Sometimes you just can’t beat the classics, so I decided it was about time I shared my tried and tested chocolate cake recipe. Simple but delicious, this chocolatey treat is a guaranteed crowd pleaser and can be jazzed up for parties or left plain for a tea time treat- go on, give it a try!
For the fudgey sponge, you will need: 350g plain flour, 1tsp bicarbonate of soda, 2 tsp baking powder, 400g caster sugar, 80g cocoa powder, pinch salt, 1tsp espresso powder, 3 eggs, 160ml vegetable oil, 250ml milk, 100g dark chocolate, 150ml boiling water
Grease and line two small cake tins. Preheat the oven to 180c (fan).
Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, caster sugar, cocoa powder, salt and espresso powder.
In a jug, whisk the eggs,vegetable oil and milk. Pour into the dry mixture and combine thoroughly.
Take the dark chocolate and melt in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Leave to cool for a few minutes then fold into the mixing bowl with the other ingredients.
Add the boiling water a splash at a time, mixing carefully until thoroughly combined.
Split the mix between the two cake tins and place on the middle shelf of the oven. Bake for 35-40 minutes until springy.
Leave the cakes in their tins to cool for ten minutes then remove and leave to return to room temperature on a wire rack.
While the sponges are cooling, making the frosting with: 600g icing sugar, 125g soft butter, 6tbsp milk, 100g dark chocolate, 50g cocoa powder.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water then set aside to cool.
Sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder into a large mixing bowl then cube in the soft butter. Add the milk. Using an electric whisk, mix together the ingredients, then add the melted chocolate and whisk again until completely smooth. If the frosting is too stiff just add some more milk until the desired spreadable consistency is achieved.
Take your sponges and cut them in half horizontally, leaving you with four layers. Frost between the layers then cover the outer edges. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings for a simple finish.