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The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe I Have Ever Used!

Updated on October 5, 2012

This is the best recipe I have ever used and so I had to share. I have been baking for some years and have had a chance to do more, more consistently since having my little girl. I am not brilliant but I really love it.

Chocolate is a favorite in this house - cakes, mousses, croissants, spreads etc. So we do often make things with cocoa or chocolate. But this cake was out of this world. I have used this recipe to make cupcakes, loaves, and traditional cakes. Do try it, it is fab. Part of why it is fab is the great tips for mixing the ingredients.

And it's all thanks to the wonderful Jennifer Graham and her book: The Crabapple Bakery Cupake Cookbook.


3 cups plain flour

2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons instant coffee granules

1 cup hot water

1 cup cocoa

1 cup cold water

200g softened butter

2 and a half cups castor sugar

4 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Makes 24 cupcakes or 2 loaves or 2 (20cm) layer cakes

Preheat oven to 170C. Line muffin trays with cupcake papers, loaf tins with loaf papers or grease layer cake tins.

Sift together the flour, bicarb, baking powder and salt. This is really important as you don't want any lumps.

In a separate bowl whisk together the coffee, hot water and cocoa until you have a smoothn paste. Make sure there are no lumps. Add the cold water and whisk until evenly combined.

In a separate bowl, cream the butter. Do this until it is smooth. Add the castor sugar a third at a time, beating after each addition. Until smooth. When all is added beat until fluffy. You can't over beat the butter and sugar and the fluffier it is the bouncier and scrummier your cake will be.

Add the eggs one by one to the butter mixture, beating for at least a minute after each one. After all are added beat again until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.

Add a quarter of the flour to the creamed mixture and beat on a low speed until combined. Add a third of the cocoa mixture and beat until combined. Repeat this process twice more. Add the remaining quarter of the flour and beat until thoroughly combined: do not over beat as this will toughen the mixture. If you want to do the best job possible, you should do this by hand with a slotted spoon, but I do it in the mixer and as long as you are careful it is fine.

Spoon into tins and bake until a fine skewer comes out clean. About 20mins for cupcakes, 40mins for loaves and 30mins for layer cakes.

Remove from tays and cool on a wire rack.

Then take inspiration from the amazing images on the web for decorating and icing your creations. Here are a few of my favorites...

vanilla and coffee icecream with chocolate sprinkles
vanilla and coffee icecream with chocolate sprinkles | Source
chocolate buttercream with a raspberry and chocolate hearts
chocolate buttercream with a raspberry and chocolate hearts | Source
white chocolate buttercream with a red sugar heart
white chocolate buttercream with a red sugar heart | Source

Which would be your favorite chocolate cupcake?

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    • vespawoolf profile image

      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I'm always happy to add another foolproof chocolate cake recipe to my repertoire! Thanks for sharing. I like that you use one whole cup of cocoa, butter and instant coffee to complement the chocolate flavor. Thanks so much!

    • Nicola Tweedie profile image

      Nicola Tweedie 5 years ago from East Sussex, United Kingdom

      There are also a few tips, that I am sure most bakers already know, but I really apprecaited being told them and it was only a few years ago:

      use big eggs or add one more if you are using small ones, have all your ingredients at room temperature, use a spray on your tins (often called Cake Ease) rather than spreading them with lard or butter, always use high quality chocolate or cocoa otherwise you can end up with a burnt or floury taste!

      Enjoy baking...:)

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      OH yes, this is the perfect hub to read if you have just started a diet...the pictures especially can prompt you to jump from the roof........Yummmmmm...chocolate.....butter cream..raspberry......OMG, I'm dying over here.

      How shall I thank you?.........UP++