Keeps for over a week. I have kept this cake in the refrigerator for 1 week then decorated. The cake was cut 4 days after decorating
Comments after the wedding are always favourable.
Never had a disaster with this recipe.
I have also frozen this recipe for 3 weeks before decorating.


  • 200 g good quality dark chocolate

  • 2 cups hot water

  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 250 g butter

  • 1.5 cups self-raising flour

  • 1 cup plain flour

  • .25 cup good quality dark cocoa

  • 3 medium eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • .25 cup Kahlua


  • 1.

    Preheat oven 200c When placing cake in oven turn oven to 140c

  • 2.

    Grease and line 9 inch round - 23 cm cake tin

  • 3.

    Melt in a large saucepan first 5 ingredients

  • 4.

    Then cool to room temperature

  • 5.

    Sift together dry ingredients and fold into chocolate mixture

  • 6.

    Beat gently together, eggs, vanilla and Kahlua and add to mixture

  • 7.

    Bake 2.5 to 3 hours. Test after 2.5 hours

  • 8.


  • 9.


  • 10.

    Stand on wire rack for 15 minutes then turn out right side up to cool.

  • 11.

    For Wedding Cakes I decorate with rolled icing.

  • 12.

    When making this cake for home I make a ganache.

  • 13.

    This cake can also be split and layered with ganache.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (44 servings)

  • Energy 133kj
  • Fat Total 6g
  • Saturated Fat 3g
  • Protein 1g
  • Carbohydrate 18g
  • Sugar 11g
  • Sodium 7mg

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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If you experience trouble with cakes not cooking in the centre - place a circle
of baking paper over top of batter and insert a few metal skewers in a circle about half-way in and one in the middle through the paper.
I have done this at the start of baking and half-way through it also works.

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Posted by Dianne153Report
Please enjoy, this cake is 2 Di 4
Posted by Dianne153Report
Sorry about the type.
Amount of serves should read approx. 20