Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

    1 hour 15 min

    This cake is deliciously rich, easy to make and tastes fabulous. A dark chocolate cake is topped with a cream cheese icing with walnuts and chocolate chips.

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    Makes: 1 20x30cm cake

    • 375g plain flour
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 45g unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 475ml hot water
    • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
    • 150ml vegetable oil
    • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 2 eggs
    • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 225g cream cheese
    • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 egg
    • 170g plain chocolate chips
    • 120g finely chopped walnuts

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 20x30cm baking tin.
    2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Combine the hot water and instant coffee, then add to the dry ingredients along with the oil, vinegar, vanilla and eggs. Mix until smooth and well blended. Spread batter evenly into the prepared tin. Sprinkle with the 4 tablespoons sugar.
    3. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
    4. Make the topping while the cake is cooling. In a medium-size mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and egg until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Spread over cooled cake.

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    Reviews in English (13)


    I have made many cakes from scratch and this is the worst cake I have ever tasted. The cream cheese icing does not go well with the chocolate cake. The cake tasted strange. Maybe because it calls for baking soda then vinegar. It fizzed after adding the vinegar. I do not recommend making this cake. I did not taste good. I followed the directions exactly as listed. Please don't this cake.  -  21 Aug 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    The kids just love this recipe!!! And I just love to make it!!!  -  15 Feb 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    only used half of the oil required. turned out fine. frosting does not cover cake, so i mixed it with a jar of cream cheese-flavored frosting from the store and it turned out great  -  29 Aug 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)