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Easy Chocolate Cake

by Nick Makrides
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This irresistibly Easy Chocolate Cake is moist, rich in chocolate flavour with a moist and tender crumb. Paired with my chocolate ganache, it’s the ultimate chocolate lovers treat!

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For chocolate lovers like me, this cake is everything you want a  good chocolate cake to be. I’m not going to be like every other food blogger and say it’s the best-ever like every recipe. It’s just really good, and that’s enough. Strong chocolate flavor and it’s frosted with a rich and silky-smooth chocolate ganache frosting.

Extreme close up of a slice of Really Good Chocolate Cake

Why is this Easy Chocolate Cake the best cake?

I absolutely adore how easy this chocolate cake is to make. And it’s one of those recipes I feel confident making, telling people it’s really good and then having them confirm it with the look on their face when they take their first bite! I love that confidence!

Top down shot of a slice of Really Good Chocolate Cake

This Easy Chocolate Cake tastes incredible

It’s the ultimate Intense chocolate hit! It has some coffee in it which helps heighten the chocolate flavor. It’s really moist, and that chocolate ganache is the perfect hit of fudgy chocolate sweetness. Because this cake is not overly sweet.

 

Slice of Really Good Chocolate Cake on a plate

What are the ingredients I need for this Easy Chocolate Cake?

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All-purpose flour – also known as plain flour.

Caster sugar – also known as superfine sugar.

Cocoa powder – I used unsweetened cocoa powder.

Baking powder – This helps the cake rise and lighten.

Bicarb soda – as does the bicarb soda. Also known as baking soda.

Salt – I used fine salt.

Coffee shot – If you have a coffee machine, you’ll need one coffee shot for this recipe. Alternatively, you can add 2 tbsp boiling water to 1 tbsp instant coffee powder and mix them together.

Milk – full cream milk.

Vegetable oil – sunflower will work too.

Butter – I used unsalted butter. Once you’ve melted it, let it cool slightly before using.

Eggs – I used large eggs.

Vanilla ExtractAlways use good quality vanilla extract when baking, it makes a huge difference. I have a great recipe here for it if you’d like to try your own!

Boiling water – You want to make sure this is freshly boiled water, as in, boiled and then added straight to the cake. It helps make the cake really moist.

Dark chocolate – I used Nestle chocolate melts.

Heavy cream – this is the type of cream you use for whipping.

Glucose syrup – you can also use corn syrup. 

How to make this Easy Chocolate Cake!

Cake

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  1. Preheat your oven to 180 °C / 350F. Spray three 8-inch cake tins with oil spray and line the bottoms with baking paper.
  2. Add the flour, caster sugar cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarb soda and salt to a large mixing bowl and use a whisk to combine.

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  1. To a large jug or bowl, add the milk, oil, coffee, butter, and eggs and whisk to combine.
  2. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients

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  1. Mix to combine taking care to scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the boiling water

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  1. Stir until well combined.
  2. Divide the batter evenly amongst the three cake tins. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool for 5 minutes once baked and turn over onto a cooling rack to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight. 

Ganache

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  1. To a large heat proof bowl add the chocolate, hot cream, butter and glucose syrup.
  2. Stir until mixture is well combined and smooth. Microwave for bursts of 20 seconds and mix if you need to.

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  1. Allow to set at room temperature for 1 hour. If it sets too hard, microwave for 10 seconds and mix using a spatula until smooth.

Let’s Put It Together!

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  1. Trim the top of the cakes off using a cake leveler or large serrated knife.
  2. Add a dab of ganache onto your serving plate

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  1. Add the first layer of cake. Pipe a ring of ganache around the first layer of cake and fill the rest in with ganache.
  2. Spread around until smooth and flat using an offset spatula.

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  1. Add the next layer of cake and repeat until you have the final layer of cake.
  2. Spread the remaining ganache around the top and sides of the cake. You can choose to do it smooth or rustic like I did in the video.

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My Top Tips for making this Easy Chocolate Cake!

Storage

Cake can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.

