Best Ever Chocolate Cake

best ever chocolate cake

If I could put my childhood in a cake, this would be it. My mum used to make it regularly – it’s moist, chocolatey without being too rich, keeps well in the cupboard for a week, is perfect for lunchboxes AND is super easy to make.

I got the recipe from Mum’s old recipe book. Falling to pieces, covered in daggy contact paper and hand written, I love looking through it. Here is her recipe:

best ever chocolate cake

Best Ever Chocolate Cake

125g butter
1 cup water
3 Tablespoons cocoa
2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
2 beaten eggs
1 teaspoons vanilla essence
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoons bicarb soda

Preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius.
Mix butter, water and cocoa in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
In a large mixing bowl sift flour and sugar.
Remove butter, water and cocoa mixture from the heat and pour over the sugar and flour mixture.
Add eggs, vanilla, milk and bicarb. Mix well.
Pour into one large greased shallow oven tray, or two greased lamington tins. This is a shallow cake that is cut into squares.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Allow to cool before icing with chocolate butter cream icing.

Chocolate Butter Cream Icing

1 1/2 cups icing sugar
2 Tbspns cocoa
2 tablespoons milk
125g butter

Beat butter using an electric mixer until as white as possible.
Add half the icing sugar and all the cocoa and beat well.
Add remaining icing sugar and beat well.

best ever chocolate cake
{yes, it’s a little undercooking in the top there… just how I like it!}

Store in an air tight container in the pantry. It won’t last the week…. because you’ll eat it all!

What’s your favourite childhood food memory?

16 Replies to “Best Ever Chocolate Cake”

    1. Hi Emma, it’s three Tablespoons. I have updated the recipe to make the difference between Tablespoons and teaspoons clearer, thanks for your feedback :) I hope you enjoy the cake!

    1. Oh, it’s a thing!? There you go, I’m glad I’m not the only one to have enjoyed this childhood favourite. And there I was thinking it’s a family secret :P

  1. What brand cocoa do you use? I made this and although it still tasted yummy, it was more of a pale brown colour compared to your rich looking cake in this post. Not sure what I did.

    1. Hi Amy, I just use homebrand! Did you make sure to use three Tablespoons, not three teaspoons? Sorry that it didn’t work out the same for you. I hope it works out better next time. Did it still taste good?

      1. It still tasted delicious, and was lovely and moist. I splurged and bought Cadbury’s bourneville cocoa, I think I’ll try the homebrand stuff next time and see what happens. :)

  2. I accidentally used baking powder instead of bicarb and ruined the whole thing.? The bowl of icing on the other hand…? yummo…

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