Super Easy Chocolate Cake

7 May 2012, 01:11

What’s the time boys and girls? That’s right it’s CHOCOLATE CAKE TIME! And not just any chocolate cake, but the world’s easiest one bowl chocolate cake! Muchas gracias to the one and only Citrus and Candy for the recipe which I’d bookmarked awhile ago waiting for the perfect lazy weekend arvo.

Aaaand a lazy weekend it was! Managed to catch The Avengers which was pretty awesome (and lols at spotting all the randoms from Dollhouse!) and then the sudden craving for chocolate cake appeared out of nowhere and boom I needed some stat!

150g salted butter
220g brown sugar
100g milk chocolate
50g cocoa
160ml milk
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup + 2 Tbsp plain flour
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 170°C. Grease and line a 20-21cm square tin. In a large pot melt the 150g butter, once butter has melted add the 100g chocolate, 220g brown sugar, 50g cocoa and 160ml milk. Remove from heat, whisk everything to combine and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Add the eggs to the mixture and whisk to combine. Sift over the 1cup + 2Tbsp flour, 1½ tsp baking powder, ½ tsp baking soda then gently stir to mix.

Scrape batter into tin and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Generally I like making mini cakes so that I’ve got enough batter to make some cupcakes to give away so obviously the smaller the tin the shorter the baking time.

While the cake is cooling it’s time for the fun part! Icing! Harris Farm Markets is now stocking blocks of Callebaut chocolate and the lovely Carlo sent me over some Milk, Hazelnut and White Chocolate and it totally makes cakes incredible.

I couldn’t resist using the hazelnut chocolate for the icing and hot damn I could totally eat the ganache with a spoon! Bring 300ml of cream to a boil and remove from heat and immediately chuck in 400g of chopped chocolate and whisk. Leave to cool and freaking RESIST dipping your finger in!

This is what happens when you’re too impatient and pour the ganache before it’s cooled down enough…

While waiting for your ganache to cool why not make some pretty choc curls? I find that it helps if the chocolate is a little warm before scraping with a grater to make the curls.

Spoon on some ganache and swirl away, top with some curls and tadah! World’s easiest cake!

Spread the love and share some chocolate cake! Have an awesome week guys!



  1. World’s tallest cake too! So much pretty!

    Helen (grabyourfork)    May 7, 01:39 AM    #

  2. For a split second there, I thought that was an epic pile of cream on top of the cake lol. Ummm but it’s the shiny ganache that’s getting me all excited now.

    Karen | Citrus and Candy    May 7, 02:56 AM    #

  3. Ooooh def a recipe I gotta try. Love how you got too eager with the ganache. I do that too haha but I think it’s my excuse to ‘taste’ the ganache before icing the cake.

    Tina @ bitemeshowme    May 7, 09:26 AM    #

  4. Oh, those big blocks of chocolate are making my mouth water… and that ganache… Fantastic looking cake, and I love any recipe that doesn’t call for a mixer and only uses one bowl… lazy baking is the best!

    suz @ thesuzchef    May 7, 11:28 AM    #

  5. your cake looks awesome! I love Karen’s one bowl recipe as well, it’s my go-to recipe when I have serious chocolate cake cravings!

    Jacq    May 7, 12:14 PM    #

  6. Whoa, that is one TALL cake!

    Miss Piggy    May 7, 12:24 PM    #

  7. Your super easy recipes are really super easy & tasty! Love it! Keep
    em coming.

    Ramen Raff    May 7, 12:24 PM    #

  8. How cute is the little cupcake next to the big cake hehe. I am a fan of all things “one bowl” so I am DOWN with this recipe! I also saw the chunks of choc at Harris Farms btw and was mesmerised for a bit haha.

    catty    May 7, 02:49 PM    #

  9. This cake looks so delish and sounds easy indeed!! And man, wasn’t the Avengers an awesome movie!? Beat my fave movie Inception on imdb :(, but that’s how good it was! :)

    Tina    May 7, 02:49 PM    #

  10. YUM! I’ve made that cake before, I love it! I ate it straight out of the cake tin with a fork. Love the white choc curls, so purdy!

    Steph    May 7, 04:27 PM    #

  11. Oh wow, I LOVE that Callebaut hazelnut chocolate! I could smash a whole block in one go!

    Sarah    May 7, 05:14 PM    #

  12. yummy!

    betty    May 7, 05:38 PM    #

  13. This looks like my kind of choc cake! Nice and easy!!!
    I like making small cakes too so I don’t eat it all!!!

    Leah    May 7, 05:40 PM    #

  14. Oh YEH I am gonna make that. MMM I want some of that Harris Farm chocolate too. drool

    Esz    May 7, 06:19 PM    #

  15. om nom nom. That cake looks great! It’s so cute too!

    Kat (katcakes)    May 7, 06:54 PM    #

  16. It’s like you read my mind :) I’ve been thinking of making a chocolate cake hehe ~ can’t wait to try this recipe!

    Daisy@Nevertoosweet    May 7, 11:18 PM    #

  17. ive tried making the chocolate curls since the last time you did it which was more than a year ago! i could never get it as nice as yours! NOW you tell me your secret lol!

    sugarpuffi    May 8, 03:17 PM    #

  18. That’s a really wonderful looking chocolate cake Suze. I love the presentation and the cake stand you have displayed it on. I buy Harris Farm chocolate all the time. It’s quite well priced xx

    Hotly Spiced    May 8, 11:46 PM    #

  19. a perfect and decadent looking chocolate cake…love that oozy ganache!

    Anna @ the shady pine    May 9, 04:18 PM    #

  20. That cake looks delicious! Love that it can be made all in one bowl. Baking = Awesome. Dishes = Evil.

    SarahKate (Mi Casa-Su Casa)    May 9, 04:57 PM    #

  21. OMG! What a gorgeous looking cake! YUM!

    Izabella Hyde    May 9, 05:01 PM    #

  22. Beautiful cake and i bet it tastes delicious! got to try this one :)

    franchise takeaway    May 9, 09:05 PM    #

  23. The cake looks amazing. I need to check out Harris Farm chocolate- never noticed it before.
    Im glad others are out there that are impatient waiting for the icing to cool

    Flick Your Food    May 10, 12:09 AM    #

  24. Hehe it’s so small & cute :) and so easy to make! Perfect for late night hunger pangs ^^

    Vivian - vxdollface    May 10, 01:54 PM    #

  25. A very tall cake too!

    Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse)    May 12, 12:06 PM    #

  26. I love tall cakes – so much more impressive ;)

    Nic@diningwithastud    May 12, 04:07 PM    #

  27. mmm like how easy it is to make the chocolate cake. shall try the recipe someday.

    Melissa    May 12, 05:51 PM    #

  28. How’s it taste? :o It looks really moist (which is the opposite of what my cakes turn out) >_>

    Winna    May 15, 08:43 PM    #

  29. your right, this is easy to make! thank you for sharing! :)

    TravelJunkie    May 23, 04:19 PM    #

  30. Mmmm Callebaut choccy. This does look easy, go the caaaake! Love the 4 split photo for each stage btw.

    Gareth    May 26, 11:01 AM    #

  31. this cake looks amazing…massive chocolate craving right now!!!

    Jen    May 30, 05:54 PM    #

    this cake looks amazing…massive chocolate craving right now!!!

    Alcoholic Drink    Jun 12, 08:24 PM    #

  33. we finally made this yesterday! kid was in charge of breaking the eggs, so there’s a bit of extra crunch!! good cake!!! thanks. :)

    ragingyoghurt    Jun 14, 12:03 PM    #

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