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Chocolate Cake


Recipe Info

  • Servings : 6
  • Cook Time : 25m
  • Ready In : 25m

This delicious and moist chocolate cake is simple and easy-to-follow.


  • Cake:
  • 250g butter, cubed
  • 250ml water
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 500g Self Raising Flour
  • 450g castor sugar
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 125ml buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Icing:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 4 tablespoons milk


Step 1

Cake: In a saucepan, gently bring butter, water and cocoa powder to a boil. Cool slightly.

Step 2

In a bowl, combine self raising flour, castor sugar and salt. Add cooled cocoa mixture and mix well.

Step 3

Add buttermilk and vanilla essence and mix well. Beat in eggs.

Step 4

Pour into 2 x 20cm round greased cake tins and bake at 180°C for 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Step 5

Icing: In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and cocoa powder until smooth. Remove from heat.

Step 6

Combine icing sugar and vanilla essence. Add cocoa mixture and milk and stir until smooth.

Step 7

Spread icing between the two layers, on top and sides of the cakes.

Step 8

Tip: To make buttermilk: Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in 250ml milk. Let stand for 5 minutes.

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