Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Recipe submitted by maggie on September 22nd, 2008

Looking for a straight forward, basic chocolate cake recipe? ...well this is it! This recipe is easy to follow and comes out perfect every time. The cake has an excellent chocolate flavour and is nice and moist.

Prep time:   20 minutes
Cook time:   25 minutes
Servings:   1 cake

150g butter (room temp)
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoons vanilla essence
2 tablespoons milk
1 cup white flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons cocoa

1. Cream butter, and sugar. Add in eggs, one at a time with a little of the flour. Add the vanilla and milk and mix.

2. Mix remaining flour, baking powder and cocoa in a separate bowl, then fold the dry ingredients into the wet.

3. Spoon cake mix into a greased 20cm diameter round tin and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 25 minutes.

4. Allow to cool in tin for a while then turn out to cool on a cooling tray. Ice with chocolate icing when cold.

Average Rating:   (75 votes)

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    • walleshkah posted on December 12th, 2016
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      By far the best chocolate cake recipe I have EVER tried. Super simple to make with basic ingredients. Can't beat this recipe. This makes a nice sized cake for afternoon tea but I'd double it if you were making it for a birthday party or to cater for more numbers. I have also tried omitting the cocoa powder and this makes the most moist and light vanilla cake!

    • Sophie posted on May 14th, 2016
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      This was one of the best chocolate cake recipes I've ever tried. It was so creamy, lite and delicious. I also added some chocolate chips for extra chocolatey goodness and it came out amazing. I definitely do recommend this to everyone!

    • Salmiakki posted on July 14th, 2015
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Big thanks from Finland!!! Perfect. Look, i am not very good in the kitchen. This inspired me. I am sure that those who rated less than 5 should review their skills, before putting so unfair rate. This is everything as it says: easy, delicious, perfect!!!!!

    • Fern posted on February 20th, 2015
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Love it! Happy children ???? happy mother ????

    • lily posted on February 27th, 2014
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10


    • Aimee posted on December 4th, 2013
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      easy and delish

    • Stacey Viggars posted on February 12th, 2013
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      I think the people that put small ratings possibly can't cook properly. I have made this cake time and time again, adults love it, kids love it. Its a great recipe and brilliant for building kids birthday cakes, I made a Pirate Ship with it. Really yummy and easy to make.

    • Sean posted on January 18th, 2013
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      I dont understand why people would say too small, it turned out great and tasty

    • Sophie posted on December 9th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

      Very easy to bake, came out perfect! I recomend doubling the recipe, as it was a good size when I doubled it. When I took it out of the cake tin it fell apart a little. It was a little dry but other than that it was delicous!

    • holidayLOVER posted on November 30th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Totally agree with you Gabby! This cake is amazingly good. This is my go-to recipe for a choc cake.

    • Gabby posted on November 29th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Wow this cake had turned out perfect! I loved it and would definitely make it again! Mmm yum and to see all those bad comments? My dad loves this cake! I hope everyone else actually makes it properly and cooks it perfectly so it's nice -.- thanks for the recipe x x x

    • Waring posted on November 15th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 7.0 / 10

      Cake was delicious, but mixture is very small = very small cake. But otherwise great !! :)

    • Henrietta posted on October 8th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 1.0 / 10

      this was a waste of time. cake was too small and after mixing it it looks funny to me. I bake at home for my children and every cake I made my kids love it except this one. I will never try it again.

    • Jack Kilmartin posted on October 6th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      Epic wanted to bake a cake found this it is awesome I recommend I it

    • Jassleen and Raman posted on October 6th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      the cake turned out really good we made this for my mums birthday and she loved it we give this cake 9/10 but i didnt turn out well because when we cutit, it fell apart
      but we still loved it we are only 11 year old and it actullay turned out good

      thank you

    • Danielle posted on September 14th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      I really loved this cake! I made it for my dad on fathers day and my family all enjoyed it. Just the right amount of moistness and it's absolutely delicious.. mmm :)

    • chert posted on September 9th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      i baked this cake for my sons birthday and it was super yum.

    • oscar posted on September 4th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 1.0 / 10

      it does not work no one bake it rubbish

    • warnout posted on August 31st, 2012
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Sam it sounds like you didn't cook it long enough. Did you turn the oven on?
      This recipe is great, I use it frequently. Bad reviews are probably people who have never baked before.

