Simple chocolate cake

Satisfy that chocolate craving with this delicious, moist chocolate cake. It's easy, it's quick and the family will love it. So will you.

  • 1 hr 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 16
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Simple chocolate cake
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Chocolate cake
  • 375 g butter, chopped
  • 300 g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups (500ml) water
  • 2 ⅓ cups (350g) self-raising flour
  • ½ cup (50g) cocoa powder
  • 1¾ cups (385g) caster sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten lightly
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract shaved chocolate, candied violets and chocolate buttons, for decoration
Chocolate ganache
  • 1⅓ cups (330g) thickened cream
  • 400 g dark chocolate, chopped finely


  • 1
    Grease and line the base and sides of a 26cm cake pan. Preheat the oven to 160°C (140°C fan-forced).
  • 2
    Combine the butter, chocolate and water in a medium saucepan, stir over medium heat until just melted – do not boil. Remove from heat, transfer to a large bowl. Cool for 10 minutes.
  • 3
    Sift the flour and cocoa onto a piece of baking paper.
  • 4
    Whisk the sugar, eggs and vanilla into the chocolate mixture, then gradually whisk in the combined flour and cocoa.
  • 5
    Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted comes out with moist crumbs.
  • 6
    Stand cake in pan for 30 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack
    to cool.
Chocolate ganache
  • 7
    Heat cream over medium heat until just below boiling point. Remove from heat and add chocolate; stir until smooth. Stand until thick and spreadable.
  • 8
    Spread Chocolate Ganache over top and sides of cake. Decorate with shaved chocolate, crystallised violets and chocolate pearls.


Uniced cake suitable to freeze. Chocolate Ganache suitable to microwave.

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