Old-fashioned Chocolate Cake

by playingwithflour

I love a complicated recipe. Numerous steps, hours of preparation and cooking, multiple techniques. It’s a challenge I’m more than willing to accept. But sometimes it’s good to make something simple and classic, like this chocolate cake. Rich, but not overpowering, dense but not heavy, it comes together incredibly fast. I recommend using good quality chocolate and cocoa as there is nothing else to hide behind, so you will notice the difference. The frosting is deliciously chocolately and super easy to spread. Perfect for a last minute dinner party!


Old-fashioned Chocolate Cake

Recipe by Nigella Lawson

200g plain flour
200g caster sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
40g cocoa
175g soft unsalted butter
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
150ml sour cream

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

Cream butter and sugar in large bowl then add all the remaining ingredients: flour, baking powder, bicarb soda, cocoa, eggs, vanilla and sour cream. Mix on medium speed until all combined and smooth.

Pour into prepared tins and cook for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Allow to cool completely on wire racks before frosting.


Chocolate Frosting

75g unsalted butter
175g dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
300g icing sugar
1 tablespoon golden syrup
125ml sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water (If you want you can use the microwave but go slowly!). Allow to cool slightly. Add the golden syrup, vanilla and sour cream and mix to combine.

Seive the icing sugar into the chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth. You may need to adjust the thickness of the frosting by adding a small amount of water or more icing sugar to get your desired texture.

Spread 1/3 of the mixture on one cake, then place the second cake on top. Use the remaining frosting for the top and sides of the cake. Decorate as desired.