How to make a simple chocolate cake
Everyone loves chocolate, so this simple chocolate cake recipe is always a crowd pleaser. It’s one of my favourites because it’s moist, fudgy, and packed with loads of chocolate flavour.
The cake takes just 10 minutes to whip up and 30 minutes to bake, so you can make it as an easy last-minute dessert if you need one. It’s also vegan! This isn’t because I chose to make a vegan cake specifically, just because I find this the best recipe because of the oil that keeps the cake super moist.
200g caster sugar
200g plain flour
30g cocoa powder
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
70ml oil (I use vegetable, but you can use any you like)
1tsp white vinegar
- Preheat oven to 180C
- Grease and flour 2 x 20cm/8inch cake tins
- Sieve all of the dry ingredients into a bowl
- Add all of the wet ingredients and mix until smooth
- Spoon the mixture evenly between the two cake tins and bake for 30mins
This is a super easy cake, so you don’t need any special advice or equipment. That’s one of the things I love about this recipe; you can easily make it by hand, so no need to have an electric mixer.
One thing to be careful of is not to over-bake this cake. I’d suggest setting your timer for 25 minutes instead of 30 and just checking (with a clean knife in the middle) whether it’s done by then (the knife will come out without any mixture on it).
Presenting your cake
You can whip up some chocolate buttercream and spread it in the middle or try using whipping cream with fruit pieces running through it. You can even make both of these fillings vegan by using alternatives for the cream (coconut milk) and butter (baking block).
Hi, I’m Marie and I love to make cakes! I started baking professionally after I was made redundant during lockdown and decided it was time to do what I love for a living. I’ve got many years of experience making cakes for family and friends and can’t wait to make them for you too! I also want to share tips and tricks from all I’ve learned over the years, so I can help you on your baking journey too.