Chocolate cake

Made for sharing…

Easy to make a delicious treat anytime of the day

Prep time: 25 min

Cook time:40min

Serves: 6-8

For the cake:

125g dark chocolate

3tbsp milk

150g butter, at room temperature

150g caster sugar

3 eggs

200g plain flour

1tbsp good quality cocoa powder

1tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

cocoa powder or icing sugar, for dusting (optional)

For the chocolate butter icing:

75g butter, at room temperature

1tbsp cream

1tsp vanilla extract

175g icing sugar

1tbsp good quality cocoa powder


1) Preheat the oven to 180c.  Butter and flour the sides of two 20cm sandwich tins and line the bases with greaseproof paper.

2) For the cake: place the chocolate on the milk inn a bowl sitting over a saucepan of gently simmering water and heat until the chocolate has melted. (Make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the surface of the water.)  Set aside to cool slightly.

3) Beat the butter until very soft then add the caster sugar and continue to beat until the mixture is pale and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then fold in the melted chocolate.

4) Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and the bicarbonate of soda, and fold in gently to mix. Divide the mixture between the two tins an bake in the oven for 25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle of each cake comes out clean.

5) Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to sit for five minutes before turning them out of their tins and replacing them on a wire rack to cool. Slice each cake in half to make four layers.

6) For the chocolate butter icing: beat the butter, cream and the vanilla extract until very soft.  Then gradually sift in the icing sugar and the cocoa powder, beating all the time, until it is all added. Continue to beat until very soft, then whisk the mixture until it is light and fluffy.

7) Once the cakes are cool, sandwich them together with the chocolate butter icing. Place the cake on a plate or a cake stand and either dust with cocoa powder, or make double quantities of the chocolate butter icing and spread over the cake.

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