Post: Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

This simple chocolate cake is now going to be a firm favourite for birthdays and celebrations. It’s also a great one to make with the kids. Apart from the baking it only takes about 20 minutes to make and decorate. I’m not a fan of the typical butter icing that is normally on cakes, so here is one I found in an Anabel Karmel book using sour cream. It gives a really tasty finish. You could also decorate this cake with mini smarties depending on who it is for.

Chocolate Cake

Author: Terry Lyons
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Serves: 10
Delicious Chocolate Cake. Perfect for birthdays and special occasions
  • 15g cocoa powder mixed with 50ml boiling water
  • 175g soft margarine
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 150g plain chocolate (use good quality such as Green & Blacks)
  • 220ml double cream, whipped to form soft peaks
  • 110ml sour cream
  • Chocolate Flakes to decorate
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C
  2. Grease and line two 7” baking tins
  3. Mix the cocoa, margarine, sugar together and sieve in the flour. Mix together using a hand blender for 2 mins.
  4. Divide the mixture evenly between the two cake tins and place in the oven for approx. 20-25 mins. Test by inserting a cocktail stick or a metal skewer into centre of the cake. It should come out clean.
  5. Remove from the oven, allow to cool, and then place on wire racks.
  6. To make the icing, melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over boiling water. When melted, fold in the sour cream, and then the whipped cream. Allow to cool slightly.
  7. To assemble, put some of the mix on top of one of the cakes. Place the other cake on top and cover completely with the chocolate mix. Smooth with a palate knife and top with crumbled flake.
  8. Chill for a couple of hours to allow the icing to set.

About Terry

Terry Lyons
Terry Lyons

Terry was a competitor on Masterchef
Ireland 2012, where he reached the final.
In what was an amazing experience, he
documented his journey on his blog, as
well as regular recipes.