Easy chocolate cake with chocolate icing

    50 min

    A very basic but delicious chocolate cake, which is topped with a rich chocolate icing and chopped walnuts. This cake takes just 15 minutes in the oven!

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    Serves: 24 

    • 225g butter
    • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 250ml water
    • 250g plain flour
    • 325g dark brown soft sugar
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 75ml condensed sweetened milk
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Icing
    • 50g butter
    • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 180ml sweetened condensed milk
    • 125g icing sugar
    • 120g chopped walnuts

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 38cm swissroll tin. In small saucepan, melt 225g butter; stir in 4 tablespoons cocoa then stir in water. Bring to the boil; remove from heat.
    2. In a large bowl, combine flour, dark brown soft sugar, bicarb, cinnamon and salt. Beat in cocoa mixture. Stir in 75ml sweetened condensed milk, eggs and vanilla. Pour into prepared tin.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched.
    4. To make the icing: In small saucepan, melt 50g butter; stir in cocoa and sweetened condensed milk. Stir in icing sugar and nuts. Spread on warm cake.

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    Reviews in English (52)


    Really nice Cake very easy to make. Preparation was definately less than the 30 minutes stated. You can easily get away without the vanilla if you don't have it in the cupboard. Equally the nuts are optional too.  -  23 Sep 2014


    On day 4 of the cake (well cakes because I made two) it is amazing & a massive hit with everyone!  -  03 Oct 2017


    I love this cake! We have made it with cinnamon, with 1/2 the cinnamon and without cinnamon. Hubby likes no cinnamon, I like it with 1/2 the cinnamon. This is a great rich, moist, chocolate cake.  -  19 Dec 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)