My Mum’s easy chocolate cake recipe is super simple to prepare. Everything goes in one bowl, then you walk away and make a cup of tea while the electric beaters whip the cake together for you. Finish with a simple chocolate icing and some sprinkles to make it fancy. I have fond memories of eating a slice of this cake as an after-school treat. Heaven forbid I brought some to school. I would be hounded by classmates wanting some too!

You will need: a 20cm (8 in) round cake tin

Mum's Easy Chocolate Cake

Mum's Easy Chocolate Cake
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My Mum’s easy chocolate cake recipe is super simple to prepare. Everything goes in one bowl, then you walk away and make a cup of tea while the electric beaters whip the cake together for you. Finish with a simple chocolate icing and some sprinkles to make it fancy.
Servings: people at least


Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Icing


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 degrees fan-forced; 350F). Grease the base and sides of a 20cm round cake pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Into the bowl of a hand mixer or electric mixer add the caster sugar, instant coffee granules, self-raising flour, cocoa powder and bicarbonate soda.
  3. Turn the beaters on slow speed and add the milk, eggs, softened butter, eggs and vanilla. Turn the speed up to high and beat ingredients together for 3 minutes. Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally.
  4. Pour the cake batter into the greased cake tin. Check the oven has reached the correct temperature. Place cake on the middle rack of the oven and bake for about 45 minutes. The cake is ready when a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean and the dome springs back when lightly pressed.
  5. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Invert the cake onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. While the cake is cooling prepare the icing. In a medium bowl sift 1 cup of icing sugar mixture with 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder. Add the softened butter and trickle in some water. Stir the icing mixture together until all combined. Keep adding small amounts of water to achieve the desired consistency.
  7. Spread the chocolate icing sugar on the cake once it’s cool. Add sprinkles on top to decorate.

Baking Tips

  • The cake will store for up to 3 days in an airtight container at room temperature
  • You can omit the coffee granules if you like


  1. Di Nolan

    Ahh yes…you took me straight back to listening to John Peters on EON-FM, attempting to get the perfect recording of Madonna’s Like a Virgin!  My mum wouldn’t buy me a ruffle skirt so I did what Molly Ringwald would do in Pretty in Pink and made my own.  I wore it the Blue Light Disco with lace gloves and fake pearls and hair fluffed up like a parrot courtesy of gallons of mousse and hairspray!
    They were the good ol’ days!
    Lovely nostalgic cake Cake Mistress.  Nothing beats a classic chocolate cake with icing.  
    Happy new year lovely.
    Di-licious xx

    PS: I have a new home: 
    Hope you’ll stop by for afternoon tea sometime soon!

  2. Jaala White

    This cake was so nice n easy to bake! It turned out perfectly, I had to quickly put it in a container before my boyfriend and I ate it all! Thank you Cake Mistress :)

  3. Rita (mademoiselle delicieuse)

    Happy blog birthday! And hooray to easy cakes =)  As for the dropped sprinkles, think of it as a rainbow on your kitchen floor haha.

  4. Tina @ bitemeshowme

    Happy bloggiversary! Love the look of the cake. So simple and looks good to eat :)

  5. Reezy

    This looks so light and fluffy. YUM! 
    I had to chuckle to myself re: all those 80’s comments. Too funny. Especially frustrated with  ‘time of your life’ when it comes on the radio! 

  6. Julia @ Boredom Abounds

    Oh man, Vanilla Kisses was the WORST of the Impulse sprays. Yuck!

    This cake, however, looks delicious!

  7. Belly Rumbles

    Oh wow you summed it up beautifully!  That gave me a massive giggle.  I also remember dialing the song of the week up on the telephone (with cord) and listening to Madness’s It must be love for about an hour non stop.  I could of sent death threats to DJ’s for talking over songs, what were they thinking, they knew what we were all doing….. oh, yeah okay, I get it now :)

    Choc cake with 100s and 1000s, awesome.

  8. bmk112302

    I made your cake tonight and it was absolutely delicious. We all loved it! What a great recipe to have for when you need a quick cake to throw together. Thanks for sharing! 

  9. betty

    back in my day.. ha! i say that sometimes :)
    cake looks great so simple i love one bowl cakes !

  10. Daisy

    Hahaha I totally agree with you :) Cartoons were better back in our days!!! Gosh i feel old…i’ve met more people born in the 90s and ahhaah i can really feel our difference :P 

    Lovely recipe! Can’t wait to try soon ~ been looking for a easy chocolate cake recipe. 

  11. Megz

    “And for a limited time, Spice Girl.” Thankyou! There’s someone else that remembers this!

  12. Ginger Tabbie

    Oh yes, turning thirty in a few months and having several issues about it. But at least I can be grateful I have a little more wisdom than some of those irritating late Gen-Yers who DO call us Ma’am and panic when you ask them a question that isn’t included in their tellie-prompt (did I mention “issues”?). Bring on super-funds, variable interest rates and paternity leave! (And if we smile often enough, maybe no one will figure out we’re just bluffing!)