    • Sam posted on August 25th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 1.0 / 10

      Maybe i shudv added more flour then it said koz it came out runny :/

    • christine1 posted on August 23rd, 2012
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Cooks in 20mins on 180 in a fan oven
      used Self Raising Flour sifted
      and the cake is moist light fluffy
      iced using Nutella straight from the jar
      yummy and so quick and easy to make :)

    • Karen posted on August 15th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      im no baker but this recipe was so simple and the cake was delicious

    • mareana posted on July 23rd, 2012
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      delicious, easy, light and fluffy. fast prep andfast cooking time

    • Bronnie posted on July 22nd, 2012
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      SO easy and SO yummy :)

    • holidayLOVER posted on July 2nd, 2012
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      I've made this cake several times and it is VERY, VERY good. It does make a small cake so double the mixture to make a larger size cake. Alexandra sounds like you over-cooked the cake, if it was dry. I have found the recipe makes a really nice moist cake. Not sure how you managed to break the cakes but I'm guessing you are not an experienced baker :)

    • Alexandra posted on June 29th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 2.0 / 10

      I didn't like this recipe. I found the mixture really weird and the cake was tiny, I had to make a second cake just to get a normal sized cake. Both cakes broke when I removed them from the cake tin and the cake was really dry.

    • Gins posted on April 6th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

      This mixture looked weird before I made it, but it resembles the packet mix that you buy at the supermarket.
      It was easy to prepare and left time in between batches for a cuppa.
      The cake itself was small and so made two.
      Awesome though.

    • Heidi posted on January 27th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

      Very very easy cake that tastes great! I doubled the recipe which made a average sized cake, then toped it off with a rich chocolate ganache icing :)

    • abby posted on January 24th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      This cake tastes great and is really easy to make - friends and family love it!

    • Aidan posted on January 7th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      Add 1 mashed banana for a moist choc banana cake! YEW!!

    • cherryriot posted on December 30th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

      I used this mix in a donut maker, worked awesomely! 4 happy kids here! :)

    • Sam posted on November 1st, 2011
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Great recipe, was very easy, didn't need much ingredience and was cheaper than buying the edmonds ready mix cakes. I just baked 3 cakes in the last hour.

      Thanks so much, really saved me money for my son's birthday :)

    • Euan posted on August 21st, 2011
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      Added a teaspoon of cinnamon. Worked a treat! Cheers :)

    • Jacqui posted on July 22nd, 2011
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

      Found ingredience a little dry so added more milk and I beat with electric mixer but very yummy put chocolate fudge icing ontop

    • Karen posted on July 15th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

      My daughter and i love this recipe,it makes a very yummy spongy chocolate cake. Also very easy for her to bake too.And she is 10.

    • Lynda Kingi posted on July 2nd, 2011
      Overall Rating: 6.0 / 10

      At the start the mixture seemed reallyy dry...had to add a bit more milk but when finished!!! Perfection!!!! it was light ,fluffy and down right YUMMYY!!!!!

    • Chris posted on June 16th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 4.0 / 10

      Cake mixture was dry, cake cooking time was +10min. Cake very dry when cooked.

    • Tracy Rolle posted on June 13th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Yummy,it was easy to make. even my 3 year daughter helped me with it

    • Mathew posted on June 2nd, 2011
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Frecking beautiful!!!!

    • Hayley posted on May 18th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

      Yummy! nice and simple. it tastes great with whipped cream and choc syrup!!! :P

    • Jenni nesbit posted on April 18th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Hey i am 12 yrs old and i think this recipe is really good. When i am older i am gonna go to culinary school and study to be a chef!!!!!!!
      thnx 4 this great recipe will try this for sure!!!
      bye viewers

    • dynelle telly posted on April 9th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 6.0 / 10

      it came out yummm

    • Cat posted on April 8th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      This is small but a lovely light cake, would be perfect to make two and layer raspberries and cream in the middle!

    • Rhonwyn Hailstone posted on March 26th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

      I ended up melting the butter and sugar together instead of creaming them, it turned out fine. Sifting the flour always seems to make my cakes lighter and rise better.

    • lizzie posted on March 15th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      this is cool to me

    • Leah posted on March 6th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 5.0 / 10

      It came out ok, my niece followed all the instructions, and it sort of came out a little flat , but tasted really yummy is there any other tips you could give to ensure this doesnt happen again?

    • sharland posted on March 4th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      yummy, awesome and fast, love it and so did my 11month old daughter thankyou

    • Erica posted on February 1st, 2011
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      :) Amazing for a birthday cake, infact i even made two, and also as previous person said 18 minutes, shes right :)

    • kitykaty posted on December 10th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      This is a great treat for visitors very tasty and economical a must have recipe

    • Lee Adams posted on November 21st, 2010
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

      Great recipe but did change it a little.Dry ingreds were beaten in on lowest speed until mixed. Cooked in a lined ring tin. Easy slicing and cooks quicker around 18 mins@ 180C. Iced when warm. Family loves the icing trickling down the sides. Definitely would make again.

