Italian Chocolate Cake

    1 hour 30 min

    Wow your guests with this simple, yet delectable chocolate cake. It's rich, chocolately and truly delicious. Chocolate sponge cake is topped with a chocolate frosting. Perfect for dinner parties, afternoon tea or even for birthdays. Serve with fresh berries, if desired.

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    Serves: 18 

    • 50g unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 175ml boiling water
    • 250ml soured cream
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 285g plain flour
    • 115g unsalted butter
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 3 egg whites
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 90g unsalted butter, softened
    • 75g unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 320g icing sugar
    • 120ml milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Prep:40min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. In a small bowl, mix together 50g cocoa and 175ml boiling water; set aside.
    2. In another small bowl, dissolve bicarbonate of soda in the soured cream by stirring them together.
    3. In a large bowl, cream the 115g butter and 400g sugar. To the butter and sugar mixture, alternately add the sieved flour and the cocoa mixture with the soured cream mixture. Beat until fluffy. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold in the egg whites and 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla.
    4. Grease a 23x33cm or similar sized dish and pour the batter into it. Bake at 150 C / Gas 2 for 50 minutes. Frost with chocolate frosting (see below).
    5. Chocolate Frosting: Cream 6 tablespoons butter in a small bowl. Add 75g cocoa and icing sugar alternately with milk; beat until spreading consistency. More or less milk can be used depending on the texture you want. Blend in the vanilla.

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    Very good chocolate cake! It's definitely much better than a cake mix! I didn't have cake flour and found that I could use 1 3/4 c. of all purpose flour and 1/4 c. of cornstarch as a substitute for the 2 cups of cake flour. I also couldn't find Dutch process cocoa powder at the store. It can be substituted with unsweetened cocoa. The substitution is as follows: for every 3 TBS. of unsweetened cocoa powder, add 1/8 tsp. of baking soda.  -  06 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I usually make a chocolate cake using a box and adding pudding but decided to try to make one from scratch this year. I have dear friends that just love a good chocolate cake. I tried this recipe and and WOW! It was melt in your mouth delicious. The frosting was nice and thick and easy to spread. I have never had frosting turn out so well. I made a two layer quarter sheet cake because the single layer looked a bit small. The two layer was a giant and perfect for Christmas dinner! It was a little time consuming to make but well worth it. I made it a day ahead and it was perfect! I can not say enough good things about this cake!  -  25 Dec 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I really loved this recipe and so did my boyfriend, his coworkers, and my clients. Yesterday, a client to whom I gave a cupcake version two weeks ago came back and raved! A couple of notes- the texture of this cake was interesting..very fine with concentrated flavor without being heavy. It was not the fluffy cake you'd get from a box...more refined and substantial like all the good things of an old fashioned cake combined with the moist, denseness that hinted at a flourless cake (but again, not heavy like that and not a silk texture). I followed the recipe to a tee, except that I substituted hot, very strong coffee for the water, and used ghiradelli unsweetened cocoa with baking soda to substitute for the dutch process cocoa (the baking soda comps for the alkali in dutch process) The use of the coffee and gourmet cocoa most likely enhanced the flavor of the cake greatly. I used the recipe to make cupcakes baked for 39-40 minutes at the prescribed temperature. They came out perfectly..nice and springy-light. The frosting was a lovely recipe...not too sweet, but still quite decadent. I am not much for super sweet frostings, so that affects my assessment. There was frosting left over, and my bf threatened to eat it with a spoon. This will be one of my "secret weapon" chocolate cake recipes for sure!  -  14 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)