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Chocolate Cake

2008 October 22
by Reemski

Wonderful Lorraine at Not Quite Nigella is currently running a competition for the best chocolate cake recipe. How could I resist!

This recipe was given to me after I harassed my friend Penny for it over a couple of years. She finally gave it up, and though reluctant to share, share I will. It’s a very simple melt and mix cake, and it’s success is in the quality of the ingredients and careful baking. It’s rich and dense and chocolatey. Enjoy!

Penny & Fiona’s Chocolate Cake


  • 200g dark chocolate (I used Lindt 70%)
  • 250g butter
  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tbs instant coffee (I used actual coffee made with my machine)
  • 1 1/2 cups Self raising flour
  • 3 tbs cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 dessert spoon vanilla essence

Melt the butter in a large saucepan – do not allow to boil.

Dissolve coffee in boiling water, and add coffee mixture, sugar and broken up chocolate to butter. Stir until dissolved, melted and mixed. Do not allow to boil.

Pour mixture into bowl & allow to cool. (You will need a large bowl as it’s a big mixture)

Sieve flour and cocoa together and add to butter/choc mixture in 3 lots, beating well between additions.

Add eggs one at a time, beating well between eggs.

Add vanilla essence and beat well.

Pour mixture into a well greased and lined tin, and bake in a slow oven (fan-forced around 160°-170°) for 1 1/2 hours.

The mixture when cooking is very moist and really only firms up at the end. It makes a very large cake. When cooked the top very often rises and cracks (high sugar content), and apparently it is very good to freeze when cold, but I’ve never tried!

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23 Responses leave one →
  1. October 22, 2008

    Mmm what a fantastic looking cake! And I find it endearing that you made such an effort to get the recipe. Love the icing sugar pattern too 😀

  2. October 22, 2008

    Great cake! And you’ve just reminded me that I need to bake one for Lorraine’s event too.

  3. October 22, 2008

    That’s a very yummy-looking cake. May I copy the recipe (for personal use, not for Lorraine’s challenge!)

  4. October 23, 2008

    Yuuummmm! Looks better than my one hahah

  5. October 23, 2008

    Belle, please go ahead and bake to your heart’s’s such a decadent cake it must be shared!

  6. October 24, 2008

    Mmm, yummy! Going to check the details now – hope I’m not too late!

  7. January 15, 2009

    This sounds great and I am going to attempt it this weekend, just curious if the temp. listed is in Celsius or Fahrenheit.

  8. January 25, 2009

    @ Treat Hiya! Glad you’ve enjoyed! All temps are in Celsius…

  9. fatema ali permalink
    February 25, 2009

    Hi what size cake tin did you use??????

  10. February 25, 2009

    @ Fatema Ali it’s a 20cm springform

  11. October 3, 2009

    yumm!! Am thinking of making this for my friend’s b’day tomorrow. When you say “Beat” in your instructions, do you use a handbeater for this or just good old fashioned elbow grease?

  12. October 4, 2009

    @Kateyboo good old fashioned elbow grease!

  13. October 5, 2009

    Thanks! I tried making it today and the taste was great, but my cake sunk in the middle! (and I did’nt open the oven door). Help!! Any suggestions or thoughts why? Maybe I let the mixture cool too much?

  14. October 5, 2009

    @Kateyboo Oh, so sorry that it sunk. It’s not meant to rise much as it’s quite dense, but it shouldn’t collapse. But as they say, Practice Makes Perfect! I am puzzled. Try again and let me know how it is.

  15. October 5, 2009

    🙂 i think I might not have mixed itprperly. will try again and hopefully it will work!! But it was very yum….
    .-= Kateyboo´s last blog ..Staying Focussed Is The Bane Of My Existence =-.

  16. Cat permalink
    February 27, 2010

    Hi, very silly question: how many mls is a ‘cup’?

  17. March 1, 2010

    @Cat about 250ml

  18. alix permalink
    July 25, 2010

    Reem – this recipe is amazing. I made it last night and mouth watering goodness results! I am keeping this link for ever! Thankyou for sharing- you have filled the chocolate cake hole in my recipe collection.

  19. August 13, 2010

    The recipe seems wonderful! I’ll have to try it one day.

  20. December 2, 2010

    I know this is an old post, but I stumbled upon this recipe in my quest for a delicious chocolate cake for my sister’s wedding. Although, she chose a different cake I use this recipe whenever I need to make a chocolate cake. I used it for my chocolate cupcake with salted caramel buttercream and gave you credit. Thank you for sharing it!

  21. December 7, 2010

    Why thank you Miss Nisa, I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying it.
    Reemski´s last post..“My Favourite Curry Sauce with Fish” from Happy Days with the Naked Chef

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