Simple Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing

by | Jul 8, 2010

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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.

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.

SIMPLE CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE ICING

Makes one 21cm round cake, Serves 8- 12 people 

Difficulty: Easy

EQUIPMENT:

21 cm round cake tin
Electric mixer/stand mixer

INGREDIENTS:

Cake

125g Unsalted Butter, softened to room temperature
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
65g Plain Flour
190ml Buttermilk
120g Caster Sugar
2 large Eggs
45g Self Raising Flour
1 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda
60g Cocoa Powder
165g Strawberry Jam

Frosting

300g Icing Sugar Mixture
100g Unsalted Butter, softened to room temperature
40g Cocoa Powder, sifted
50ml Milk

METHOD:

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. Set your kitchen timer for 30 minutes.

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

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.

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. Back until the top springs back when pressed and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven.

Let the cake cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes, then turn the cake onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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.

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.

Simple Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing
Simple Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing
This simple chocolate cake is whipped together in just one bowl, perfect as a base for a birthday cake. Top the cake with chocolate buttercream and sprinkles, and you’re done.
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Servings Prep Time Cook Time Passive Time
12slices 15mins 30mins 45mins
Servings Prep Time
12slices 15mins
Cook Time Passive Time
30mins 45mins
Ingredients
  • Chocolate Cake
  • 125 g Unsalted Butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 65 g Plain Flour
  • 200 ml Buttermilk
  • 120 g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 45 g Self Raising Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda
  • 60 g Cocoa Powder
  • 165 g Strawberry Jam
  • Chocolate Icing
  • 300 g Icing Sugar
  • 100 g Unsalted Butter softened to room temperature
  • 40 g Cocoa Powder sifted
  • 50 ml Full Cream Milk
Servings: slices
Units:
Ingredients
  • Chocolate Cake
  • 125 g Unsalted Butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 65 g Plain Flour
  • 200 ml Buttermilk
  • 120 g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 45 g Self Raising Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda
  • 60 g Cocoa Powder
  • 165 g Strawberry Jam
  • Chocolate Icing
  • 300 g Icing Sugar
  • 100 g Unsalted Butter softened to room temperature
  • 40 g Cocoa Powder sifted
  • 50 ml Full Cream Milk
Servings: slices
Units:
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.
Recipe Notes
  • Cake keeps in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Nutrition Facts
Simple Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 379 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 139mg 6%
Potassium 155mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 57g 19%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 44g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 12%
Calcium 4%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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