Super Easy Chocolate Cake – a classic favourite

A super easy chocolate cake that is an absolute classic favourite! You really can’t go wrong with this simple and old fashioned chocolate cake. 

easy chocolate cake

My very favourite type of baking is the kind that is simple and delicious. And my favourite recipes by far, are the old fashioned ones. There’s definitely a reason that recipes like this super easy chocolate cake have stood the test of time.

Super Easy Chocolate Cake

Guess what!? I can pretty much guarantee you’ve eaten this exact chocolate cake (or a very, very similar one) about a zillion times already! Yep, think back to all of those childhood birthday parties… and this is the chocolate cake you would have eaten! It’s incredibly quick to make PLUS it tastes great!

Super Easy Chocolate CakeI adapted this super easy chocolate cake recipe from one in the NMAA Cookbook (it’s pretty much the oldest and yellowest cookbook on my shelf – which also means it’s one of the best!). On a totally random note, if you ever come across a copy of this cookbook at an op shop (or your grandma’s house), beg for it. Seriously, it’s the best!

Super Easy Chocolate Cake

To ice this chocolate cake, I made a chocolate icing from cocoa, icing sugar and water. See, I told you this was an easy and old fashioned recipe. And to finish it off, it just had to be sprinkles. I mean, come on. You just can’t beat sprinkles.

Super Easy Chocolate Cake

Please, please make this super easy chocolate cake… and while you’re making it, take a little trip down memory lane and remember all those kiddie birthday parties you went to.. with fairy bread… and balloons… and ‘pass the parcel’. Fun times!

Super Easy Chocolate Cake

Super Easy Chocolate Cake

Super Easy Chocolate Cake

Super Easy Chocolate Cake

A classic favourite - super easy chocolate cake!
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Course: sweet
Cuisine: cakes and cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 serves
Calories: 190

Ingredients

  • 30 g (2tbs) butter
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 125 g (1 cup) self-raising flour
  • 225 g (1 cup) caster sugar
  • 125 g (1/2 cup) milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the icing

  • 125 g ( cup) icing sugar
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tbs hot water

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Grease a 20cm cake tin and set aside. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (170 degrees if using fan-forced).
  • Melt the butter and set aside.
  • Sift the cocoa powder and self-raising flour into a bowl.
  • Add the caster sugar, milk, eggs, vanilla extract and melted butter. Beat for 2-3 minutes or until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out with a few crumbs on it. Set aside to cool before turning out onto a wire rack.
  • To prepare the icing, sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder into a bowl. Add the hot water and mix until smooth and slightly runny. If your icing is too thick, add a little more water.
  • Working quickly, spread the icing over the cake (use a hot knife to help spread the icing).
  • Decorate with sprinkles (optional).

Thermomix Method

  • Grease a 20cm cake tin and set aside. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (170 degrees if using fan-forced).
  • Melt the butter on Speed 1, 100 degrees, 2 minutes.
  • Add the cocoa powder, self-raising flour, caster sugar, milk, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix on Speed 4, 10 seconds (MC removed).
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix for a further 20 seconds, Speed 4 (MC removed).
  • Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out with a few crumbs on it. Set aside to cool before turning out onto a wire rack.
  • To prepare the icing, place the icing sugar and cocoa powder into the TM bowl. Press Turbo 5-10 times to sift.
  • Add the hot water and mix on Speed 6 until smooth and slightly runny (you'll need to scrape down the sides of the bowl partway through mixing). If your icing is too thick, add a little more water.Working quickly, spread the icing over the cake (use a hot knife to help spread the icing).
  • Decorate with sprinkles (optional).

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Super Easy Chocolate Cake

5 thoughts on “Super Easy Chocolate Cake – a classic favourite”

  1. Swah says:

    Oh yum! Nothing beats a classic chocolate cake <3

  2. Kate says:

    Oh the memories! Love this cake Lucy.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Me too Kate!!

  3. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid says:

    This is such a classic and I love the addition of the value added sprinkles!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thanks Sammie!

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