This is Mum’s special Simple Chocolate Cake recipe. It had the power to score me cool stuff on the playground in exchange for a slice. Mum would include two pieces for my best friend and I, but one look at the cake and everyone was suddenly my best friend. Fun for a while, but soon I had to wait until everyone was busy playing before I could sneak some cake without being mobbed. This recipe yields one easy chocolate cake perfect for afternoon tea, or even as a base for a birthday cake. Top the cake with chocolate buttercream and sprinkles, and you’re done. You know what’s even better? It’s made in just one bowl.

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

Simple Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing

Simple Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing
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This recipe yields one easy chocolate cake perfect for afternoon tea, or even as a base for a birthday cake. Top the cake with chocolate buttercream and sprinkles, and you’re done. You know what’s even better? It’s made in just one bowl.
Servings: people, at least
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Ingredients

Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Icing

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 fan-forced; 350F). Line a 20cm round cake tin with baking paper. Grease the sides with non-stick spray.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer add the soft butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Beat with a paddle attachment until the mixture is thick, pale and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Pour in the jam and beat until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Sift in the bicarbonate soda. Add half of the plain and self-raising flour with half of the cocoa powder and half of the buttermilk. Fold them in gently with a spatula. Add the remaining flour, cocoa powder and buttermilk. Gently stir until all are combined. The mixture will resemble a thick chocolate mousse.
  4. Scoop the batter into the cake tin. Check the oven is at the correct temperature. Place the tin on the middle rack of the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. The cake is ready when the top springs back when pressed and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven.
  5. Let the cake cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes, then turn the cake onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. To make the icing add the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until combined. Add the milk then whip the frosting with the beaters for around 5 minutes. It should be fluffy and the some of the icing sugar should have dissolved.
  7. When the cake is completely cool slather the top with the chocolate icing.

Baking Tips

  • Cake keeps in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
 

11 Comments

  1. Simon Food Favourites

    this cake recipe sounds pretty simple and looks nice and moist. i’ll keep this one on my recipe list for when i need to make a chocolate cake. thanks for sharing :-)

  2. delicieux

    Sometimes there is nothing better than Mum’s cooking is there? Well, I suppose if your Mum can’t cook there is. Sounds like we were both lucky in that our Mum’s could.

    The cake looks and sounds delicious. :)

  3. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    omg, JTT! He was up on my wall, looking down on me through his floppy hair, possibly flanked by a poster of Christian Slater. How tastes change. My taste for delicious chocolate cake however, has remained unshakeable. Particularly when it is paired with a bowl of leftover frosting.

    Haven’t made a cake with jam inside it before but I am instantly taken by the idea.

  4. Amy @ cookbookmaniac

    interesting… strawberry jam in the batter. that sounds so intriguing! I must keep this in mind the next time that I make choccie cake. It looks so fluffy and yummy! *rubs tummy*

  5. Heavenly Housewife

    My mom’s only cake recipe come out of a betty crocker box LOL. Cake looks delish and loved that video.
    Have a great weekend.
    *kisses* HH

  6. mademoiselle délicieuse

    This is my type of cake – pure, anadulterated chocolate joy. What could be better than your own mother’s chocolate cake (except for my mother who doesn’t bake!) to remind you of home. And warmth. And comfort.

    A bit of buttercream never hurt anyone either!

  7. steph (whisk/spoon)

    definitely a friend-maker!! can you taste the jam in there? JTT is way cuter than bieber!

  8. Cake Mistress

    JTT wins the cuteness stakes by far ;)
    Nah, you can’t taste the jam over the chocolate. It just makes things nice and sticky and sweet.

  9. Sally

    Hi there!
    I currently have this cake in the oven, and am sooo excited to taste the end result. I too am a chocolate addict, and will need restraint from eating the excess icing straight from the bowl.
    Thanks so much for the recipe.

    Sal x

  10. the caked crusader

    I love cakes made with buttermilk – this looks awesome. Ooh, that frosting! Drooooooooool

  11. betty

    this cake looks fantastic!