Ultimate Chocolate Cake

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This is the ultimate chocolate cake recipe and a chocoholics dream. Delicious soft chocolate sponge filled with a golden buttercream filling and topped with a rich chocolate ganache...and it doesn't stop there! Coated with chocolate fingers and decorated with a smorgasboard of sweetie favourites this cake would be a real treat to celebrate any occasion or even just to cheer you up on a Monday!


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, gas mark 4) Grease and line two 8” tins

  2. Beat together the eggs, flour, baking powder, sugar and butter until light, fluffy and fully combined.

  3. In a separate bowl mix together the cocoa powder and boiling water to create a paste, then add to the mix.

  4. Carefully fold the chocolate paste in with the cake batter until the chocolate has been fully mixed in.

  5. Pour out equal quantities of mixture into each tin then bake for 20-25.

  6. Once baked throughout, leave to cool for a few minutes in the tin, then transfer onto a wire cooling rack.

  7. To make the buttercream, blend together the icing sugar and butter, gradually adding the milk to loosen the mix.

  8. When the cake has cooled, spread the buttercream on top of the sponges and sandwich them together, leaving the top layer plain for the ganache. Save some of the buttercream to help stick the decorations to the cake.

  9. To make the ganache, place the cream and chocolate in a heatproof bowl and melt over a pan of simmering water.

  10. Remove the ganache from the heat and allow to thicken.

  11. Spread a thin cover of buttercream around the outside of the cake and stick the chocolate fingers on.

  12. Pour the ganache on the top of the cake and before it sets,  add the remaining chocolate fingers to divide your cake into sections and fill with your favourite sweets.

  13. For an added touch decorate with a ribbon around the cake (this will also help to keep the fingers in place.)

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  1. 4 star rating

    I made this in a magimix because I wasn’t sure how to combine all the cake ingredients at the same time. It came out well and we were all happy with the finished cake. Thank for sharing this. Not too sweet or too rich. Just right.

  2. 2 star rating

    The cake bit of the cake aint good

    It makes a cake but its not nice at all.
    The paste is to watery in my opinion you should really should try and stick with 4 tbsp and add smaller amounts when needed.

    You also require an electric whisk because of the paste.

    Having only brown sugar also gives it a nasty taste. No one liked the cake itself. Never got to the point of icing and laying out the cause I wanted to taste the main cake.

  3. 1 star rating

    The recipe is awful and really misleading. I ended up with a lumpy batter due to being told to throw all of the ingredients in together rather than mixing them gradually. Additionally, the cocoa powder as a paste is a bad idea and only made the batter lumper. There’s no need to mix it with water. Very unimpressed.

  4. 3 star rating

    The recipe is quite vague in telling you to put all the ingredients in a bowl together at once and beat them. It will be difficult to combine properly if you do it like this. I found it best to cream the butter and sugar, then add the eggs, then the flour and baking powder

  5. 5 star rating

    We made this cake for Easter and it was the best cake we ever made! We used nutella instead of buttercream and it really worked well!!

  6. 5 star rating

    Cake didn’t quite rise as much as wanted, but wasn’t dry and tasted excellent.
    Would highly recommend

  7. 5 star rating

    My niece and I made this cake the same time over messenger. Really lovely, easy and well risen cake to make. Tastes delicious. We had great fun! 😄🎂

  8. 5 star rating

    This recipe is excellent, but a three egg sponge mix won’t work with 8” tins. That’s why they are flat. Use 6.5 - 7” ones for this amount of ingredients. To make a large sponge like the illustration you need 4 eggs and 225g of main ingredients.

  9. 4 star rating

    lovely cake but the recipe for the sponge was not enough to make two layers so I just added it into one

  10. 5 star rating

    Made this recipe to the finest of details and they turned out amazing!! Lovely and moist in the middle and held their shape excellently. Lots of happy chocolate lovers!

  11. 1 star rating

    I made the recipe twice as it went wrong first time and then still went wrong second time! I followed the instructions accurately but all the sponges I made turned out flat and didn't rise despite using the advised quantity of self raising flour and baking powder. I think this was due to the coco power recipe making the batter too heavy to rise

  12. 5 star rating

    Amazing cake

  13. 5 star rating

    Such a nice taste, easy to make

  14. 5 star rating

    Delicous wery wery simple recipe enjoyed with my family

  15. 5 star rating

    Perfect cake was really easy to make and tasted great!
    Would definitely make it again

  16. 1 star rating

    Not a great recipe. Followed it to the letter and it was dry and crumbly. Maybe better to weigh the eggs and proportionately adjust ingredients? And subtract the weight of cocoa powder from the flour? I’m going to try it again tonight doing just that.

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