This 100% chocolate cake is dedicated to my cousin who celebrates his birthday today and who also happens to be a big chocolate fan. Do I need to say more? I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves while I help myself to a hot cup of lemon tea to help me recover from my bad episode of flu and sinusitis. Hope that the convalescence period does not take forever…

100% CHOCOLATE CAKE

Ingredients:

For the Cake

125g butter, room temperature

1 1/4 cups caster sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup cocoa powder

2/3 cup warm water

1 teaspoon instant coffee

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Frosting

125 g butter, softened

100 g cream cheese

500 g icing sugar, sifted

1/4 cup full cream milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

200 g dark chocolate

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180oC. Grease two 9 inch round baking pans and line the base and sides with baking paper.

  • Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one by one, and beat well until creamy.

  • Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powder together. Add half of flour mixture to cake batter.

  • Stir in vanilla extract. Dissolve instant coffee in warm water and add to batter alternating with flour mixture.

  • Carefully fold in until no flour streaks remain. Spoon chocolate batter into prepared pans and level surface.

  • Bake for 50 minutes until skewer comes out clean from the centre. Stand in pan for 5 minutes before turning.

  • Cool cakes completely on wire rack before frosting. To prepare the chocolate frosting, melt the dark chocolate.

  • For this, break chocolate into pieces and melt in microwave or over a steam bath until mixture is smooth.

  • In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese together. Add icing sugar and milk and beat until creamy.

  • Stir in vanilla, then add melted chocolate and beat until smooth and glossy. Spread frosting over one cake.

  • Top with the other cake and spread with more frosting until both cakes are covered. Smooth with a spatula.

  • Decorate with chocolate curls and candy as desired and leave to set until serving time. Makes 12-16 pieces.

Happy Birthday Cousin