Chocolate Cake

chocolate cake recipeUpdated post.

My husband Peter made this glorious chocolate cake above based on this BBC recipe and it goes down an absolute treat at Christmas, or without the snow-like icing sugar for parties at any time of the year. You can decorate it as you like.

Chocolate cake close up



For the cake:
225g/8oz plain flour/ gluten-free if using
350g/12½oz caster sugar
85g/3oz cocoa powder
3 tbsp chocolate chips
1½ tsp baking powder
1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 free-range eggs
250ml/9fl oz milk/oat or soya if you need
125ml/4½fl oz vegetable/sunflower oil
3 tsp vanilla extract
250ml/9fl oz boiling water

For the chocolate icing
200g/7oz plain chocolate
200ml/7fl oz double cream
2 tablespoons of icing sugar to decorate.


Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and line two 20cm/8in sandwich tins and leave to the side. Place all of the cake ingredients, bar the boiling water, into a mixing bowl then mix until full combined and smooth.  Pour in the boiling water, slowly, mixing as you go.

Divide the cake mixture between the tins and bake for 25-35 minutes, checking the top is firm and when you insert a skewer, it comes out clean.

Remove the cakes and cool, before icing them.

For the chocolate icing, place the chocolate and cream in a saucepan and heat until the chocolate melts. Remove then whisky until thick and glossy. Leave to cool for 2 hours so you can spread it over the cake.

Loosen the cakes from the tins with a rounded knife. Spread the icing over the top of one then place the other on top. Place onto a large serving plate and spread the icing over. We created wave style icing-or snow like icing tufts with ours.


Chocolate cake sliced

Christmassy chocolate cake

Isn’t it dreamy?


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  2. Vicki

    Oh my goodness this looks too good to eat!! What an amazing recipe and fabulous photos too! Thanks for your comment on my blog and for introducing me to yours!

    • honestmum

      @Vicki thanks so much, lovely to have met you online!
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  3. Lacey

    That DOES look dreamy! And creamy…and delicious!
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  4. oana79

    Oh, Vicki, it looks so good, I am drooling! And I am not even a chocolate lover!xx
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  5. jenny paulin

    pwoaaaaaaar! that looks decadent and wicked and yummy! mmmm i have a cup of ta right here, fancy sending a slcie over? thank you x x
    merry christmas x x
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