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Basic Chocolate Cake with Frosting

Manjiri Chitnis
Delicious, easy must-have Chocolate cake recipe with frosting
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Fusion


  • Cake tin
  • Whisk
  • Hand-Blender or Stand-Mixer
  • Wire-rack to cool the cake
  • Probe to test cake
  • Spatula to frost the cake
  • Measuring spoons
  • Baking Parchment


  • 225 gms Butter softened
  • 225 gms Caster Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 220 gms Self-Raising Flour
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Soda-Bicarbonate

For the frosting

  • 100 gms Butter
  • 100 gms Icing Sugar
  • 1 tbsp CocoaPowder
  • Shaved Chocolate for garnish
  • Fresh Strawberries for garnish
  • Granish of choice


  • Lightly Grease two cake tins and line the bottoms with non stick-parchment. I manage without parchment , it's up to you, if yo are baking for the first time use it as it prevents the sides from burning.
  • Preheat Oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  • Ensure butter is completely softened or else use the old foolproof way - heat water in a pan ,place a vessel on top with the butter inside minus any packaging, watch it soften like a man melts when he looks onto the eyes's of his dearest ,ahem ...
  • Measure the Butter and sugar into a bowl and mix well they form a creamy mix, I used a fork and gave it a good old whipping:) - think of someone you dislike - your boss , your mil, your annoying neighbour, Baba Yaga the Witch - whoever - just whip away,hehehe
  • Add 3 medium or 4 small eggs, I used 3 medium-sized eggs.
  • Swift the self-raising flour into this mix ,followed by the baking powder, soda bicarbonate ,cocoa powder and beat till really smooth , I didn't even need a hand blender as the butter was perfectly soft and the flour well swifted , though do go ahead and use a hand blender on low setting for about a minute , have added a picture so you know the look of consistency.
  • Divide the mixture between the two tins. I used the foil of the butter packaging to grease the cake tins, no wastage in my kitchen !
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven for approximately 25-30mins.
  • While in the oven make the icing by creaming together the butter and icing sugar and add cocoa powder, mix until smooth.
  • Cover frosting and set aside
  • Allow the baked cakes to cool down completely on a wire-rack before frosting
  • Sandwich the frosting in-between the two cakes
  • Add some on the sides and sprinkle the crunchy choco balls on the top , go all crazy and add some chocolate shavings , I did !
Keyword Basic Chocolate Cake