Incredibly easy, light yet so chocolatey - one bite and you're in Chocolate Heaven!


  • 2 cups plain flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 2 tsp bicarb soda

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 ¾ cups caster sugar

  • ½ cup cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 cup strong espresso-type (wet) black coffee (not a cup of straight Nescafe!)

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup sour milk (OR half sour milk and half cointreau/rum/grog of choice)*

  • ½ cup oil (I prefer macadamia)


  • 2 tsp butter

  • 1 Tblsp hot water

  • 1 cup Icing sugar mixture

  • 2 Tblsp cocoa


  • 1.

    Grease and line with baking parchment a square or round springform pan.

  • 2.

    Preheat oven to 180DegC.

  • 3.

    SIFT dry ingredients.

  • 4.

    Combine wet ingredients into a measuring jug/bowl then gradually add to the dry ingredients.

  • 5.

    Beat for two minutes until smooth & runny.

  • 6.

    Bake in square or round springform pan, 20cm greased & lined tin at 180 degrees C for 1 ¼ hours. (75 minutes)

  • 7.

    Leave in tin for 15 mins before turning out.

  • 8.

    Ice and store in an airtight container, or if hot weather, in the fridge.

  • 9.

    Method for Icing:

  • 10.

    Sift cocoa & icing sugar.

  • 11.

    Put butter into hot water until almost melted & mix into icing sugar mixture.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (8 servings)

  • Energy 578kj
  • Fat Total 32g
  • Saturated Fat 4g
  • Protein 8g
  • Carbohydrate 71g
  • Sugar 40g
  • Sodium 393mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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* to sour milk, add juice of one small lemon (about 1-2Tbls) to pasteurised milk - it will curdle & thicken.
While I sift my dry ingredients, I also add them to my electric mixer and allow the whisk blade to aerate them as well, then add the wet ingredients.
it SHOULD serve 8 to 10 - or 1 or 2 major chocoholics!

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Posted by lightsReport
wow this looks like THE perfect cake for birthdays! I'll be trying this one for mine - thanks for the recipe!
Posted by Philippa WightmanReport
you're most welcome ube - it really is one of the easiest cakes I've ever made.
Posted by Philippa WightmanReport
For a hospitalised friend I converted this to a cupcake - it makes around 30. Cook for approx 20 minutes. I doubled the quantity of icing and had enough to ice all 30. She'll be able to keep them in her fridge and have her chocolate cravings met!
Posted by NB2Report
Made this using sour cream (as there was a tub in the fridge) and it was delicious. Oh so moist and very light. Thanks for the recipe.
Posted by Philippa WightmanReport
Glad you enjoyed it! Nice idea substituting the sour cream for the soured milk... will have to give it a try. Thanks for your feedback & suggestion ;-)