dark chocolate cake on plate

Chocolate and cake – there can surely be no better combination! Seriously! How good does this sound? These two are a match made in heaven and this easy-peasy recipe will make you look like the next Nigella.

Decadent Rich Chocolate Cake


¾ cup butter2 cups chopped semi-sweet chocolate

1/3 cup cocoa

½ teaspoon instant espresso powder

5 eggs

1 cup, minus 1Tbsp sugar

1 Tbsp all-purpose flour

For the icing: (double these amounts if layering)

175g dark chocolate

75g butter

75ml cream

Preheat the oven to 180°C.  Lightly butter a 20cm springform pan and set aside. In a medium saucepan, gently melt the chocolate and butter over a low heat. Be careful not to rush this process. Melting the chocolate too quickly will cause it to “shock” into a hard lump. Mix in the cocoa and espresso powder until smooth, and set aside for a few minutes to cool.

While the chocolate is cooling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and flour until completely combined and foamy. Fold the egg mixture into the chocolate, mixing well, then pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted near the centre.

Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before loosening and inverting onto your workspace. Slice cake through to create 2 or 3 layers. Create your layers by spreading a generous amount of icing between each, before finally covering the cake completely with the remainder. Pop on a plate, decorate with cocoa, chocolate shavings, curls or grated chocolate, and voila!


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Judy McAuliffe is a writer, and publisher Essence Mid Canterbury. Her experience in media is extensive and includes approximately 15 years as Creative Director for The Radio Network, writing, and managing the writing of radio advertising, mainly in Invercargill and Greymouth. In the late 1990’s she transferred to Christchurch, moving into an Account Management role with 91ZM. In 2007 she and a business partner set up Essence Mid Canterbury, very quickly adapting her radio-writing skills to print media. Judy became sole owner of Essence Mid Canterbury in June 2014. Judy is a ‘people person’ and has found her niche writing feature stories about the community she lives in and the people who live there. She is also available for freelance writing assignments.