Basic Chocolate Cake

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two 8" cakes or 24 cupcakes

Here is a basic chocolate cake recipe. It's simple and awesome and yummy. Can be sliced and layered, or baked into cupcakes, or had as is.

1 cup
unsalted butter, room temperature
1 3/4 cups
eggs, room temperature
2 cups
all-purpose flour
4 heaped tbsp.
cadbury's drinking chocolate powder
3 heaped tbsp.
cocoa powder
1 tbsp.
baking powder
1 tsp.
1 tbsp.
vanilla extract or essence
1 1/4 cup
milk or buttermilk

You can bake this in a 9x13 pan or use two 9" pans then layer your cakes with frosting or ganache. You can even make cupcakes out of this, it would yield about 24 small cupcakes.

You can make buttermilk at home. Take 1 cup room temperature milk and add 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice. Let this stand for 5-10 minutes and then use accordingly.

Preheat oven to 180C.

Grease and put some parchment in your pans. Then grease the parchments as well and dust with a bit of flour.

Sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Add the cocoa and drinking chocolate into the flour. Set aside.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape sides of bowl every few minutes using the whisk attachment or a rubber spatula. This is crucial. Otherwise you're going to be left with chunks of butter in your finished batter. So make sure you cream it well and don't rush! :)

Add eggs one at a time. Making sure each egg is perfectly incorporated before you add another. If you skip too quickly past this stage, you will have a cake that smells of eggs because the bits of egg that aren't fully beaten in will bake separately in the cake and it will be like having scrambled eggs cooking in your cake, eww! So incorporate the eggs whenever you reach this stage for any cake recipe!! Remember to scrape down the sides of the bowl after every few eggs. Add vanilla.

Add flour and buttermilk in three alternative pours, starting and ending with flour. Mix on slow speed and scrape the bowl during the process. I know, it's a pain in the butt. It's worth it. At this stage do NOT over mix, just combine until the batter is incorporated. Over mixing can ruin your cake.

Once everything is well incorporated, use a plastic
spatula to fold the batter a few more times to make
perfectly sure you've got everything will mixed.

Divide the batter between your cake pans. Bake in preheated oven for twenty-five to forty minutes. Check for doneness by pressing gently on the cake. If you leave an indent, not done. If it bounces back gently without leaving a mark, done. You can use a toothpick to check also. Don't over bake the cake! :)

Let the cake cool in the pan for a few minutes then turn it out onto a rack to finish cooling completely.

Now you can frost it, slice and layer it, ganache it with chocolate...anything you want!


HERE is my frosting recipe.


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No, best to use butter for this recipe.

av recently been introduced to this website by my friends cooking has never been this much fun av been trying 2bake a simple cake like 4ever & 4 the first time ALHAMDULILAHI. may ALLAH reward you

can i use oil instead of butter???

Thank you for ur quick reply :) I really appreciate it!!

can i have a recipe for a oil cake

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Please check for Moist Chocolate Cake in this folder.

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W/Salaam, yes you will need to add the equivalent amount in cocoa and a tiny bit extra sugar, about 1 tbsp.

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W/Salaam. Please refer to this note for my measurement conversions: My Measurements

Asalaamu alaikum Fauzia,

Is it okay if I leave out the "drinking chocolate powder" and continue with the rest of the recipe? If yes, then do I need to increase the amount of cocoa powder & sugar in the recipe?


Hi,what do u mean by scraping the bowl?can u olso blend the ingredients when creaming the butter and sugar then the eggs?Shukran

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Hi, it means using the spoon to collect all the batter from the sides of the bowl so it is well mixed. Don't blend, use a cake machine or whisk.

Sorry another thing can i use margarine/blueband instead of butter?

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Yes you can.

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Either beat one egg and then divide it in half or use 3 smaller eggs.

hw much is one cup because cups differ in sizes, your 2 cups do they amount to half a kilo of flour??

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Please refer to this note for my measurement conversions: My Measurements

Salams may I. Know how many grams equals 1 cup of butter

When u say all purpose flour do u mean plan flour

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Yes, same thing.

Assalamu Alaikum, how do I store the cake and for how long? Or do I hav to add any preserving ingredients?

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W/Salaam, the cake will keep for up to 1 week in the fridge and up to 2 months in the freezer. Just wrap it very well in cling film so that it doesn't dry out.

u r a gr8cook MA,God bless u:)

Do you need to use salted butter or unsalted?

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I prefer unsalted but either will be fine.

plz tell me that do u use electric oven for baking or gas oven... plz reply meee....

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I use an electric fan-assisted oven.

thanks for replying plz tell me how should i use gas oven for baking... becoz i have larger gas oven but i don't know how to use it properly....

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Am not familiar with gas ovens, sorry! I have only ever used electric ones.

Hi fauzia,

I have tried this recipie a few times and did it with cupcakes . The problem that I have if the cupcakes flatten upon taking out of the oven. The cake taste nice though . I have look through your tips on cakes and seems to have comply on all .

Could u assist ?



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Hi, try changing the baking powder and see if that helps.

One li'l doubt Fauzia :
If I need to make half quantity of the recipe then how many eggs do i use? I'm confused about halving the eggs in the recipe as they are totally 5 in number :)

Can I use plain milk instead of buttermilk?

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Yes you can, although you can make the buttermilk and use that.

Salams fauzia, i only have unsweetened cocoa powder. Is there any way to sweeten it? Thanks for all the recipes!

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W/Salaam, add a bit of sugar to it.

hii fauzia... i made this basic chocolate cake and used chocolate frosting making it layered chocolate cake but it really got high eulogy...... it tasted nice and yummy also looked very beautiful... Thanks a lot for a wonderful recipe like this...

Salam fauzy ur recipes are awesome. Pl can u tell me hw to make d chocolate for garnishing?

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W/Salaam, check the rest of the folder for assorted ganache and frostings.

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W/Salaam, different countries have different brands. You can use salted if you cannot find unsalted. Just reduce the salt in the recipe.

salam can u name some unsalted butters? i couldn't find it

salam, I've heard vanilla essence and extract have a tiny ammount of alcohol in them making them haram. What brand or type do you use in your recipes please? Do you know if they are halal versions? or is there a substitute i could use instead?

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W/Salaam, there are many brands of halal vanilla essence, check for them online or from asian/muslim grocers. Otherwise use any flavouring of your choice or vanilla powder.

Plz tell me can v use convection oven for baking.

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Yes you can

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm............... Fauzia i made last week its was awsom...........and tasty

I have a pack of cooking chocolate. How can I use it n cake? Can u tell me some recipe that includes cooking chocolate?

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Check the dessert folder for chocolate mousse, or use the fudge cake recipe in this cake folder. :)


Salaam, is parchment same as baking paper?

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W/Salaam, yes it is.