Coffee shot

If you have a coffee machine, you’ll need one coffee shot for this recipe. Alternatively, you can add 2 tbsp boiling water to 1 tbsp instant coffee powder and mix them together.

Cake turntable

Using a cake turntable is the best and easiest way to decorate a cake. You can buy them online.

Other Recipes You Might Like!

Chocolate Ganache Frosting

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I’ll see you all on the following recipe. Happy baking!

N x

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Really Good Chocolate Cake

A really good, moist chocolate cake with a rich and silky-smooth chocolate ganache frosting.

Serves 15

4.9 from 12 votes
Author: Nick Makrides
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 2 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 827kcal
Author: Nick Makrides

Ingredients

Cake

  • 2 1/2 cups (400 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups (560 g) caster sugar
  • 1 cup (100 g) cocoa powder
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp bicarb soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 coffee shot or 1 tsp instant coffee powder mixed with 2 tbsp boiling water
  • 1 1/3 cups (330 ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (250 ml) boiling water

Ganache

  • 5 1/2 cups (1100 g) dark chocolate
  • 2 cups (500 ml) heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup (125 g) unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp glucose syrup or corn syrup

Learn How To Make it! [VIDEO]


Instructions

Cake

  • Preheat your oven to 180 °C / 350F. Spray three 8-inch cake tins with oil spray and line the bottoms with baking paper.
  • Add the flour, caster sugar cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarb soda and salt to a large mixing bowl and use a whisk to combine.
  • To a large jug or bowl, add the milk, oil, coffee, vanilla extract, butter and eggs and whisk to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix to combine taking care to scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl.
  • Add the boiling water and stir until well combined.
  • Divide the batter evenly amongst the three cake tins. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool for 5 minutes once baked and turn over onto a cooling rack to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.

Ganache

  • To a large heatproof bowl add the chocolate, hot cream, butter and glucose syrup. Stir until mixture is well combined and smooth. Microwave for bursts of 20 seconds and mix if you need to. Allow to set at room temperature for 1 hour. If it sets too hard, microwave for 10 seconds and mix using a spatula until smooth.

Let's Put It All Together!

  • Trim the top of the cakes off using a cake leveler or large serrated knife.
  • Add a dab of ganache onto your serving plate and add the first layer of cake. Pipe a ring of ganache around the first layer of cake and fill the rest in with ganache.Spread around until smooth and flat using an offset spatula.
  • Add the next layer of cake and repeat until you have the final layer of cake. Spread the remaining ganache around the top and sides of the cake. You can choose to do it smooth or rustic like I did in the video.

Notes

Storage
Cake can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.
Coffee shot
If you have a coffee machine, you’ll need one coffee shot for this recipe. Alternatively you can add 2 tbsp boiling water to 1 tbsp instant coffee powder and mix them together.
Cake turntable
Using a cake turntable is the best and easiest way to decorate a cake. You can buy them online.

Nutrition

Calories : 827kcal
Carbonhydrates: 57g
Protein: 11g
Fat: 54g
Saturated Fat: 32g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g
Monounsaturated Fat : 16g
Trans Fat : 1g
Cholesterol: 113mg
Sodium: 593mg
Potassium : 689mg
Fiber: 9g
Sugar : 22g
Vitamin A: 952IU
Vitamin C: 1mg
Calcium: 162mg
Iron: 10mg
Nutrition Disclosure
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30 comments

Dency Monica December 30, 2021 - 11:19 am

Your desert are pretty good nice😊

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Nick Makrides January 4, 2022 - 1:17 pm

Thanks Dency!

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Gwen December 30, 2021 - 11:29 am

5 stars
Tasty, easy cake

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Nick Makrides January 4, 2022 - 1:17 pm

hanks Gwen! N x

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Cal December 30, 2021 - 10:20 pm

Hello
You are very inspiring. I’m a fellow Melbournite. Have chef and patisserie qualifications and would love to do something like you. I don’t have any technology skills though and that’s been holding me back. I was wondering g if you ever need a helper I;d be happy to lend a hand.

