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 Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Chocolate Cake Recipe. Click picture to enlarge.
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!

This recipe is over two pages, first how to cook the chocolate sponge then how to fill it and how to ice the cake.

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 Preparation Time:  10 minutes  Cooking Time:  35 minutes
 How Difficult  Medium  Freeze?   No
 Servings

1 Cake, 8 Slices

INGREDIENTS
The basic ingredients for the chocolate sponge are shown below.

Chocolate Cake Recipe ingredients. Click picture to enlarge. .

Ingredients
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

WHAT SPECIAL KITCHEN EQUIPMENT FOR CHOCOLATE CAKE

You will need the following for the chocolate sponge:
1 large bowl to mix the ingredients
1 sieve
2 18cm (7 inch) cake tins approximately 4 cm (11/2 inch deep)
Small amount of greaseproof paper

You will need the following for the fudge icing:
Medium bowl to mix ingredients

CLICK ANY PICTURE BELOW TO ENLARGE IT

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 170C / 325F / 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.

Flower and Cocoa powder in a bowl. 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.


 
Making the chocolate mixture. 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.

Chocolate sponge for the base and top.
One of the cooked sponges

Put half the mixture in each of the baking tray, smooth the surface over so that it is relatively flat. Place the baking trays in the centre of the pre-heated 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.


  
Leave the cooked sponge to rest. 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!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO PAGE ON HOW TO ICE YOUR
CHOCOLATE CAKE

178 RATINGS GIVEN - AVERAGE 4.5 star rating
 
16 July 2011 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 2011 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 2011 From: Aliyah
I really like this recipe :D

14 August 2011 From: Pauline M
What a wicked chocolate cake !! Beautiful texture, fabulous taste,
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 2011 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 2011 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 2011 From: Pam
HAD FRIENDS COMING FROM AMERICA WHO WANTED A HOME MADE CHOCOLATE CAKE, THIS WAS PERFECT. THANKS FROM PAM

1 October 2011 From: Not Given
Fantastic!

10 October 2011 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 2011 From: Jenny
Cakes came out perfectly, brilliant recipe, thanks xx

22 October 2011 From: Not Given
Amazing!

5 November 2011 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 2011 From: BOB
This is the BEST chocolate cake recipe ever and soooooooo simple!

3 December 2011 From: Tommaso
I love this! It is great!

5 star rating 12 December 2011 From: Not Given
Simply heavenly.

5 star rating 11 January 2012 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.

5 star rating 6 February 2012 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!

5 star rating 1 March 2012 From: Sunita
Delicious.

4 star rating 12 March 2012 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.

5 star rating 21 March 2012 From: Maz
First time I have made a chocolate cake. Really easy recipe but tastes like professional cake.

5 star rating 16 April 2012 From: Not Given
HONESTLY the best i have ever had.

4 star rating 12 May 2012 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 star rating 5 July 2012 From: Leighanne
Beautiful chocolate cake recipe, I've made this several times and it's a birthday favourite.

5 star rating 4 October 2012 From: Not Given
i made this for charity and it was first sold out. this cake is so nice and simple love it

5 star rating 18 October 2012 From: Not Given
Very nice...thanks for the recipe !!

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