I don’t often make chocolate cake, and I’m not really sure why. Because really, a chocolate cake is a wonderful thing – a rich, moist, chocolatey cake that can go from morning tea through lunch and on to afternoon tea, and end up as a dessert at dinner time!
A former work colleague gave me this recipe a while back – thank you Pauline – and I’ve been waiting for a suitable time to make it.
Well that time came today. A friend was having a birthday and I wanted to bake a cake for her. We’re in lockdown in Sydney, and sometimes we need a bit of cheering up. So I made this cake for Margaret.
And just to see what the cake was like, I made a little sample cake just for me!
It’s so easy! Another one bowl, all in one mix. The cake is rich, dark and moist. Smother the cake with lots of beautiful chocolate buttercream, and voila! A lovely looking and tasting cake!
200g self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
3 free-range eggs
125g very soft butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
250 ml milk
100g very soft butter
200g icing sugar
1 tablespoon boiling water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Butter a 20cm 9 inch round cake tin or a 20cm 9 inch square tin. Line the base of the tin with baking paper.
Put all the cake ingredients into the bowl of an electric mixer. On low speed, beat all the ingredients until combined.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, smoothing the mixture into the tin.
Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes. To check for doneness, insert a skewer into the cake and if it comes out clean, the cake is cooked.
Cool in the tin for 15 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the chocolate buttercream, cream the soft butter, icing sugar, cocoa and boiling water until the buttercream is soft and easy to spread on the cake. You can do this by hand or you can use an electric mixer.
Once cool, generously spread the chocolate buttercream over the top and sides of the cake.
You can decorate with anything you like – I used silver almonds, rose petal sweets and fresh flowers.
Serve on its own or with a dollop of cream as a dessert!