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…



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


  • 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