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Nick Makrides September 13, 2022 - 11:29 am

Haha, thanks Cal! I’m a one man band, but I hope you get to follow your dreams! N x

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Meg January 6, 2022 - 3:33 am

5 stars
So, my daughter needed chocolate cake, and she needed it now. Your recipe is perfect! Husband loved it as well.

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Nick Makrides September 13, 2022 - 11:18 am

Thanks Meg! N x

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Jj January 26, 2022 - 3:26 pm

Was the vanilla meant to go in with the wet stuff?still tastes ok but shame got missed out.

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Nick Makrides September 9, 2022 - 11:30 am

Hi! Yep, goes in with the wet ingredients 🙂 Nx

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Ally January 29, 2022 - 6:12 am

Can I replace the AP Flour with Cake Flour? How will it change the result? Thanks

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Nick Makrides September 9, 2022 - 11:23 am

Hi Ally! Such a great question! In my research for cake flour I found that it’s not used for chocolate cakes that use cocoa powder because the cocoa powder has the same effect as the corn starch in that it already lightens the cake. Hope that helps! N x

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Janis February 11, 2022 - 4:55 pm

HI! for how many people is this cake? Thanx!

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Nick Makrides August 2, 2022 - 11:02 am

Hi Janis! It’s for 15 people! N x

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Wheng March 23, 2022 - 12:17 pm

hi. i love your cupcakes and cake designs. it was all gorgeous and looks very delicious.

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Nick Makrides April 27, 2022 - 1:28 am

Hi Wheng! Thanks so much! N x

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Erica April 16, 2022 - 11:32 am

5 stars
Omg best chocolate cake I have ever tasted!!!

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Nick Makrides April 26, 2022 - 12:35 pm

Thanks so much Erika! That’s great to hear! N x

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Hap Mwa May 16, 2022 - 9:57 am

This is the best chocolate cake I have ever tried to make. Easy and yummy. All the way from Tanzania. Will be Trying more of your recipes.

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Hap Mwa May 16, 2022 - 9:59 am

5 stars
I used whipped chocolate cream instead of ganache chocolates are expensive this side. But it turned out great.

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Nick Makrides May 28, 2022 - 7:10 am

Oh wow! That sounds delicious! Thanks for the comment Hap Mwa!

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Nick Makrides May 28, 2022 - 7:10 am

So glad to hear it! N x

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Christine May 31, 2022 - 7:28 pm

Hi! Looks amazing! Do you know if this recipe will be ok for tiered cakes? Is it sturdy enough? Thanks so much!

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Nick Makrides August 1, 2022 - 11:12 am

Hmm, I think my chocolate cake would be much more suited to tiered cakes.

Chocolate Cake

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Pat July 14, 2022 - 7:48 am

Hi Nick, Love the simplicity and ease of your recipes and elegance of your designs! An artiste! Saw your YouTube on German Choc Cupcakes that led me to your site. But alas, missed the recipe by 6 years😊. Will try your choc cake above and rate. Are you still sharing your coconut pecan frosting? Then saw your cream cheese frosting I’ve also had past issues with structure……I’m going to be busy! where to begin!!

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Nick Makrides August 1, 2022 - 10:45 am

Hi Pat! Thanks so much for the comment! I’m working on getting more recipes on the site. Thanks for your patience! I don’t think I’ve ever made a coconut pecan frosting though haha. If you have any questions about the cream cheese frosting let me know! N x

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Tomiann July 27, 2022 - 12:26 pm

5 stars
Can I add orange extract to this as well and maybe orange zest on top? Trying to give it “The Bear” feel lol😁

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Nick Makrides August 1, 2022 - 4:00 am

Absolutely! 1/2 tsp should do it! N x

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Mhalou Zubiaga November 11, 2022 - 10:32 pm

I like your all video but im sad to say some recipe did not find on the video i watch I want to suggest if you like try to write the measurement example 2 cups of flour like that. Im very impress all your video and i want to try it specially the cakes and cupxakes. Thank you very much for sharing to us.

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Nick Makrides November 26, 2022 - 6:35 am

Full ingredients list is at the bottom of the page 🙂 N x

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