Really simple chocolate sponge cake

    1 hour 30 min

    This is the recipe I used as a birthday cake for my best friend's 22nd birthday. It is extremely chocolaty! The photo that is on this recipe is slightly different to the recipe given (the icing on the top is different).

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    Serves: 12 

    • For the cake
    • 340g caster sugar
    • 340g butter
    • 3 medium eggs
    • 280g self-raising flour
    • 56g cocoa powder
    • For the buttercream
    • 220g butter
    • 340g icing sugar
    • 110g cocoa powder
    • 1 tablespoon milk, or as needed
    • lots of chocolate buttons

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:30min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. For the cake: Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease two 23cm cake tins.
    2. Cream together the caster sugar and the 340g butter. Add the eggs. Mix together.
    3. Add the self raising flour. Mix together. Add the cocoa powder. Mix together. Divide the cake mixture evenly between the two tins.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven on the middle shelf until a skewer inserted near the centre comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Allow the layers to cool for 30 minutes.
    5. Meanwhile, make the buttercream: Beat the 220g butter until soft. Add half of the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
    6. Add the remaining icing sugar, the cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon milk. Beat until creamy (add more milk to loosen if necessary).
    7. Use half of the buttercream for the middle filling and half for the top. Decorate with chocolate buttons.

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    Good easy recipe to follow although, I had to add another egg as the mixture was too thick to mix with an electric mixer. However, turned out fab - very fluffy.  -  09 Feb 2012


    As said below, something is wrong with the proportions here, after adding the flour the mix is far too dry, almost like a dough. After adding an extra egg as another reviewer said I still had to add water to get to a spreadable consistency. For the quantity of ingredients this has produced a fairly dense cake, I'd suggest trying an alternative recipe.  -  05 Jan 2013