Simple Chocolate Cake Recipe

One of the first Chocolate Cake recipes tried by me. It’s a good recipe to start with, if you are new to baking.

Here is the recipe…

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Simple Chocolate Cake

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Course: Baking, Cakes, Dessert, Sweets
Servings: 5 -6
Author: Maria Jose Martin

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups Plain Flour
  • 1/2 cup Coco Powder
  • 1.5 cups Powdered sugar
  • 1.5 tsp Soda Bicarbonate
  • 180 gms Melted Butter
  • 1 cup Hot Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven at 200 degrees for 10 minutes. Butter a cake tin and sprinkle some plain flour on it. Make sure that the flour is equally distributed inside the tin. Keep it aside. Mix together plain flour, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, soda bicarbonate and strain it. Add melted butter and half cup of hot milk to the mixed ingredients and beat well for 2 minutes. Add remaining milk, beaten eggs & vanila essence. Beat well for another 2-3 minutes. Pour the mix to the prepared baked tin.
  • Bake the cake at 200 degrees for 10 minutes,after that reduce the temperature to 180 degree and bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Allow it to cool in the tin for 5-10 minutes. Dust some icing sugar on top & serve with chocolate sauce.
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Attached is a photo of Simple Chocolate cake made by Divya, one of my best friends and a reader of this blog, using this recipe:

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  • Hi Maria

    I tried this out and came out really well. Please note that it was my first try at baking. Thank you. . . for inspiring me :)

  • hi maria,

    ur cooking blog is inspiring even for starters like me….
    i really wanted to make this chocolate cake…
    problem is i have to do with a microwave…
    so maria, do u know how to bake this using a microwave oven???if yes please help me…

  • pleas add in more ………………………without egg stuff…………………… some people dont have egges

  • Hi Maria,

    Thanks for the Recipe..I ll trying out this cake soon..Need a clarification..is the degrees to bake in Celsius or Fahrenheit..

    Regards,
    Mary

    • Hi Mary

      Thanks for dropping in. You need to bake the cake at 200 degree Celsius. Please do try out the cake and let me know whether you liked it.

      Happy baking :)
      Maria

  • Hi Maria…….

    I tried your Simple Chocolate Cake recipe . It was really fantastic.

    thank you very much dear…………

    Arti …..

  • Thank u for the wonderful recipe of choc cake. I tried it & came good , but sweetness was little less.
    How to make choc sauce?

  • Hello Maria…….. I read your Chocolate Cake recipe, its mouth watering…….. Tomorrow z my dad’s B’day n i wanna surprise him with dis cake that i’m gonna prepare rite now. Hope it comes out well………. Shall cm back 2 u once i’m done with it………. Thank u……….

    • Hi Pratheeka,

      Belated b’day wishes to your dad. Hope he had a great day!

      Btw, did you bake the cake? How was it? Hope it came out well. Waiting to hear from you :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • cake looks very tempting……………….i got all ingredients except soda bicarbonate.Still am in confusion ……………….did u used soda bicarbonate or baking soda.?……………or can i use baking powder and what’s the measurement .

    Again

    Thanks a lot for ur blog

    • Hi Sheaba,

      Soda bicarbonate and baking soda is same.

      Substituting baking soda with baking powder, I’m not very sure about it. However in some sites they have given 1 tsp baking soda is equal to 2 tsp baking powder.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Hi Sumi,

      Yes you can bake a cake using half the qty. Take half of each ingredient. But use a smaller baking tin, since the qty will be less. Also the baking time will be less, since its a small cake.

      Happy baking & all the best!

      Hope you’ll like it :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria,

    I tried out the chocolate cake and it turned out to be excellent. I did not add eggs. However, there was this very fine bite in the cake………like bitting tiny crystals of sugar or grains of sand…..is it normal? Cause other wise the taste was simply superb.

    • Hi Ligy,

      Thanks dear :). Great to know that the cake came out well. Did you replace eggs with anything or simply omitted it? I havent tried the eggless version, so just curious to know :)

      About the tiny crystal like texture, it usually happens when the sugar is not mixed well with other ingredients. But in this recipe we use powdered sugar, so that problem cannot be there. I’m not sure whether lack of eggs can affect the texture.

