 2022||From: Not Given|
|Very nice...thanks for the recipe !!|