Chocolate Cake

Easy to make delicious chocolate cake
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  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • A little extra butter to grease baking tins
  • 4 large eggs
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 2.5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk

Buttercream Ingredients

  • 100g milk chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 200g butter, softened
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp milk


  • Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5.
  • Grease the base and sides of two 20cm round baking tins with butter and line the bases with baking parchment.
  • In a large bowl, beat together 200g caster sugar, 200g softened unsalted butter, 4 large eggs, 200g self-raising flour, 2.5 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp vanilla extract, 2 tbsp milk and a pinch of salt until pale.
  • Divide the mixture between the greased baking tins.
  • Bake for 20 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 10 mins, then turn out onto a wire rack and set aside to cool completely.
  • For the buttercream, put 100g broken milk chocolate in a heatproof bowl and melt in the microwave, stirring every 30 secs then leave the melted chocolate to cool for 5 mins.
  • Mix 200g softened butter and 400g icing sugar together with an electric beater or a whisk.
  • Sift in 5 tbsp cocoa powder with a pinch of salt and pour in the melted chocolate and 2 tbsp milk. Mix again until smooth.
  • Sandwich the cakes together with half of the buttercream, then spread the rest on top and around the sides.

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