Classic Chocolate Cake

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    A delicious chocolaty cake that's simple to make and incredibly moist. This recipe makes a two layer chocolate cake. Fill and top with your favourite chocolate icing.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 45g unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 125ml boiling water
    • 135g margarine
    • 350g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 eggs
    • 310g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 320ml buttermilk

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour two round 23cm cake tins. Sieve together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Set aside.
    2. Combine cocoa and boiling water in small bowl to form a smooth paste. Cool slightly.
    3. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk, mixing just until incorporated. Blend in cocoa paste.
    4. Divide cake mixture between the two tins. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in tins, then turn out onto wire rack and cool completely.

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    this has become my family's favorite! I have baked a couple for other people and everybody goes nuts for it!!!! I gently melt chocolate spread for the middle and top and serve with cream x  -  24 May 2013


    Beautiful. Nothing at all to criticize on this one! Given that the batter looked a little questionable, almost curdled rather than velvety smooth, I had my doubts. I cut into the cupcakes I made from this batter with trepidation! But no worries, this cake is GOOD! Light, fluffy and soft, VERY moist and kind of a milk-chocolate color, it was a nice change from heavier, denser, darker chocolate cakes. Didn't change a thing and wouldn't in the future either. I frosted it with "Peanut Butter Frosting," also from this site and it was a beautiful combination, both in color and in taste.  -  20 Jan 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I followed the recipe exact. I have to admit that I was quite worried that the cake was not going to be good because the batter It was extremely thin, the color was odd and it just seemed as if I'd missed a step as I'd made the cake batter. As I pulled it out of the oven, it looked perfect! I frosted this cake with my own recipe for Chocolate Buttermilk Buttercream. I did not try this cake myself but my husband and kids raved about it all night last night. Just goes to show you, you never know how a recipe will turn out!  -  18 Jun 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)