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Easy Chocolate Cake

easy chocolate cake recipe on cake wire rack

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An easy chocolate cake recipe that is moist and delicious, perfect for birthdays and celebrations.

Ingredients

For the chocolate cake

For the chocolate frosting

Instructions

To make the chocolate cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) (without fan).
  2. Line and grease a 23 cm (9 inch) round cake pan.
  3. Place all of the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and blitz until the mixture is well-combined. The batter should be thick and smooth.
  4. Alternatively, if you do not have a food processor:
    • Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer with the flat paddle attachment.
    • Slowly beat in the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
    • Beat on low speed until all of the ingredients are incorporated.
    • In a small bowl or jug, lightly whisk together the sour cream, eggs and vanilla.
    • Slowly add the wet ingredients to the mixer, and beat until the batter is thoroughly mixed.
  5. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Place the cake pan on a wire rack and let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, before turning it onto the wire rack to cool completely.

To make the chocolate frosting

  1. Melt the chocolate and butter in a bain-marie or a bowl over a pan of simmering water, taking care not to let the bowl come into contact with the water.
  2. Once the chocolate has melted, take the bowl off the heat.
  3. Stir in the sour cream, vanilla extract and golden syrup.
  4. Whisk the icing sugar (powdered sugar) into the chocolate mixture.
  5. The frosting should be thick enough to cover the cake, but soft enough to spread easily.
  6. Frost the cake as per the photo with a tall layer of frosting, or cover all sides of the cake completely with the frosting – however you like.
  7. Leave the cake to set for at least a few hours before serving.

Kitchen Notes

As this is one of my go-to recipes for birthday cakes, I thought it would be helpful to also provide baking times when using different sized cake pans.

12 cm (5 inch) round cake pan
Fill the pan with batter to about 2 cm from the top. You will have leftover batter from the recipe above. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

16 cm (6 inch) round cake pan
Fill the pan with batter to about 2 cm from the top. You will have leftover batter from the recipe above. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

20 cm (8 inch) round cake pan
The above recipe can be used to fill two cake pans of this size. Fill the pans with batter to about 2 cm from the top. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

23 cm (9 inch) round cake pan
The above recipe can be used to fill one cake pan of this size. To make a double-layer cake, double the above recipe and use two pans of this size. Fill the pan with batter to about 2 cm from the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

26 cm (10 inch) round cake pan
The above recipe can be used to fill one cake pan of this size. To make a double-layer cake, double the above recipe and use two pans of this size. Fill the pan with batter. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES
* Line a 12 hole muffin pan with muffin cases/muffin wrappers.
* Evenly divide the batter between the muffin cases.
* Use a small off-set spatula to gently spread and flatten the batter in the muffin cases.
* Bake the cupcakes for 15-20 minutes at 180°C (350°F) (without fan), or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
* Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let them cool completely on a wire rack.
* To frost the chocolate cupcakes, prepare half the quantity of chocolate frosting.

STORAGE
The cake keeps well for several days on a covered cake stand.

OVEN TEMPERATURES All recipes on this website state temperatures for a regular oven (i.e. a conventional oven without fan). If you have a convection oven with a fan, please consult the manufacturer’s handbook on how to adjust the temperature and baking time accordingly.

CONVERSIONS To convert from cups to grams, and vice-versa, please see this handy Conversion Chart for Basic Ingredients.

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