Simply chocolate cake

    1 hour

    Simple to make, simple to eat and enjoy, this basic chocolate cake with soured cream and just a hint of vanilla is..simply delicious! Mint icing makes a great topper for this one.

    18 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 285g cake flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 120ml water
    • 85g cooking chocolate
    • 110g butter
    • 300g caster sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 155g soured cream

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

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease two 23cm round cake tins.
    2. Sift the flour with the bicarbonate of soda and salt three times.
    3. Boil the water and add it to the chocolate, and stir until melted.
    4. Cream together the butter and the sugar. Add the eggs and mix well. Stir in the vanilla.
    5. Blend in the chocolate mixture to the creamed mixture. Add the flour alternately with the soured cream, beating well after each addition. Pour mixture into two 23cm round cake tins.
    6. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until cakes tests done.

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    I made this for my husband for Father's Day, and used a chocolate frosting recipe I found on this site that used cream cheese and baker's chocolate and put candied mint-leaves on top. I think it's really really good! The cake is very rich and moist! I've got the leftover cake in the refrigerator and if you put a slice in the microwave for 20 seconds, and top with ice cream, it's delicious. The frosting microwaves well because of the cream cheese.  -  23 Jun 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was a great recipe. I didn't have bakers chocolate, SO instead I used hersheys natural cocoa powder mixed with the amount of water recipe indicates and a tablespoon extra of butter. This cake is not super chocolaty as I thought, it is sutble. perfect with some white whipped frosting and sliced strawberrys. It was a major hit , I am definatly making this cake again. btw i chose to use all natural and organic ingredients. although that doesnt change the calorie intake it is gratifying knowing I am not eating hydrogenated dye filled food. Kudos to this recipe..  -  10 Feb 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Used a 13x9 pan, and baked for 50 min total. Delicious, and everyone enjoyed it . Because some said it was dry, and I'm in deserty Colorado, added 2 egg yolks and 1/2 cup yogurt and 1 cup chocolate chips. Made icing with butter, cocoa, p. sugar and Bailey's Irish Cream.  -  26 Jul 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)