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My Best, Easy, Versatile, Chocolate Cake Recipe

"The beginning of your chocolate cake adventures ..."

This easy chocolate cake recipe is so versatile, no creaming butter and sugar just melt and mix.

I love this cake and have been making it for years it's my favourite and I stopped long ago trying to improve it.

Now I spend my time coming up with ways to add to it.

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Eaten the same day it has a lovely soft texture. Chill it and it becomes a deliciously rich dark and dense cake that most people would describe as a chocolate mud cake.

No matter which way you serve it, it is a moist dark chocolate cake. This cake stores and freezes very well and can easily be made in advance. Quite simply this is one of the best chocolate cake recipes you will find.

And as I said this is only the beginning, keep looking down this page and I will show you how you can turn this one great recipe into many delicious recipes for cakes.

And for those of you (and I am really suprised at just how many of you there are!) who are white chocolate fans I have now added my white chocolate mud cake recipe.

Please read through my homemade chocolate cake recipe first before starting

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How to make the cake

I just wanted to add, you will see in the list of ingredients my recipe does not contain eggs. I think the most asked question I get through my contact me page is

"Michelle have you forgotten the eggs in your chocolate cake recipe?"
The answer is "no" so have confidence the recipe is correct and enjoy baking it.

Makes a 20cm (8") cake - serves 12

Spray a 20cm (8") round cake baking pan with non-stick baking spray. Line the base with non-stick baking paper. This is important as this cake will stick to the pan if you do not take this step.


250g butter, chopped
1 1/2 cup (375ml) water
1 cup (220g) caster sugar
1/3 cup (35g) cocoa powder
2/3 cup (100g) dark chocolate, chopped
1 2/3 cups (250g) plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoon bi-carbonate of soda (bi-carb soda)

Baking Temperature

The oven should be preheated to 160oC (325oF)


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  1. Combine the butter, water, sugar, cocoa powder and chocolate together in a medium sized saucepan.
  2. Place over gentle heat. Bring to the boil whilst stirring. You need to stir until everything has dissolved to stop the mix from burning. Be careful that the mix does not boil over.
  3. Simmer gently for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat. Cover with a lid and leave to cool to room temperature.
  5. Whisk in gently the flour and bi-carb soda into the cooled liquid. Whisk until all lumps are removed. Do not over whisk; you are not trying to add air into the batter just remove any flour lumps.
  6. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan. Remember the baking pan must be lined with non-stick baking paper. The batter will be quite liquid and will level naturally. Tap the tin on the kitchen bench three times to remove any large air bubbles.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven set at 160oC (325oF) for 80 mins. The top of the cake will crack. The cake in the photo is just starting to crack, this was taken at 50mins. Dont worry the cracks will settle and be hidden when you turn the cake out of the tin.
  8. Remove from the oven. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 mins. Gently turn out onto a cake plate or a cake board lined with non stick baking paper and leave to cool. This cake is quite soft whilst still warm which is why I suggest you do not turn out onto a cake wire to cool.

Variations of this Easy Cake Recipe

This is just the beginning of your chocolate adventure. Take this rich chocolate cake recipe and use it as inspiration to make any of the following variations. If all you need is a delicious, moist chocolate cake simply iced, then look through my chocolate fillings and frostings recipes

Chocolate Coffee Cake

chocolate coffee cake

Chocolate coffee cake a mocha delight this recipe is another delicious cake variation for you to make.

Again you are using my chocolate cake recipe with a twist.

The addition of coffee to a chocolate cake is always a winner the two flavours compliment each other perfectly.

Do you love coffee liqueur? well it can be added to the frosting for that added coffee hit!

Chocolate Orange Cake

chocolate orange cake

I just love this chocolate orange cake recipe and my favourite way to indulge is to eat it warm with my chocolate glaze and of course fresh cream served on the side.

A bit over the top I know but it really is worth it.

The zesty orange syrup glaze that you pour over the chocolate orange cake really adds to the moistness of the cake.

Strawberry Chocolate Cake

chocolate strawberry cake

Chocolate Strawberries Cake , use my simple chocolate cake recipe cover with my Quick and Easy Buttercream.

Next you can top with delicious chocolate covered strawberries.

Clear Instructions with Photographs.

Don't be put off by making chocolate strawberries, they are really quite easy, I show you how...

Chocolate Almond Cake

chocolate almond cake

This moist, rich chocolate almond cakecombines a variation of my cake recipe with the chocolate cake icing recipe.

The texture is even more moist with the addition of almonds.

I think this cake is going to become a firm favourite and you will be as proud as I am to know that you made it yourself!

Chocolate Fig and Ginger Cake

chocolate fig and ginger cake

My chocolate fig and ginger recipe comes with its own honey caramel sauce recipe to serve.

Of course if you dont like figs and ginger then I explain how to make the recipe one or the other - simple.

Follow the simple instructions for a delicous cake

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

chocolate raspberry cake

Chocolate raspberry cake recipe.

Raspberries and chocolate have long been recognised as a wonderful flavour combination.

This chocolate is easily served with just a dusting of icing sugar or freshly whipped cream.

For a complete indulgence also include a generous serve of my chocolate glaze and of course more raspberries!

Chocolate Berry Cake

chocolate berry cake

So simple? Yes. This Chocolate Berry Cake is so simple. It is my No1 standby chocolate dessert cake.

The pairing of Chocolate and Berries is always a winner.

This cake looks far more dramatic than it is to make but tastes as good as it looks.

Chocolate Mint Cake Recipe

chocolate mint cake

Chocolate mint cake recipe

The simple addition of soft centered chocolate covered mints to the top of the cake as it comes out of the oven gives a lovely topping.

I have also included a variation where you bake the fudge chocolate cake in individual dishes and top them with chopped mints as they come out of the oven - this is seriously the most delicious hot chocolate mint pudding!

Chocolate Truffle Cake

chocolate truffle cake

Delicious Chocolate Truffle Cake,

One Slice Is Never Enough.

This chocolate truffle cake easily combines this cake recipe and my delicious chocolate truffle recipe to make a rich, moist, sinfully chocolate filled dessert cake.

White Chocolate Cake

white chocolate cake

Well what can I say I never realised how popular white chocolate was! So here is my white chocolate mud cake recipe. As you can see it is a variation of my dark chocolate cake recipe. It is moist, sweet and like all my recipes comes with it's own variations.

If you love white chocolate I have now included a White Chocolate section on my site which will lead you to any of my recipes with white chocolate in them.

For my white chocolate cake recipe click here.

Chocolate Pirate Cake

chocolate pirate birthday cake

I thought that I would also mention that this chocolate mud cake recipe is also a great base to use for decorated cakes. Decorating cakes for special occasions, especially childrens birthdays is becoming more and more popular. You need a good cake base and this cake works well - I suggest you make it the day before you start decorating. This cake is layered and coated with my chocolate ganache recipe before being covered in rolled fondant.

If you love decorating cakes the head to my decorated cakes pages. I have cake galleries of my recent cakes whether it is wedding cakes, birthday cakes, christening cakes or cakes for special occasions. I hope you can use them as inspiration for your own cake decorating designs.

To see my cake decorating ideas then please click here.

Now that you have almost made it to the end of this page I think you may just be starting to agree this really is one of the best chocolate cake recipes you will find!

Enjoy your chocolate adventure at Inspired by Chocolate and Cakes!


Well I hope my recipes have left you wanting more chocolate inspirations - head to my home page to discover more of my easy chocolate recipes brownies, muffins, fudge, cookies, strawberries and even chocolate puzzles!

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