My mum's chocolate cake

    55 min

    This is the best chocolate cake I have ever eaten and the only chocolate cake I will ever make. Decorate it with your favourite icing.

    6 people made this

    Serves: 24 

    • 400g caster sugar
    • 100g butter
    • 2 eggs
    • 65g cocoa powder
    • 235ml milk
    • 250g plain flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 235ml hot, freshly brewed coffee
    • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 33x 23cm baking tin.
    2. Cream the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix well. Stir in the cocoa, milk, flour, baking powder, hot coffee, bicarbonate of soda and vanilla extract. Mix until just combined. Pour the cake batter into the prepared tin.
    3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.


    If you prefer to make cupcakes, bake for 12 - 15 minutes.

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    Nice recipe - deep, dark chocolate and good and moist. I added 1/2 tsp. salt to make the flavors "come alive." That addition, along with the coffee, ensured a very chocolatey chocolate cake. Baked this as cupcakes, about 20 minutes. I would not hesitate making this again - very pleased.  -  10 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    The BEST chocolate cake, period. We used Caroline's Chocolate Fudge frosting as a topping and it turned out awesome. Next, we'll make this into cupcakes... so rich and delicious. Can't taste the coffee... but whatever it does, it worked! Highly recmmended! UPDATE: We made these into cupcakes... actually used half-recipe, and it made enough for 1 full pan of cupcakes. Cooked for about 15 minutes or so... they came out P-E-R-F-E-C-T. Didn't top them with anything, as they were very rich and delicious as they were. It's so cool to say you made something so good from 'scratch.' Of course the guys at the poker table look at you kinda funny when you tell them that... but that's their issue, not mine.  -  01 Apr 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I make this Chocolate Cake often, and get tons of complements and request for the recipe. I worked in a Bakery for almost 9yrs. and I have to say, I know cakes and this one is awesome!!! Tip- Best baked in a Glass Cake Pan. Make it soon, you'll be glad you did.  -  13 Jul 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)