Simple Chocolate Cake

My intention for today’s post was a nicely baked vegetable – potato or sweet potato or some such. But, as always, things did not go to plan and I had to dig some old photos from my draft folder and use them. This is a simple yet delicious chocolate cake. It is very easy to make and is an absolute soft and delicious delight.

It is a layered cake but I halves the recipe and made a simple cake with some chocolate frosting on top.

Recipe adapted from here

Makes one 8″*8″ cake


For the cake

200 gms Granulated sugar

125 gms All purpose flour

35 gms Cocoa powder

3/4 tsp Baking powder

3/4 tsp Baking soda

1/4 tsp Salt

1 Egg

120 ml Coffee or warm water

120 ml Milk, at room temperature

60 ml Oil

1 tsp Vanilla

For the frosting

90 gms Semi sweet chocolate

112 gms Unsalted butter

115 gms Icing sugar / Confectioner’s Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla


  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • Line an 8″ square pan with parchment
  • In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt
  • In another bowl, whisk together egg, milk, water or coffee, oil and vanilla
  • Mix the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients to make a thin batter
  • Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 25-28 mins or till the toothpick inserted comes clean
  • Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack before frosting
  • For the frosting, melt the chocolate over a bowl of hot water (double boiler method) and set aside to cool
  • Beat the butter for a minute with a hand mixer till smooth and creamy
  • Add the sugar and beat till they are light and fluffy, around 2 minutes
  • Add vanilla and chocolate and beat lightly till fully incorporated
  • Then increase the speed and beat till smooth and glossy, around 3 minutes
  • Spread the frosting on the top and sides of the cake and smooth it with a offset spatula.
  • Enjoy!


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