    • K Henare posted on November 6th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10


    • Julia posted on October 10th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

      I just made this cake for a lady who is starting work for me on her birthday! Was great that it takes minimal ingredients, was easy to follow instructions and although I was a little worried with the batter like consistency it cooked really well and didnt sink in the middle like alot of other chocolate cakes. The proof will be in the eating tomorrow but thanks for providing this awesome recipe! I have already added it to my favourites for future baking! :-)

    • alaska posted on September 30th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      it is yum

    • Larnz posted on July 31st, 2010
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      My 10 & 8yr olds made this cake on their birthdays & ate it on their own..meanwhile mummy had to make her own for the adults...double/triple the ingredients...mwa fantastic on all occassions, moist,soft,chocolatety,just perfect...

    • Emily posted on July 16th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 6.0 / 10

      The batter was really yum and since this cake had so many reviews i made it and it was pretty good but i had to cook it for 30 mins till it was properly cooked and when i got it out of the cake tin it broke!!! >:| thought i would of been better but its still yummy!

    • Jessica posted on June 26th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      i love this cake i have made it several times, i made it on mothers day and she loved it, although i replace the baking powder with self raising it still comes out perfect and tasty, not to metion that its quick and easy!! =)

    • jo posted on May 4th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 5.0 / 10

      This was a really kid friendly and tasty choc cake, but I have rated it o.k. because I would only use it if I wanted a layer cake, not just as is. The cake is a nice texture, but quite little (as I guessed with only one cup of flour) so I made two and layered. Not sure if it would rise if cake was doubled and cooked as one?

    • Caroline posted on April 27th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 5.0 / 10

      Doesnt make a big mixture so probadly need to double for a decent size cake. Very easy to make!

    • Matthew posted on April 13th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      Absouletly Amazing, Quick and easy I'm also 11 and do alot of baking so great to try this and love it poor Dad didnt get home in time:-)

    • MrsTaylor posted on April 7th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      made this on easter friday....took it around to a bbq and everybody loved it! it was my first chocolate cake Ive made and thought it turned out awesum! real crumbly too....making it again today so thanx for the recipe :)

    • lisa posted on April 2nd, 2010
      Overall Rating: 6.0 / 10

      made it but not sure if the batter was meant to be so thick.

    • Stacey posted on March 25th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      I was freaking out at my lack of ingrediants to make a chocolate bday cake, untill i found this recipe, its soooo good, i added whitakers choc chunks to the cake and iced with the left over chocolate, this girl really likes chocolate, its pretty, thanks for the easy to follow and make cake :)

    • Sam posted on March 1st, 2010
      Overall Rating: 7.0 / 10

      hmmm it was really yum but turned out flat!! =)

    • Sheila posted on February 28th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 3.0 / 10

      I made this today, I found the batter stiff and the end result was a rather flat and lifeless looking cake... I'll be making another one to a different recipe tomorrow :(

    • nikki posted on February 15th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      quick and easy to make tastes great

    • holidayLOVER posted on January 10th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Yes Louise you could just use self raising flour and leave out the baking powder.

    • Louise posted on January 10th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Can you use self raising flour and leave out the baking powder???

    • Ella posted on October 31st, 2009
      Overall Rating: 7.0 / 10

      That chocolate cake is very good we ate it in two days

    • Jacob Kendrew posted on October 23rd, 2009
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Great I am 11 and Even I can do it and thats certainly saying something

    • cassandra posted on August 19th, 2009
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      the best cake ever kids love it i take it to work. dont buy cake mix make it yourself

    • bailey roiall posted on August 3rd, 2009
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      great recipe made for whole family not one complaint awesome A++

    • ella posted on July 26th, 2009
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      i think this i absolutely amazing it melts in you mouth its wonderful

    • maybesomeday posted on July 23rd, 2009
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Excellent homemade choc cake recipe. Very easy to follow, with simple ingredients and great result.
      Use this recipe!
      Don't buy "cake mix" that is full of weird ingredients including numbers!! You don't need colours, preservatives and all the other wonder our kids are getting allergies.

    • linda posted on May 25th, 2009
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

      Such a nice easy cake to bake and once cooked lovely to eat..It was a great hit with friends and family.
      After I iced the cake I sprinkled a wee bit of shredded coconut on icing,it was yum.

    • Anes Gilmore posted on March 19th, 2009
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

      Used this to go over the basics with my 8 yr old. She was delighted with the result, wants to make it again but this time she's going to do it by herself. We added some choc drops, ate it warm, no icing needed.