We already have a chocolate cake on the website which is suitable for birthday cakes, but what if you want something even more chocolatey that will make your mouth water just by looking at it? Well, we have just the thing.

This recipe is unusual in that it has coffee in it, however once baked all this serves to do is bring out the taste of the chocolate, with any coffee taste disappearing during baking.

Before you get started pre-heat the oven to 180c.

Double Chocolate Cake Recipe

  • 220g plain flour
  • 350g caster sugar
  • 65g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Mix together the dry ingredients above and then in a separate bowl mix together:

  • 240ml buttermilk (sold at Asda/Tesco and other supermarkets)
  • 120ml vegetable oil
  • 2 large (room temperature) eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Once both sets of ingredients are mixed in separate bowls begin to combine them by slowly adding the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Once combined you’ll then need to mix in:

  • 240ml fresh strong coffee

This will make a very wet mixture. All you need to do next is divide the mixture evenly between two greased cake tins and place in the oven for around 24 minutes. Check the cake after this time and if not quite done then leave in for a few minutes longer. Once cooked leave aside to cool and get started on preparing the frosting.

Chocolate Frosting

  • 290g unsalted butter
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 65g cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

Beat the butter for a few minutes until you have a creamy consistency then slowly add the icing sugar and coco powder until combined. Once you have done this, add in the cream, salt and vanilla extract and beat until combined. If you’d like the mixture a little thicker then add some more icing sugar.

Make sure the cake is cooled completely then spread the frosting in the middle and sandwich the cakes together. You can then spread the rest of the frosting all around the cake and decorate anyway you like.

(The cake in the picture was make to say thank you to our children’s teachers for their hard work over the last year)