No-fail chocolate cake

    50 min

    An extremely moist and delicous chocolate cake. Sandwich the layers together with chocolate buttercream and cover with a fudgy glaze. Nice for birthdays, cake sales or Valentine's day.

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    Makes: 1 2-layered cake

    • 225g butter
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 225ml buttermilk
    • 50g cocoa powder
    • 300g plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 225ml boiling water

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease and line two 20cm cake tins with baking paper. If you prefer to make a rectangular cake, grease and line a 20x30cm tin.
    2. Sieve together the cocoa, flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Alternately beat in the flour mixture and the buttermilk, mixing just until incorporated. Add the boiling water and beat for one full minute.
    4. Spoon mixture into cake tins. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

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    Definatly will make this again! I used hot choc instead of cocoa and used much moer milk that instructed but it turned out to be a suprisingly light and very chocolatey cake! A must for first time chocolate cake makers like myself! =)  -  23 Feb 2011


    This is not a deep, dark chocolate cake, but it sure isn't short on rich chocolate flavor! This is an incredibly moist, stick to the tines of your fork cake, that baked nicely in two 9-inch layers in 25 minutes. I didn't bother with the parchment paper and it released from the pans easily just sprayed with Baker's Joy. I didn't change a thing with this recipe, and won't the next time around either. It is delicious just as written. Frosted with "Caroline's Chocolate Fudge Frosting," also from this site, this was a cake I'd be proud to serve anywhere.  -  18 Sep 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    help!! I made this exactly as instructed, thinking that this would be a no-fail cake, and I was wrong! I don't know what I did wrong, as I said I followed everything written, can anyone tell me why it turned out sticky? It's thick and didn't raise much, and you can see it's so moist inside it's not even a cake, not even a brownie, it's just a hard dense block of black stuff! So disappointed~ someone please tell me what could cause this!  -  15 Apr 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)