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.

A large square chocolate cake, topped with chocolate icing and 100\'s and 1000\'s, sitting on top of a black wire rack

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!

An overhead shot of a square chocolate cake iced with chocolate icing and sprinkled with 100\'s and 1000\'s on a wire rackI 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!

An iced square chocolate cake on a wire rack with a wooden spoon resting beside

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.

A square iced chocolate cake, with 100\'s and 1000\'s on top, on a wire cooling rack with pink tea towel underneath

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!

An iced chocolate cake decorated with 100\'s and 1000\'s on a wire cooling rack sitting on a pink tea towel

A square chocolate cake decorated with chocolate icing and 100\'s and 1000\'s on a black wire rack

Super Easy Chocolate Cake

Super Easy Chocolate Cake

A classic favourite - super easy chocolate cake!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: sweet
Cuisine: cakes and cupcakes
Keyword: Easy Chocolate Cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 serves
Calories: 190kcal

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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An overhead shot of a square iced chocolate cake decorated with 100\'s and 1000\'s

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11 Comments
  1. Norma says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe! I made it with my 4 year old granddaughter. We made the mix into patty cakes and they turned out beautifully. Thanks!

    1. Lucy says:

      Oh that’s fantastic! Thank you so much!

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