Thursday, 8 March 2012

All-in-one chocolate cake

I made this chocolate cake for the first time yesterday for a birthday cake, using a recipe from Olive Magazine. I have quite a collection of chocolate cake recipes now, but I would definitely use this one again. It was lovely and light and quick to make.
Unfortunately I have no meal to post this evening. I bought the ingredients to make the £5 meal from tesco, which was sausages in spaghetti sauce. It was ok, but I wouldn't make it again, so I didn't think it was worth sharing on here today. 

175g self raising flour sifted
175g butter, completely softened
3 tbsp 70% cocoa powder (I used green and blacks, which I'm sure wasn't 70%, that was fine)
175g caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
1-2 tbsp milk
300ml double cream

Ganache Icing
100g butter cubed
100g dark chocolate chopped plus extra to decorate

Heat the oven to 180C. Butter and base-line 2 x 18cm sandwich tins. Take 3 tbsp flour from the full flour amount and put it back in the bag - the cocoa powder will make up the difference.
Put all the cake ingredients (not the double cream) in a large bowl and beat them together with an electric whisk until you have a creamy mixture. Add a little milk if the mixture is too stiff - it should fall off a spoon easily. Divide the mixture between the two tins and level the surfaces. Bake on the same shelf in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the sponge springs back when pressed.
Cool for 5 minutes and then turn out onto wire racks, peel of the base paper and cool completely.
To make the icing, melt the butter and chocolate together in a microwave, or a bowl over simmering water. Stir well and then leave until it's cool enough to spread easily and will run a little (I left mine a bit too long so it did not run, I also added icing sugar to sweeten the chocolate, as I had used very dark chocolate)
Whip the cream and use it to sandwich together the cakes. Spread the top with the chocolate ganache. Decorate with grated chocolate.


  1. Just looking for inspiration and came across this fab cake! It's Lee's birthday tomorrow so guess what I'll be doing before he gets home from work! Hopefully it will look as good as yours???? God loves a trier!

  2. It will be a piece of cake for you Jane. Let me know how it turns out. x