Easy Peasy Chocolate Cake


As a conscientious and responsible step-mother, my goal in life is to do everything better than…I’ve ever done it before. This year K asked for a chocolate birthday cake topped with chocolate goo and more chocolate. Ta daaaaaa!

It’s decorated primarily by Mars but the cake work was all me.  I bastardised a chuck it all in recipe and replaced around a quarter of the flour with cocoa powder and it worked a treat. Everyone should have a foolproof chocolate cake recipe in their arsenal so here’s my easy peasy chocolate cake recipe.

You’ll Need: 

4 eggs
Self raising flour
Pinch of salt
Caster sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
Cocoa powder

Raspberry jam
Chocolate spread
Enough chocolatey treats to send 30 small children into a frenzy.


Preheat the oven to 180C and grease and line two 20 cm baking tins.

Weigh the eggs in their shells and weigh out your butter, sugar and flour to the same weight as the eggs.

Replace on 1/4 of the flour with cocoa powder.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time, along with the vanilla extract. Don’t panic if it looks curdled, it can be brought back together by adding a spoonful of flour and beating.

Sieve the flour, cocoa powder and pinch of salt and fold into the butter, eggs and sugar.

If the mixture is a bit thick fold in a little milk to loosen it up.

Pour into the baking tins, level off and bake in the middle of the oven for 25-30 minutes until your skewer (yes, really a skewer this time) comes out clean.

Allow the cakes to cool in the tin for a few minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

easy chocolate cake

Sandwich the cakes together with some jam and go to town on the topping and decorations.

It’s easy, it’s delicious and tomorrow I’m about to start harping on about my new wheat free self so it’s a bit redundant.

Still feeling all fancy schmancy so download the recipe here.


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  • reneejessome

    Oh yum! Chocolate cake is my fave! The more chocolate, the better!

    Renee | Lose The Road

  • Wow, all that chocolate on top looks fantastic. Great stepmum.

  • This looks so yummy! Definitely writing this down and making this asap! – Tasha

  • Rosie

    Good GOD this looks amazing. Have to try it out as yet don’t have a chocolate cake staple x

  • Rachael

    Love love love the idea of the jam in the middle – divine!

  • Kerri

    Jam in the middle sounds like a great idea…

    Small question, if I download the recipe does it come with measurements? 😉

  • looks a great cake, and oh the wheat-free way of life, I keep trying and failing that one.

  • This is right up your street then!
    M x

  • One tries 🙂
    One also ate a lot of the cake before one ditched the wheat too. Sort of a last supper.
    M x

  • Well Tasha I’ve rather handily preempted your desire for cake and you can download the recipe on the link above Save your ink my friend.
    M x

  • Not healthy. At all. But super easy and DELICIOUS!
    M x

  • Really breaks through ALL THE CHOCOLATE!
    M x

  • Jam is always a great idea. And I believe we’ve addressed your measurements issue elsewhere and in glorious technicolor.
    M x

  • The cake is great and was my last real baking before the wheat free thing – which so far has gone ok but man ALIVE is it tough to resist. I’ve learnt that willpower is not my forte.
    M x

  • You star!