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Simple Chocolate Birthday Cake

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Serves 12
Serves 12

About the bake

Looking for a simple chocolate cake recipe that's fit for any celebration but super easy to whip up? Look no further. This scrummy simple chocolate cake recipe will be your go-to party ready recipe time and time again. 

We've sprinkled ours with Halo sprinkles, for an added wow -factor. Simply decorate however you fancy, but thing's for certain - this chocolate cake packs alllll the flavour. 

10 ingredients8 steps
  • Nut Free
  • Vegetarian


  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (170°C fan, gas mark 4) and grease and line two 8" sandwich tins.

  2. Step 2

    Beat together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Unsalted butter (softened) (225g)
    • Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar (225g)
  3. Step 3

    Add the eggs and continue to mix. Then gradually fold in the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Free range medium eggs (4)
    • Allinson's Self Raising Flour (175g)
    • Cocoa powder (50g)
    • Baking powder (2 tsp)
  4. Step 4

    Split the mixture evenly between the two sandwich tins and bake for 20-30 minutes until golden and cooked throughout.

  5. Step 5

    Leave the cakes to cool on a wire cooling rack.

  6. Step 6

    Whilst the cakes are cooling make the buttercream by beating together the butter, icing sugar, cocoa powder and milk until you reach a smooth consistency.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Unsalted butter (softened) (80g)
    • Silver Spoon Icing Sugar (250g)
    • Cocoa powder (25g)
    • Whole milk (25ml)
  7. Step 7

    Once the cake is fully cooled, spread part of the buttercream in the centre and sandwich the two sponges together. Level the top cake and use the remaining buttercream to cover the top and sides of the cake.

  8. Step 8

    Sprinkle with your favourite decorations - we love Halo Sprinkles!


  • For the Sponge

    • 225gUnsalted butter (softened) 
    • 225gBillington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar 
    • 175gAllinson's Self Raising Flour 
    • 50gCocoa powder 
    • 2 tspBaking powder 
    • 4Free range medium eggs 
  • For the Filling

    • 250gSilver Spoon Icing Sugar 
    • 25gCocoa powder 
    • 80gUnsalted butter (softened) 
    • 25mlWhole milk 


  • 2x 8in sandwich tins
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cooling rack
  • Small knife
  • Cake board

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