Two Layer Chocolate Cake

    45 min

    This cake is perfect for any special occasion, especially birthdays. Decorate with chocolate ganache or your favourite icing. Simple and utterly delicious.

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    Serves: 1 2 layer 23cm round cake

    • 250g plain flour
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 65g unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 250ml milk
    • 125ml vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 250ml hot, brewed coffee
    • 2 eggs

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. In a large bowl, sieve together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
    2. Add oil, milk, vanilla, coffee and eggs; beat well. Batter will be thin. Pour into two 23cm greased and floured round tins.
    3. Bake at 170 C / Gas 3 for 25 minutes or when top springs back when lightly pressed. Cool layers on wire racks.

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    The layers come automatically?  -  27 Sep 2012


    Serve this cake to family or friends and you will do yourself proud, just as I did tonight. A good rule of thumb is to never try out a new recipe on guests, but this was a real winner. It is easy to whip up, with common pantry ingredients. Deliciously moist and chocolaty, this is very similar to the wildly popular "Black Magic Cake" on this site - but doesn't require the buttermilk. I made this as the recipe directed, using a full teaspoon of salt for the "pinch" called for. I frosted it with Chocolate Frosting II, submitted by LUV2DY4. Good, old-fashioned homestyle chocolate cake.  -  19 Mar 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Excellent, excellent chocolate cake. This is the first cake I've ever made, and it turned out GREAT. It wasn't too sweet and the coffee and cocoa made a great combination! I was a little scared when the batter turned out EXTREMELY thin and smelled strongly of coffee, but in the end it was WONDERFUL. Thanks so much for the recipe! Will try again.  -  29 May 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)