This Easy Chocolate Cake does exactly what it says on the tin. A simple and foolproof one bowl chocolate cake that is absolutely delicious and perfect for all occasions.
Pre heat the oven to 170° C/325° F/Gas Mark 3
Put 150 mls sour cream, 3 large eggs, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 4 tbsp vegetable oil, 200 grams soft unsalted butter, 225 grams plain flour, 225 grams caster sugar, 2 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda, ½ tsp fine sea salt, and 50 grams dark cocoa in your free standing mixer or large mixing bowl. Mix well together with a paddle beater or hand held electric whisk. Start slowly at first if using a hand held mixer as it will all puff up at first. Whisk for a couple of minutes until the mixture pales a little. It starts out a dark brown. Mid way through the mixing scrape down the sides and carry on mixing.
Divide the batter between 2 lined 8 " loose bottomed sandwich tins. I generally weigh the filled tins to get them roughly equal. Bake for 25/30 minutes until an inserted skewer/toothpick comes out clean (no sticky bits/residue)
Leave the sponges for 5 minutes in their tins before running a knife around the edges of the cakes and carefully placing them on a wire rack to fully cool.
Meanwhile make the icing by placing 100 grams melted dark chocolate - 50 grams melted milk chocolate - 1 tbsp golden syrup - 150 mls sour cream - 100 grams soft unsalted butter - 400 grams icing sugar in a food processor, free standing mixer or large mixing bowl. Mix well and completely together before putting in the fridge for 15 minutes to firm up. No longer otherwise it will be too cold to spread on the sponges. I melt the chocolate in the microwave 20 second blasts/quick stir and repeat. Let it cool for five minutes before adding.
When the sponges are cool then spread half the icing onto one of the sponges (be generous) before carefully placing the un iced sponge on top. Ice the top of that one and then sprinkle or not sprinkle depending on mood, inclination and what's in the cupboard.
Apply to "Discarded" Face
All nutritional information is intended as a guide and is approximate.