No frills chocolate cake

    45 min

    Just a simple chocolate cake made complete with a simple chocolate icing. Sometimes the simplest things are the best! You can decrease the amount of sugar in the cake if you prefer it to be less sweet.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 250g plain flour
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 225g butter or margarine
    • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 250ml water
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 110ml buttermilk
    • Icing
    • 110g margarine
    • 6 tablespoons milk
    • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 500g icing sugar

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 38x25cm swissroll tin. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, bicarb, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
    2. In a saucepan combine 225g butter or margarine, 4 tablespoons cocoa and water. Bring to the boil and cook for 1 minute. Pour the liquid mixture over the flour, sugar mixture; stir well. Blend in eggs and buttermilk.
    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. Let cake cool 10 minutes, then ice while still warm.
    4. To make the icing: In a saucepan combine 110g butter or margarine, milk and 4 tablespoons cocoa. Bring to the boil and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Mix in icing sugar. Pour over warm cake. Cool before cutting.

    Cake tins

    You can use two 23cm cake tins instead of the swiss roll tin. Just adjust baking time as needed.

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    I will try tomorrow thanks .  -  17 Apr 2014


    This recipe has been around in our family for about 80 years and is certainly a family favorite--especially mine! It's very moist and chocolatey! A couple of things to consider: 1) it's a great cake even without the salt, shortening, and cinnamon; 2) for an extra special treat-add Nestle's chocolate chips to the batter...they work their way to the bottom and are a great chocolatey treat when you eat; 3) the frosting is great with pecans or walnuts and is much easier to work with if you put it on while both the frosting and the cake are still warm. You'll love this's really delicious!  -  26 Apr 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    7.14.10 ... ... This is the second best MEDIUM chocolate cake. It's a close second to Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake. This has a thin batter so doesn't round too much.  -  13 Jul 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)