      Anyways, thanks for trying the recipe & for the comment. I’m on vacation presently & hence the delayed rep, sorry about it :(

      Wish you & your family a happy & blessed new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Hi Maria,

        Seasons greetings to you and your family.

        yes. I omitted the eggs. I added a tsp of baking powder to the flour. i used powdered sugar and sifted them before mixing with the flour.

        have a nice vacation : )

  • Dear Maria,

    Looks like a lovely chocolate cake recipe. Will be trying it out today. Hey, just a small query, I wanted to know when you bake a cake in the oven, do you need to put the HEATER SELECT on TOP, BOTTOM OR BOTH? Some told me to put it on BOTH and others on BOTTOM. Im curious. Please let me know.

    And also, when you say melt the butter, do we need to melt it on the stove or just let it melt naturally. I actually haven’t done too much cake baking, so please let me know.

    Regards,
    D.G

    • Dear Donna

      Thank you :) Did you try this cake yet? I’m sorry dear for the delayed reply. I was on a holiday & hence the delay.

      I usually put the heater select on both, top & bottom. About melting the butter, you have to do it on stove top or microwave. I usually melt it on stove top.

      Hope this helps…

      All the best for baking and I’m sure you will love it :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Dear Maria,

    Yes I made the cake twice already in the past two weeks. My husband loved it. Its so soft and moist. Excellent. Really simple too. Definitely trying more recipes soon. Thanks Maria.

    Cheers,
    Donna

  • Hi Maria,

    Tried chocolate,lemon drizzle and lemon bars….Came out really well…Thanks a lot!!!!

    I was searching for a practical recipe site like this…:)

    • Hi Alice,

      Thank you so much for trying those recipes. Lemon drizzle cake & Lemon bars are my fav too. I’m glad it came out well for you. Thanks for sharing your feedback here :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • haai maria,
    i’m soo curious in cake making:& so i’m with doubts.I want to know whether the cake comes gud if we beat dry ingredients with wet ing.

    • Hi Leniya,

      I’m not sure whether you are asking this in general or in relation to this particular recipe?

      For baking, its always advisable to do what’s said in the recipe. For each cake, the technique used can be different.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • hey maria.. you have got great recipes here :)
    I m gonna bake this cake for my hubby’s bday n our 1st marriage anniv.. They r on the same day :)
    I m gonna add a chocolate icing over this cake .. Will it be good?

  • Dear Maria,
    First and foremost, let me thank you for initiating me into baking. Have been very reluctant, cos I always had a notion that even if you had all the ingredients you could go wrong. My dear, you proved me wrong with this wonderful chocolate cake recipe which I tried out for the first time on my hubby’s b’day, and it was really great to see the look on his face when we ( me and the kids) woke him up on his B’day with the home-made cake…..I am truly a convert now and intend to try all your baking recipes, besides some of the chicken and cauliflower recipes that I have already tried. Keep up the good work going and lovely snaps of the dishes too…
    Thanks sweetie and regards to Jose too..

    • Hi Preethi,

      It was a pleasure reading your comment dear :) I’m so thrilled to know that your baking experiment became successful! Thanks a ton for sharing your feedback here.

      Please keep trying the recipes when time permits and also share your feedback.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria,

    Thank you so much for this Simple and Wonderful Cake recipe.This is my best cake ever.It has come out very moist and tasty.This has inspired and motivated me to baking in the future.
    You have a lovely blog and will try more of your recipes soon.Keep up the good work.Thanks a bunch

  • hi
    i’m new to baking but it’s husband ji’s bday n he luvs cake so…
    i hav a microwave n a casserole dish of 1.5 L. can i adjust this recipe to bake him a cake?
    thanks n nice photography:)
    jeena

    • Hi Jeena,

      I’m not sure whether my reply comes on time for your husband’s b’day, sorry for the delayed rep :(

      Yes, you can adjust the qty of ing to suit your oven requirements. Hope it comes out well. Happy baking and all the best!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria,

    Im new to baking…i want to try this cake…

    I want to knw what does icing sugar and serve with chocolate sauce means??

    i understood as grinded sugar for dusting and do we have to spread the chocolate sauce on top of that…if yes which chocolate sauce…

    Regards
    Divs

    • Hi Div,

      Yu can serve this cake sprinkled/dusted with some icing sugar on top and drizzle some chocolate sauce on the cake.

