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Easy Chocolate Cake

I love every aspect of planning a party, but there is one aspect that I find very hard.  That is the food preparation!

I am not a good cook, so I do struggle a little with this.

For my daughter’s first birthday I was determined to bake her cake….and not just a packet cake…..but a cake made from scratch.

This was a huge effort for me, and I am quite proud of the result.

Take a look at the first cake I ever made for my daughter:

Now I realise that it is probably not the most flash cake that you have ever seen (I am certainly under no illusions that it is), but it is proof that even someone who is completely unskilled in the kitchen, can create something that is just that little bit special!

I didn’t try and do anything out of my league, so whilst I would loved to accomplish a ‘number 1’ cake, I thought I would start small with a normal round cake and decorate with a number 1 instead.

I think this looked quite effective.

For her birthday party the week prior, I organised a butterfly theme.  I wanted to carry this theme over onto her cake hence the butterflies on the top.

The butterflies are made of fondant and I had made several to decorate not only this cake, but also cupcakes that I had made for her party.

I put my creative streak to work and came up with a butterfly army!!!

The great thing about this, was that I could prepare the decorations in advance when I had more time, and they were perfectly ready to use as a decoration when I needed them.

The colour palate for her party was pink, so I wanted to also use this for her cake.

I decided to add a bit of ribbon around the edge of the cake…which added the finishing touch.

When I saw the ribbon with pink and white, it just reminded me of candy, so it was the perfect choice.

The recipe was recommended to me by my sister-in-law as” fool proof”.  She promised me it would be successful!

Even with it being fool proof, I was a slightly nervous, but both I (and my daughter) were very pleased with the result.

Would you like to try this fool proof easy recipe?

Ingredients you will need:

Easy Chocolate Cake

 125 grams butter/margarine

 2/3 cup sugar

♥ 1/3 cup icing sugar

 1 ¼ cups self raising flour

 ½ cup cocoa powder

 1 tsp baking powder

 2 eggs

 1 cup milk

 1 tsp vanilla essence

Chocolate Icing

 1 cup icing sugar

 1 tbsp cocoa powder

♥ 1 tsp vanilla essence

 1 ½ tbsp boiling water.

How to make this easy chocolate cake:

1. Cream the butter and sugar together using electric beaters.

2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a bowl.

3. Add the remaining ingredients

4. Mix with a beater until the batter is smooth.

5. Place the batter in a lined tin (spray with oil then line with baking paper).

6. Cook in the oven at 180 degrees for 40 mins

How to make the chocolate Icing:

Mix all the ingredients together, adding more water if it becomes too thick (but only a tiny bit at a time).

Spread the icing over the top of the cake.


I can vouch that this was quick and easy to make, and it tasted great too.

This recipe will certainly be on my ‘to bake again’ list!

Thanks for reading


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4 Responses to Easy Chocolate Cake

  1. Audrey October 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    Hi Cath, what kind of milk should i buy for the cake mixture? What brad did you get?

    • cath October 31, 2012 at 8:54 am #

      I imagine any type of milk would be fine. I normally use semi, but have also used lactose free for my mum and both have turned out fine. So I’d go with your preference 🙂

  2. Ivan Aliku November 5, 2012 at 3:34 am #

    I love the butterfly icons added to the cake. Please I would like to ask, would it be possible to make a strawberry cake like this one? Pardon my inexperience.

    • cath November 5, 2012 at 8:11 am #

      Thanks Ivan. That was my first attempt at making fondant decorations. You could certainly make any flavour cake that you like. Do you mean strawberry flavour or having real strawberries in it??

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