Black magic chocolate cake

    1 hour

    Makes a great centrepiece for a Halloween birthday cake if you cover it with dark chocolate icing and a spider's web.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 225g plain flour
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 65g cocoa powder
    • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 225ml strong filtered coffee
    • 225ml buttermilk
    • 125ml vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Extra time:10min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease and flour two 23cm (9 inch) round cake tins.
    2. In large bowl combine flour, sugar, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the centre.
    3. Add eggs, coffee, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Batter will be thin. Pour into prepared tins.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into centre of cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from tins and finish cooling on a wire rack. Fill and ice as desired.

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    could someone tell me what strong filter coffee they used? please  -  28 Oct 2010


    Was great. Made this one last night and everything was perfect (save that I didn't grease one of the pans enough and required a major over-haul with emergency icing!). Had to leave it in my electric oven for 40min.  -  18 Jan 2010


    Altered ingredient amounts. Used Gluten-Free plain white flour: worked a charm. Used this icing recipe: 125g butter (softened) 125g castor sugar 100g cream cheese 50g cocoa 2tbsp milk 2tbsp strong espresso 1tsp vanilla Beat until smooth  -  18 Jan 2010