Ode to Nigella 23 – Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

Let’s stay with chocolate shall we? I have a chocolate cake recipe which is on relatively high rotation because it’s a one pot wonder so to speak, in that you bung it all in the bowl, mix it, bake it, ice it and it tastes great. This gives it a serious run for its money and in fact, I’ve probably made this one more often as it is deeply chocolately but not overly rich.

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

  • 200g plain flour
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb
  • 40g cocoa
  • 175g butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150ml sour cream
  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line (or flour) two 20cm round cake tins
  2. Bung the ingredients all together in the mixing bowl or food processor and process until combined
  3. Spatula into the tins and spread out – the mix is very thick
  4. Bake for 25-35 minutes then turn out and cool.

The icing

  • 75g butter
  • 175g best quality dark chocolate
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 1 tbl golden syrup
  • 125ml sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Melt the butter and chocolate together, cool slightly
  2. Add the golden syrup, then the sour cream and vanilla
  3. Mix into the icing sugar, beat until combined and no lumps
  4. Use 1/3 to sandwich cakes together, 1/3 for the top and 1/3 for the sides