Sunday 19 February 2012

Chocolate cake with fudgey chocolate buttercream

I have had a chocolate cake recipe on here for a while but had not recorded a video.  I got quite a few emails asking for a video so I have updated the recipe and recorded the video below. It is an easy all-in-one sponge mixture and the buttercream has melted chocolate in it which makes it really tasty and creamy and you don't get that bitter cocoa taste you get if you just make buttercream with icing sugar and cocoa.

Here is a video of how to make the cake

Chocolate Cake

200g self raising flour
40g cocoa
1.5 tsp baking powder
200g light muscavado sugar
200g softened butter (at room temperature)
4 eggs
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
60g dark chocolate 

Equipment Required
Large bowl
Electric whisk 
2 8" sandwich tins
bowl for meting chocolate

Put the chocolate in a bowl that fits neatly on top of a saucepan of simmering water and melt the chocolate. While it is melting put everything else into a bowl and when the chocolate is melted add that too. Whisk everything together until it is smooth and combined. If the mixture still seems very stiff then add a couple of tablespoons of milk and whisk again.

Grease the sandwich tins (ideally put some greaseproof paper on the bottom) and then split the mixture between the two tins. Spread evenly but try not to really push the mixture down in the tin and it will make it less light and springy when it cooks. Bake in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius (if you have a fan oven and can turn the fan off then do that - use the normal oven setting). It should take around 30 minutes to cook but check it after 25 and if it is springy then take it out. Leave it to cool for 5 minutes in the tin and then turn out in to a cake rack. Allow to cool completely before adding the buttercream.

Ingredients for chocolate buttercream

200g butter (softened)
200g icing sugar
200g dark chocolate
Equipment required
Large mixing bowl
Bowl for melting chocolate
Electric whisk or wooden spoon

Melt the chocolate over a pan of simmering water as you did for the cake. While it is melting whisk the butter for about 15 seconds and then add the icing sugar and whisk with the butter. Then add the chocolate and whisk again. The buttercream should look creamy and light.
Choose the sponge that has the flattest top and keep it to one side. Put half the buttercream on the other sponge (on the side that was the base) and then put the other one on top. Then carefully spread the rest of the buttercream on top of the other sponge trying not to move it around too much or putting too much pressure on the cake otherwise the buttercream in the middle will come out. You could add the buttercream to the top of the top sponge before sandwiching it on the other - you just have to be careful when picking it up to put it on top.


Super Hot AI Men said...

looks amazing. yummy sounding recipe.

Anonymous said...

fan oI love making cakes but they never seem to rise in my oven. I am going to try the victoria sponge and the chocolate one too. Thank you for posting such lovely recipes!

Unknown said...

I made this cake and it's the best cake I've ever made. My previous attempts at V. Sponge have not risen much at all. Well impressed with the recipe. I have now also made the chocolate cake.

Yamini Unni said...

Best V. sponge I've ever made. Good to find a recipe that works well, and actually did rise for me. Now also tried the chocolate cake with equal success. Finally I can make cakes!

Neil Honor said...

Hi Mark, love the blog!

I'm working with Gary and wanted to share one of my favourite recipes with you. It's for Konditor & Cook's famous curly wurly cake, which is unusual because it's a rich, moist chocolate cake with a cream cheese frosting.

Here's the link:

I originally found the recipe on a website called, which I think you'll enjoy too.

I'm currently working on the ultimate millionaire's shortbread recipe, so will send that to you when I crack it.

Happy baking!

John said...

It look so delicious
Thank for sharing

Anonymous said...

I did It And It Was Amazing And I Am Only 13 Woww Tryy Itt :)

Anonymous said...


I made this yesterday and it was delicious, everyone loved it!

I must admit that I was a little sceptical before trying it out as I've tried many recipes where some of the people who have posted comments saying they worked, yet when I made them they did not.

Well, THIS one worked! It was absolutely yummy! =D


Anonymous said...

Looks really good, going to try and make it later. Just wondering, how many does this recipe serve? I might need to downsize it...
Great work.

Anonymous said...

I made the victoria sponge and the chocolate cake and everyone who's tried it is crazy about it. Absolutely delicious and turns out perfect every time. Thank you Penny :)

Anonymous said...

will it still taste nice if we use milk choc instead of dark choc i really dont like it but the cake looks deliciousness

Mark Sanford said...

milk chocolate should work - it may be a little sweet so perhaps add a little less sugar

Anonymous said...

This recipe is truly one of the best! It took hardly any time to make and is so delicious, I really wasn't sure whether I could trust this recipe as for some online ones you just don't know, especially as I needed the cake for the next morning. Really very impressed :)

Amani said...

Hey Mark! I baked your Victoria Sponge a week ago and everyone loved it! I'd like to try the chocolate cake now, but I don't want to use chocolate buttercream with it. Have you tried it with ganache instead? Can you recommend something besides buttercream for me? That would be great! Thanks. Keep it up :)

Amani said...

Hey Mark! I baked your Victoria Sponge a week ago and everyone loved it! I'd like to try the chocolate cake today, but I'm not a big fan of buttercream. Can I use ganache instead? Or do you have some other suggestion for me? Thanks! Keep it up! :)

Mark Sanford said...

Hi Amani - using ganache would work very well with this recipe

Tracey said...

really enjoyed making the choc cake,thank you for sharing with us,looking forward to trying out more and my baby when he's old enough to help.thanks again ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi,looks delicious but what gas mark would you use it on?

Mark Sanford said...

180 degrees centrigrade (celsius) is gas mark 5

Anonymous said...

i have been doing the choclate cake for few months and its easy and yummy... my friends and family love it.......... thank you

Anonymous said...

Great but can you use milk choclate it's just because I'm allergic to dark choccies but Thanks a million!

Mark Sanford said...

milk chocolate should be work fine - maybe a bit sweet but if you have a sweet tooth!

Anonymous said...

me and my sister made this, it tasted amazing;D

Emma Berger said...

Delicious very easy to make and the result Fantastic.
keep making people happy please
your number 1 fan

Anonymous said...

have just recently took an interest in baking and tried this the other day. It was the best cake i have made yet and it tastes wonderful

Anonymous said...

Fantastic cake!!

Customised it with some chocolate fingers around the edge and maltesers in the middle and looks fabulous!!
Can't wait for me and my friends to eat it tomorrow!!

Thank you!!!

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