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Easy chocolate cake

It's destined to be a family favourite!
Easy chocolate cakeJohn Paul Urizar

This simple chocolate cake recipe is quick to get in the oven. The family will love it and so will you! It’s a good chocolate birthday cake recipe to have up your sleeve for busy weeknights.

Don’t like icing? Omit the dark chocolate icing and serve this moist chocolate cake recipe with either fresh strawberries, a drizzle of cream or a scoop of ice cream.

Looking for more chocolate cake recipes? Or try our basic vanilla butter cake recipe, also a good birthday cake option.

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Chocolate cake
Chocolate icing


1.Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease deep 20cm-round cake pan; line with baking paper.
2.Beat butter, extract, sugar, eggs, sifted flour and cocoa, and the water in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed until ingredients are combined. Increase speed to medium; beat about 3 minutes or until mixture is smooth and paler in colour.
3.Spread mixture into pan; bake about 1 hour. Stand cake 5 minutes; turn, top-side up, onto wire rack to cool.
4.Meanwhile, make chocolate icing. Spread cake with icing.

Chocolate icing

5.Melt chocolate and butter in small heatproof bowl over small saucepan of simmering water; gradually stir in sifted icing sugar and the hot water, stirring until icing is spreadable.

Chocolate cake can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


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