      I used Hershey’s readymade chocolate sauce.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hello Maria,

    I tried out dis recipe with chocolate glaze…and it was lukin amazing….

    Thanks for the recipe…

    Regards
    Divya

  • hi maria, I want to try this recipe. I have OTG, there are three racks in OTG, where must i place the tin. Do the temperature settings remain same

    • Hi Niki,

      Always keep cakes and other items in the middle rack for baking and yes, the temp remains the same. Happy baking and hope your cake comes out great!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Maria, Doubts from a first time baker – one side of my cake was raised a little and tht part top got burned, but otherwise cake came fine making me confident enuf to try it one more time :) . did it happen because i didnt mix the batter well? I followed ur mixing timings and baking timings xactly as u mentioned. or shd i pour the cake into mould and make it even again? I used silicon mould, wil that cahgne the baking time?

    • Hi Reshmi,

      Thanks for trying this cake dear :) Though I’ve given the baking time in the recipe, it very much depends on your oven. Diff oven has diff timing.

      It’s always better to level the cake batter after pouring it into the mould. Also try tapping the cake tin a few times before placing it in the oven. I havent baked in a silicon mould, so I’m not familiar with it.

      Hope your cake comes out perfect next time, All the best and happy baking!

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Hi Neethu,

      I havent tried making black forest cake yet… Also I havent baked in preesure cooker yet. But I’ve posted a steamed honey sponge cake. May be you can try one of my chocolate cake recipes using that method.

      Hope you find something interesting!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria,

    I just tried out this cake recipe and the outcome was superb. And just have to tell you that this is my very first attempt at self-baking. ;-)

    Just can’t thank you enough for posting this wonderful recipe. It really did magic for a beginner like me.

    Please do continue to post such wonderful recipes. :)

  • Hi Maria,

    I just tried out this cake recipe and the outcome was superb. And just have to tell you that this is my very first attempt at self-baking. ;-)

    Just can’t thank you enough for posting this wonderful recipe. It really did magic for a beginner like me.

    Please do continue to post such wonderful recipes. :)

    • Hi Indira,

      Thanks a bunch for your comment! I’m really happy to know that your first baking attempt was successful and also that you selected this recipe for the same :)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Hi Indira,

      Thanks a bunch for your comment! I’m really happy to know that your first baking attempt was successful and also that you selected this recipe for the same :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria,
    The cake came out really good. .. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. .. I also tried out your home made wine recipe and received quite a bit of appreciation:-) thank you. ..
    Clare

    • Hi Clare,

      Thank you so much for taking time to leave a comment here, appreciate it very much.

      I’m really happy to know that the recipes worked out well for you..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria,
    Thanks for this recipe:)Really want to try this cake…but m having 13×9 baking pan and i like to make layer cake as well.Should I need to double this ingredients?Please clarify on baking time as well…

    • Hi Viji,

      You are welcome!

      If you want a layer cake, it’s better to double the qty. I guess it will take around 35-45 mins. Again the time varies for each oven, so use this as a guideline.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi maria chechi,i really like all your recipes..its simple and delicious..iam planning to learn baking…and i have opted this recipie as my first one..just one doubt…i have a basic microwave oven,and i dont think pre heating option is available in this one..will it be possible to prepare the cake without preheating…

    • Hi Linzu,

      Thank you so much and my apologies for the delayed reply.

      I guess, you can do baking in MW only if its a microwave convection oven. My MW baking knowledge is very limited, so as far as my understanding goes, baking doesn’t work in a regular MW.

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