Chocolate Cocoa Cake

    40 min

    This rich chocolate cake is fantastic and made entirely with cocoa powder. Use the best cocoa powder that you can afford! Ice with a chocolate buttercream for a great birthday cake. You can make two 23cm round cakes instead of one big cake.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 250g plain flour
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 85g unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 140g margarine
    • 450ml boiling water
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 20x30cm tin. Sift together the flour, sugar, bicarb, baking powder, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
    2. Melt the margarine in the boiling water, then stir into the flour mixture until blended. Beat in the eggs, then stir in the vanilla.
    3. Pour cake mixture into prepared tin. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

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    A decent cake. Nice chewy, gooey texture, but not very chocolatey. Not very anything, actually. Definitely needs a chocolatey topping! Next time I'd add a bit more sugar and a bit more cocoa powder, I think. It also took almost twice as long to cook as the recipe said (and I'd halved the quantity as well!). All in all, a good starting point, I think.  -  06 Jan 2011


    tried this recipe for the first time, seems to be a lot of dry ingredients to wet, i had to add another egg, more margarine and some milk to make this anywhere near a cake consistency. i followed the instructions and ingredients exactly but all i ended up with was a crumbly thick mess, after adding the extras i did get a nice cake in the end but was a lot of faffing around.  -  03 May 2015


    This recipe is great, easy to do and the kids loved it  -  15 May 2011